My buddy Logan Thompson recently showed me a pretty cool trick that will place your image next to your site within Google’s search results. Considering there aren’t really any other images in the Google search results, it’s easy to see how this could help increase your search traffic. It’s very easy to setup and only takes a few minutes. It does take awhile for Google to actually add it to their results (Logan said it took 5-6 months for his to show), but I still suggest you do it for your sites. All that is required is a Google Plus account. Speaking of which, you should add me to one of your Circles!
As long as you have a Google Plus account you can setup your site so that your image will be included in the Google search results in just 2 easy steps.
Add Your Website to your Google Plus Account
You have to have a link to your website on your Google Plus account and a link to your Google Plus account on your website. First, head over to your Google Plus profile page (http://profiles.google.com/me/plusones). Once you are there, click Edit Profile.
The reason you need to edit your profile is so you can show the +1s’s tab on your profile.
Check the Show this tab on your profile box if it is not already checked and click Save. This makes the pages you +1 public on your profile. Now, click the About button to edit your About page. Click Contributor to and add your website. Once you have clicked Done Editing you’re all set with changes to your Google Plus account.
Add Your Google Plus Link to your Website
There are a few ways you can add your Google Plus link to your website. You can either add it as a simple link or you can use the Google Plus Badge plugin. I used the Google Plus Badge and the link.
It’s really easy to create. They give you the code you can place on your site or blog and all you have to do is copy and paste it. Plus, by using the badge your visitors can add you to their circles. The other option is to just add a link to your website that goes to your Google Plus Profile and uses the rel=”author” tag.
Copy and paste this link:
<br /> <a href="https://plus.google.com/YOUR GOOGLE PLUS ID?rel=author">Your Name</a><br />
Of course, with the link above you will need to change YOUR GOOGLE PLUS ID with your Google+ ID. By adding this link to your site Google will know that you are the author for your website and add your image next to your results.
Make sure it works
It seems simple enough, but Google has a nice tool that allows you to check to make sure that you have done everything properly. The tool is called Rich Snippets Testing Tool. Head over to that page, enter your website URL, and click Preview. If everything is setup properly you’ll see it’s verified:
With the Badge option make sure you are still using the author rel=”author” tag. As long as you are fully verified and approved then your image could start showing up in Google Results within a few months.
Considering that it may be easy to get confused with all that, how about a quick screencast to explain it?
Of course, let me know if you have any questions! :)