Maybe I'm Not That Ugly, My Face Is Back In Google

Aug 16, 2013 • 8:03 am | comments (11) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google AuthorTwo months ago, I got very emotional about my ugly face not showing up in Google. To make a long story short, whenever anyone searched on virtually anything about search, SEO or Google, my face was bound to show up on the first page of Google either via a story I wrote here or on Search Engine Land.

But suddenly, several months ago, my authorship, my author rich snippets, disappeared specifically for this site. It did not disappear for other major sites as well. Google confirmed last month there was a bug with authorship that impacted "very few sites."

I've been checking randomly since then and I am now starting to see my picture, pulled from my Google+ profile, show up again in the search results for this site.

For example, a search on a story on this site returns my image next to the search results:

authorship back

It is not yet on all my stories, but that might take some more time.

Did your authorship return as well?

Forum discussion continued at Google Webmaster Help.

Previous story: Daily Search Forum Recap: August 15, 2013



08/16/2013 12:17 pm

Barry, I think if you want to guarantee that this doesn't happen again that you need to grow a full beard.

Joey Altherr

08/16/2013 12:26 pm

Yep, full Duck Dynasty style


08/16/2013 02:25 pm

like this ?

Craig Hamilton-Parker

08/16/2013 02:26 pm

If they use crude facial recognition software to distinguish between a genuine profile and a logo then the beard may confuse things. My beautiful face disappeared until I changed the background to a plain colour.

Daisy Pinto

08/16/2013 03:14 pm

Not ugly by a long-shot, in spite of that 'thing' on your face.

Stephane Brault

08/16/2013 03:34 pm

You should go for the Dave Grohl look ;-)


08/16/2013 03:40 pm

It might just be sympathy on their part ;)


08/19/2013 04:46 pm

I'd read your article over Mike Blumenthal's. He looks like a retired Hulk Hogan with Downs Syndrome.

Sean Hull

09/18/2013 07:43 pm

Congrats Barry. Perhaps my authorship will start showing as well. I just configured it recently, so I'm guessing google will bless me soon enough. Cheers!

Sean Hull

09/20/2013 04:25 pm

My authorship photo has started showing up in google SERPs. Interesting though, only for *certain* pages. Not sure how google decides this. They *do* seem to be my more popular posts in recent months. I guess it's a question of how google measures authority. Why the Android Ecosystem is Broken is one that's working...

Joe Vennare

06/24/2014 09:20 pm

Barry, in another post you mentioned you reported that it was not showing up, how did you do that?

blog comments powered by Disqus