Having just launched Bay Area Webs I face some upcoming challenges against the existing competition. As such I have to take extra steps to be on top, one such step is verifying my Google profile as the author of this website and getting my profile photo showing below. The background benefits of this are not fully explored, but the immediate benefit is that a photo serves as a call to action – especially when competing websites are lacking it.
Lets get on with it:
How do you get a rel author picture? It is a simple process that took under two days to show results in the case of Bay Area Webs. This is what was done:
- Started off with a verified Google+ name on my profile, this is something Google did without my intervention and there is no indication that it is a required perquisite.
- Added a profile photo in which my face is visible.
- Contrary to Google guidelines on the subject I did not make a visible link, instead I used Genesis Framework’s built-in SEO features to output the following above the closing /head section:
<link href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/106565730495372923305" rel="author">
- I added the website legitwebs.com to the Contributor To section of my G+ profile
(to get there go to Edit Profile > contributor to > add custom link)
And that’s all it took – now my website stands out against the blandness of my competition.