I’ve spent six plus hours trying to get a handle on how to configure my websites and my Google profile so that my picture will appear next to Google search results that show a link to a web page that contains content I wrote. Everybody in the know says that having your photo appear next to your Google search results increases the number of clicks to your web site or blog. That’s my goal, but to say the process is confusing and complex is an understatement.
I think that my efforts today will ultimately give me the desired result, i.e, my picture next to Google search results when one one my pages or posts comes up. I think I am good to go because when I run tests using Googles’ rich shippets tester I do not get any error messages. However, based on what I have researched it can take some time, even months, before the author’s photo appears in the search results. I’ll update this post when I see my picture in a search result, assuming it ever happens.
For those of you who want your picture to appear with search results, I recommend you read an excellent how to article called “Rel=Author Step By Step Tutorial For WordPress” and watch the author’s demo video.