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No authorship head shot in Google SERPs, no matter what I do

 6:38 am on Aug 1, 2012 (gmt 0)


When I test any page of my WP blog in the Google "Rich Snippets Testing Tool" I'll always receive:

"Verified: Authorship markup is verified for this page."

and in the test tool the head shot appears.

However NOT in the serps... except when I search for my own name (url: mysite dot com/author/myname/).

What can it be?

I think that I've read somewhere that most pandalized sites have this problem. Can someone confirm this?




 10:13 am on Aug 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

Hi Eddie

A lot of people are complaining about this. I was one of the first to try placing the authorship tag and over a period of time it has been switched on and off several times. Sometimes my authorship stats appear in the lab section of webmaster tools.

It has been suggested on this forum that Google do a manual review of your site before authorship gets approval.

I think that it is going to take time and is still probably in the experimental stage.

My website was pandalised yet my ugly headshot still appears.


 11:48 am on Aug 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

How often are you posting on google+ and how many do you have in your circles?

I have also seen other people's headshot appear on sites that have not claimed their authorship, so you are not alone with authorship problems.


 5:58 pm on Aug 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

Thank you for your answers.

I have no post at all and about 10 people in the circles. I haven't looked into this G+ yet.

Might that be the problem?


 6:35 pm on Aug 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

Google doesn't guarantee to show author information in Google Web Search or Google News results.

I've always taken that to mean: We'll show it if we ### well feel like it, and there's not a thing you can do about it.

Profile picture Your Google+ profile picture should be a good, recognizable headshot.

It looks EXACTLY like Leela. What are they complaining about?


 7:14 pm on Aug 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

Yea, mine looks exactly like Mandy, and they don't show it either. Stupid Google.


 8:23 pm on Aug 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

Mine doesn't show up either. I've checked and double checked everything. According the webmastertools it seem to have worked for a couple of days, but I never saw it.

The next couple of days I will add extra markup so there is no doubt for google who wrote it.


 9:13 pm on Aug 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

Do many people have you in their circles? My 'real' Google+ account is in about 500 circles, and my picture was showing up within a couple days of adding authorship markup.

Conversely, a friend of mine has a site with roughly the same authority as mine, but is in only a few circles, and his photo doesn't show.

I can't say the circle count is definitively why this is happening, but there could be something there. I can say that I have never noticed seeing a photo if the author is in only a few circles (the stats are displayed next to the image in the SERPs).


 10:43 pm on Aug 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

>>>> Whoosh ///// What the heck are you lot talking about?

Nah, I don't wanna know, you wouldn't like my picture...trust me:-)


 11:04 pm on Aug 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

But Seriously Folks...

Having your picture show up in the SERPs is secondary. Are users more likely to go to your page if you're good-looking? --if you look like the stereotype of an authority in the field? (Cooking site: Use a picture of your mother. Medical site: Use a picture of your grandfather. Legal site: Use a picture of Bruce the shark*. Et cetera.)

It's about, well, authorship. When someone swipes your material and then swears they wrote it first and it was you who stole from them-- that's when you point to the Verified Author line.

* This is not my joke. Look it up.


 11:53 pm on Aug 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

I'm with you, Lucy24; it's why I don't use my own picture. Don't nobody need to see THAT mess. But I do want to establish authorship.

I am in a gazillion circles; a couple thousand I think. Fortunately for my own site, it doesn't matter all that much. Still, I'd like to know it's right so I can apply it to other places more important.


 7:58 am on Aug 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

Have had the same problem, only in my case it works for some of my authors and not for others... With no reason why it won't work for some.


 4:15 pm on Aug 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

It took about a week to show up, now my handsome picture shows on most articles. I don't think how many people are in your circles matter I only have about twenty.


 9:44 pm on Aug 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

My picture used to show up, now I don't see it as often. If posting a lot in G+ and appearing in circles really is a prerequisite, I'm taking down the authorship link.


 5:16 am on Aug 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

I tried Google+ to see if it was for me and they grabbed my mug from an older blogger site profile and used it on my behalf. I changed that picture to one of a skull xray of me and a month later they started using that. I don't use G+ anymore but still see that skull in many places.


 6:44 am on Aug 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

I heard they want to show good looking people in SERPs but this might be a myth ;)

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