Don Power of Social Media Examiner brought up a very interesting way of making your blog site stand out in Google’s search results. It involves applying an HTML markup code known as rel=”author”, and you put this code as an attribute inside your Profile name’s <a href=””></> tag.
So how do you implement this?
First, you need to have a personal account on Google+. Aside from filling out all of the important fields such as occupation, education, etc. there’s a section in your profile page called “Contributor to”, so be sure to provide your site’s name and its URL there.
Upload a high-quality photo of yourself for your profile image because it needs to look good in both full size and in thumbnail. Save your profile when done.
The next step is setting up the rel=”author”.
Basically, all you have to do is create a link to your Google+ profile that includes the rel=”author” attribute. Probably the best place to do this is in your author’s bio. Add the attribute to your hyperlinked profile picture and your name. Like the example below:
<a rel=”author” href-https://plus.google.com/123456789012345678901>John Doe on Google+</a>
NOTE: Exclude the /u/0/ and /or posts from your Google+ URL so you’re left with a direct link.
Jon notes that it could take anywhere from a few hours to a couple of weeks before Google crawls your website and associate the content of the blog post with the image on your Google+ profile. But eventually, your photo, along with an authorship link to your Google+ profile will appear next to your articles in Google’s search results.
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