Canonical URL Issues Can Prevent Google Authorship Display

Jan 15, 2013 • 8:39 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google AuthorA Google Webmaster Help thread has one webmaster complaining that his author icon is not showing up in the search results. To be honest, this is a common complaint.

Pierre Far responded to this case explaining why his author icon may not be displaying in this case.

One reason we covered already. It is that your headshot must be recognizable and not some sort of abstract icon. This webmaster had this issue.

Contributor To Google+The second reason we did not cover. The "Contributor To" section of your Google+ profile must have the proper URLs of the sites you contribute to. For example, in this case, the user listed the non www version of his site and Pierre said he had to have the www version of the site for it to work in this case.

Pierre Far from Google wrote:

In the profile annotated as the author ( ) you specify you are a contributor to different URLs on but your website is You should specify you are a contributor to the www variant.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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Andrea Pernici

01/15/2013 01:57 pm

Pierre Far is wrong look here You can read here to find more probable issues Here the problem is clearly related to the profile picture that shows a Dog.

Wouter Blom @stramark

01/15/2013 02:46 pm

If you have your face google SERPs, and you replace it with a logo. Google will show it until it recrawls your website. If you change your profile picture back to the real thing, google takes the time to recrawl everything before showing your face again in the serps. So it can be done to have a dog in the serps, BUT you will need to pass the "is this a real face" test google has on you g+ profile. Google does seem to have some kind of algorithm for deciding whick serp to show with picture and how many pictures to show in the first 10 results. if you look for "author tag" it may be all 10, but more focused keywords only 2 or 3.

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