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DIY Blog Design Series: How to Get Your Picture in Google Search Results

Monday, October 14, 2013

You may have noticed when you do a Google Search that a photo appears next to some of the links, making the link stand out and look more professional than the rest. This is called Google Authorship Markup. Basically, it connects content to its author and improves your chances of people viewing your site.

DIY Blog Design Series How to get your picture to show next to your Google search results and why that is important
Here is a clip from my Google Search of “DIY Pascal Halloween Costume.”

Google Search 01
As you can see, out of over 4.4 million results I appeared first with my Google+ (and erinbettis.com) photo.The links below mine do not have the authorship markup, giving me a major leg-up over this search.

If that’s enough motivation for you to use this technique, here are 10 reasons why you should claim your Google Authorship Markup.
  1. Establishes authority
  2. Increases page views
  3. Increases click through rates
  4. It makes your link stand out
  5. Professional looking
  6. Increases visibility
  7. Provides individuality from other similar websites or from people with the same name
  8. Branding
  9. Builds a community through Google+
  10. Combats plagiarism
How do you add Google Authorship Markup to your content?

Well, I found two sites that explain it best.
  • Google+: They offer an easy step-by-step process to add it if your domain email address matches the email address where your content is published. If it doesn’t match, I suggest:
  • JM Internet Group: Jason has a fabulous tutorial  on this process, which I used myself.
Viola my friend. You have just claimed your content and you’re on your way to a more successful site. If you use Google Authorship Markup, how has it helped you?

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