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How to Add Image in Google Search

How to Add Image or Profile Picture in Google Search results

Display your profile image in Google Search Results.

I am sure while searching for something on Google, you have noticed a small image with some of the listings in Google’s search results, you can see an example of what I mean in the screen shot above, with my profile image displayed when I searched nigel brookson in Google.

When I first discovered these images being displayed, I thought that looked really cool and something I wanted to have happen for searches relating to my personal website.

I am now going to share with you exactly how to add your image so it is displayed in Google search results with these 3 easy steps.

Note: there are a number of ways you can achieve adding your profile picture in Google search results but they all involve doing these 3 things.

  1. Create a Google+ Profile.

    If you don’t have one already, this is a good reason to sign up with Google Plus. There are reasons why you should have a Google+ account if you are looking at social networking.

    Unlike Facebook, the profile image size you choose can be quite large; I chose mine with dimensions of 500px x 500px. Make sure you choose an image you like because it will appear all over the world with your articles.

    Once you have set up your account, you can add some details to your profile page by clicking Profile, then Edit Profile.

    The important one here for adding your image and linking it to your website is the Contributor to section.
    Add the correct path to your About page using mine as an example, I added:
    http://www.nigelbrookson.com.au/about/

    Copy the url to your Google Plus home page; mine was: https://plus.google.com/102652275860254349399 and save it in a notepad file on your computer.

  2. Create an ‘About’ page.

    You will, if you haven’t already, need to have a page that defines you as the author on your website. This is typically the ‘about’ page that includes some biographical information about you, and this is the page that you will link back to your Google Plus profile.
    Using my about page as an example, you will see a line near the bottom of it that contains:
    plus me on Google+ at the bottom of the page.
    The code for this is:
    plus me on <a href="https://plus.google.com/102652275860254349399" rel="me">Google+</a>

  3. Adding Link Relationship (Author) to your website.

    If you are a client of Thinking IT and have ‘Administration’ access to your website, you can do this step yourself. If you do not, simply contact Thinking IT and it will be done for you at no charge.

    In the header section you simply add:
    <link rel="author" href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/102652275860254349399">

  4. If you have followed these steps correctly, you are done and now you just have to wait. Depending on how often you post new material to your website it can take from 2-3 days to two weeks for Google to find your newly added code and attach your image to its search results for your website.

  5. Test using “Google Rich Snippet Testing Tool”

    There is a way you can test to see if you have done everything correctly by visiting Google’s Rich Snippet Tool, found at:
    http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/richsnippets.
    Enter your website’s url and Google will show you what it sees and will eventually display.

For my personal website this is what Google’s testing tool displays:

www.nigelbrookson.com.au verified with Google Rich snippet Testing Tool

verified publisher

If you are a client of Thinking IT and have any problems, or are not sure of something, contact me at Thinking IT and I will happily help you get your profile picture in Google’s search results for your website, at no charge.

If you are not a client, feel free to leave your questions in the comments section below and I will answer them there.

About Nigel Brookson

Website Designer, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur. Environmentalist. Follow me on
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