I can see that the rel="auther" attribute is used on individual hubs to point to our profile pages. But It would be nice to set up the rel="me" from our profile pages so we could link back to our google profiles.
I have followed Glenn's tutorial and could not get it to work.
I've gotten it to work on other sites where i publish -- I know, because my name and photo appears in Google search results -- but on those, I was able to use rel="me" in html on my member profile to link to my Google profile. Since we can't enter HTML on Hubpages, we can't use that method.
The alternate method was to append ?rel=author onto a URL with a + sign in the link text (which is a nonstandard and ugly implemetation.). Has anyone had success with that?
You wrote a great explanation of the process too. And I highly recommend anyone who is having trouble understanding mine, to read yours.
The "?rel=author" is the alternative method and the only way to do it on HubPages at the moment. I agree with you that it is an ugly implementation. But Google added it only to serve sites like HubPages that don't allow HTML.
I have discovered that Google favors the original rel="me" method as I had my image appear in search results for my business site blogs shortly after I set up authorship for my site.
But the alternative method does work, it just seems to be LESS favored by Google. It seems they are selectively including images for authors who use the alternative method as I described in my Hub. I do see some Hubs, in addition to profiles, with images showing.
On that note, I have to congratulate you, Greekgeek. You DID get it to work. At least since you last posted here, your image is showing up on search results for HubPages.
For those who don't have their image showing either way, as long as they followed either instructions, and as long as the rich snippets test shows no errors, they can rest assured that their authorship is intact.
What's odd is that my Google profile icon and author link is now showing for my profile page but not any hubs, even though I've got one hub with serious Google mojo that outranks the profile page in search results.. I think Google likes to play mind games and see how many hoops we'll jump through to get our cheese.
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