How Do Hubbers Get Their Picture To Show Up Google Search Results?

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  1. Rock_nj profile image93
    Rock_njposted 5 years ago

    Lately, I've noticed some Hubbers Have Their Picture along side Google Search Results for their Hubs.  How is this done?  Seems like it may be helpful to entice people to click on a Hub link in Google.

    1. amuno profile image90
      amunoposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You can search for the topic 'Google authorship'. A number of hubbers have also written about Google authorship. This should be your starting point.

      Basically you need to have a working Google+ account with a decent picture, and ultimately linking it with your HP account.

      Start here: http://glennstok.hubpages.com/hub/compl … directions

      1. Glenn Stok profile image97
        Glenn Stokposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks, amuno, for mentioning my hub where I explain how Hubbers can have their picture displayed with Google Search Results. I just noticed your post as I was browsing forums.

        1. amuno profile image90
          amunoposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Anytime Glenn and thanks for the hub.

    2. MelissaBarrett profile image61
      MelissaBarrettposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Mine started after I linked my hp to my google plus pages... So that's how it happened.

      Yes, it got me more views, especially when it went up on a hub that was above the fold in the google ranks.

      Now, the next question is why it only shows up next to certain hubs of mine and not others.

      Since the ones it is showing up on are all of a similar topic, I'm assuming that means something.

      1. Glenn Stok profile image97
        Glenn Stokposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Melissa, it may be showing up on more of your hubs than you realize. If you check it while you are logged into your Google account, then Google only displays your picture on the first hub in your SERPs. Try it without being logged in, or click the "Hide personal results" button. I also noticed that they sometimes only display the picture on the first result if more than one hub from the same author is returned for the search query.

        1. MelissaBarrett profile image61
          MelissaBarrettposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Good point.  I'll try that smile

    3. Simone Smith profile image94
      Simone Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Just make sure you add a link to your Goolge+ profile page under the links section of My Account > Profile.> Edit Profile, Rock_nj!

      1. Glenn Stok profile image97
        Glenn Stokposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        In addition to adding your Google profile link in your HubPages profile, you also need to add a reciprocal link from your Google profile back to your HubPages profile. That's how Google protects you from anyone else claiming authorship of your hubs.

  2. Randy Godwin profile image92
    Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago

    Not with this mug!  lol

  3. Anna Sternfeldt profile image61
    Anna Sternfeldtposted 5 years ago

    Interesting subject! Good to learn. And Amuno, that link you provided was really good, so thanks for sharing that.

  4. daydreams profile image97
    daydreamsposted 5 years ago

    Is it acceptable to have more than one google profile? It is just that I would rather use a pseudonym for things like hubpages, but I think I read somewhere google doesn't like people doing that.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image97
      Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      No, apparently Google has a rule that you must use your real name.   That's my dilemma too, because Marisa Wright is my pen name.

      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image95
        DzyMsLizzyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Really??? I show up on G search, and obviously, I'm using a pen name here......

        1. wilderness profile image97
          wildernessposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Ditto; Wilderness is an obvious pen name and it hasn't been a problem.

          1. Marisa Wright profile image97
            Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            I just took a look at your Google+ profile and it's in your real name, not "Wilderness".

          2. Glenn Stok profile image97
            Glenn Stokposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            wilderness, You are right. You don't have a problem because you are using your real name in Google. However, you have WWW in front of one of your reciprocal links to HP.  HP does not use WWW in their URLs. You really only need one link back to HP anyway. Remove the bad one to avoid that dead link.

            1. wilderness profile image97
              wildernessposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              Thanks, Glenn - I'll check it out.  I went through the procedure given by HP, the photos showed up in searches after a few days and I figured I was done.  Perhaps I wasn't!

              I checked three different hubs with the test tool and all three say authorship is verified.  The lower box, to input the G+ profile in, also says everything is fine.  Is there something else?

              1. Glenn Stok profile image97
                Glenn Stokposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                Your photo shows up in the search results because you did indeed have a good link. You have two links back to HP, one good and one bad. So Google was able to complete the authorship verification with the good one.

                1. wilderness profile image97
                  wildernessposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  Crazy.  I do seem to remember trying a long time ago to set that up and failing to get it right.  HP cleared up the instructions and gave more help, whereupon it all worked. 

                  Whatever, it's working now, then.  Thanks, Glenn

                  1. Glenn Stok profile image97
                    Glenn Stokposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                    It's best to remove the incorrect link to avoid confusion - The one under  "Contributor to." Leave the one under "other profiles" since that is the good one. If you click the links to test them you will see what I mean. The bad one goes to a page that says "Sorry, that user does not exist."  I know you very much exist! smile

        2. Marisa Wright profile image97
          Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          So did you set up a Google+ profile using your pen name?

          1. daydreams profile image97
            daydreamsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Since posting I read that google have changed their rules and you can (sometimes) use pseudonyms (although their rules still seem confusing). I have set up a google + account using a pen name, but I am a bit worried they will notice and shut me down or something.

        3. Glenn Stok profile image97
          Glenn Stokposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Liz, you show up in Google search because you are using your real name in your Google profile. It doesn't really matter if you use a pen name on HP as long as you use your real name on Google. Your authorship is also confirmed because you have the reciprocal link in your Google profile back to HP.

  5. Ms Dee profile image84
    Ms Deeposted 5 years ago

    I'm having a problem with my photo not appearing even though I have a link to my HP from Google+ and from my HP profile to Google+. I'm stumped. Any suggestions?

    1. Glenn Stok profile image97
      Glenn Stokposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Ms Dee, I checked your authorship status with the rich snippets test tool and it says "Authorship is not working for this webpage."

      So I looked further into it and found that you are using the wrong URL for your Google profile. If you click it on your HP profile you will see that it does not go to your Google profile.

      You need to use the URL format as I indicated in my Hub on the subject.

      Example: https://plus.google.com/xxxxxxxxx

      ...where xxxxxxx is your Google account number. 

      You have a # before the  number.  Remove it and then test with the rich snippets test tool to be sure you did it right.

      1. Ms Dee profile image84
        Ms Deeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks so much, Glenn, for checking into my situation! You are so kind to do so smile. I thought I had followed your instructions in your hub about this, but I obviously did not understand correctly.

        OK, I removed the "#" from before my Google account number in the link in my HP profile. I pasted then that resulting link in the rich snippets test tool to be sure I did it right. However, when I clicked on "Preview" the Authorship Testing Result says it is not working for this webpage.

        Do you have any other ideas?

        The results also say:
        Link (direct or indirect) from website to Google+ profile: Yes
        Public contributor-to link from Google+ profile to plus.google.com: No

        I do NOT understand this last line for which it says "No".

        1. Glenn Stok profile image97
          Glenn Stokposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          The same thing happened to LCDWriter as she said in her post above. This seems to be something new from Google that takes a little time to process, as psycheskinner said above. You seem to have done it right, so just give it a little while and test again later.  One thing though - you may want to remove the duplicate reciprocal link. No need to point back to HP twice. I have no idea if that creates any negative side effects.

          1. Ms Dee profile image84
            Ms Deeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Glenn, That sounds promissing. Do I need to have "rel=author">Google</a>" after the number for my Google account?

            1. Glenn Stok profile image97
              Glenn Stokposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              No! Don't try to reinvent the proper method. I never said to include rel=author.  That goes in each of your hubs and HP already is doing that part for you as I explained in my hub. The link in your HP profile uses rel=me, but HP is doing that part for you too. So all you need is the URL itself.

              All this is behind the scene stuff that you don't need to concern yourself with, unless you want to know the full HTML coding that Google requires. That's only necessary on some other websites as I explained in my hub.  But HP takes care of all that difficult stuff for you. 

              As ktrapp said, your authorship is set up properly now. It just took a little time to be reflected in the rich snippets test. So leave it alone and reap the rewards. You did a great job, trust yourself.

              1. Ms Dee profile image84
                Ms Deeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                Great, Glenn! Thanks! Yeah, I thought you said to not include that, but then in the Authorship Testing Result it included that in what should be in the URL, so I got confused. Very appreciative for your getting me through this. smile

                1. Glenn Stok profile image97
                  Glenn Stokposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  Ms Dee - you saw it in the testing results because HubPages adds it for you, which is why I said not to include it. Adding it twice messes up the HTML code and causes problems. I see a lot of people make that mistake and then never test it to discover they did it wrong. But you are all set now. Congrats.

                  1. Ms Dee profile image84
                    Ms Deeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                    Glenn, okay, I see. This is a relief. Thanks!

                    I still don't see my picture with my hub listed on Google this morning, but it just may take a few days for that to happen.

        2. ktrapp profile image96
          ktrappposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          If you put the URL for your HubPages profile (ms-dee.hubpages.com) or the URL of any one of your Hubs into the rich snippets testing tool you will see that it appears that your authorship is set up properly, with your profile image showing.

          1. Ms Dee profile image84
            Ms Deeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            ktrapp, Thanks for pointing this out!. So, I guess I just need to give it some time, like Glenn suggests, then.

  6. LCDWriter profile image96
    LCDWriterposted 5 years ago

    This is good information but I'll admit I *still* can't figure out how to get this to work. I can't even find the edit profile button on google plus anymore.  I did what Glenn suggested and tested it and I get this message:

    Link (direct or indirect) from website to Google+ profile: Yes
    Public contributor-to link from Google+ profile to plus.google.com: No

    Obviously I need to fix the second part.  I do have my hubpages profile page linked in google plus but its obviously not in the right place?

    Whew, I've got a headache just looking at this.

    1. Glenn Stok profile image97
      Glenn Stokposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      LCDWriter, I just checked your profile and one of our hubs with the rich snippets test.   Your authorship is verified.  Everything is fine.

  7. psycheskinner profile image81
    psycheskinnerposted 5 years ago

    The linkback looks fine to me, maybe give it some time to get processed.

  8. LCDWriter profile image96
    LCDWriterposted 5 years ago

    I'm not sure how you did it (or how I did it) but thanks Glenn (and psycheskinner).  I appreciate you taking the time to test it for me.

    1. Glenn Stok profile image97
      Glenn Stokposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Whatever it was, you did it. Give yourself a pat on the back - you deserve the credit.

  9. moonlake profile image89
    moonlakeposted 5 years ago

    How do I go about Authorship Email Verification. I tried it in all kinds of ways and this is what I get.


    Email address on the hubpages.com domain has been verified on this profile: No
    Public contributor-to link from Google+ profile to hubpages.com: Yes
    Automatically detected author name on webpage: victora lynn.
    Error: Author name found on the page and Google+ profile name do not match.

    I'm very confused over this but I can't figure it out.

    1. Glenn Stok profile image97
      Glenn Stokposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      moonlake - You can only use email verification for Google Authorship if you have an email address with the same domain as the site you write on. With HubPages, only the staff have email addresses under "hubpages.com"

      Google provides several different methods to claim your authorship. HubPages is one of the easiest sites to do that. All you need to do is put the Google link in your HP profile and your HP profile link in Google.

      The fact that only you have control on both sides is what protects you from anyone else claiming ownership of your hubs.

      1. moonlake profile image89
        moonlakeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you I have done that so I guess I did it right just didn't know it.

 
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