Google Authorship Still Not Working

I’ve been trying to setup Google Authorship on my websites and yet it seems I’ve failed to do so. Instead of the nice picture of my head next to my pages’ URLs I am only getting my name appear with a link to my Google+ page. Please see the “by Jonathan Jones” anchor text link in the following screenshot:

 Google Authorship Still Not Working

As you can see there is no sight of my ugly mug anywhere in this search result, which is a little disheartening.

So, I’ve looked into it and I’ve seen other cases that are similar to mine where only the “By [insert name here]” is showing up in the search results. It’s either a common problem or a lot of people are doing something wrong.

The only thing I can point this to is the fact that the profile image I’m using is not up to scratch. However, my profile image does appear in the search results when returned with a result from Google+ itself, as you can see in the following image:

 Google Authorship Still Not Working

Though through further testing it seems that it doesn’t matter what image you have when a result returns a Google+ post.

vlexo Google Search Google Authorship Still Not Working

I wouldn’t even say that is concrete evidence of the fact that you’re allowed to use any image when it comes to Google+, but in this instance that seems to be the case. Whether it’s because this is shared privately or because it’s my own account could play a part into why I’m seeing my image in these Google+ posts. When in fact for my website, in the case of the authorship snippet, it’s a little more complicated and does indeed require a clearer frontal shot of one’s face. This is something that I’ve adhered to and yet my face is nowhere to be seen!

I’m currently doing some testing to see what the problem might actually be. I’ve changed my Google+ profile picture, as it seems that could be the only logical explanation as to why my picture isn’t showing up.

I’m hopeful that this will do the trick and you’ll be seeing this in the search results:

Google Structured Data Testing Tool Google Authorship Still Not Working

That’s actually the only decent picture that I could find. Hopefully that actually works. 🙂

Oh, and I thought I’d also drop in here my new years resolutions for 2014:

  • I’d like to be a little more committed when updating my blogs. I do enjoy writing about my experiences whether that be about search engine optimisation or about life — on my life blog.
  • I’ll be able to add give a little more attention to my web templates website, which I’ve neglected for sometime. And yet, Google awarded it a PageRank of 4.
  • I’ll be able to do well at the agency that I work at and hopefully provide our clients with nice results — every single month. 😛
  • I’ll be able to write an article that becomes link bait.
  • I’ll avoid screw ups that might happen.

That’s all for now and happy new year! 🙂

Author: Jonathan Jones

I first first started creating websites back in 2005. This led me to creating a free web hosting business in 2007, which still exists today. I ventured into creating types of websites such as blogs and forums using Wordpress, vBulletin, Invision Power Board, Drupal and Joomla. I've since worked on some of the leading brands in the UK finance sector, in the Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) field, and now work for MoneySuperMarket, the #1 price comparison website in the UK. Social: Google+ and Twitter.

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