Google: Headscarfs Do Not Prevent Authorship Display

Sep 16, 2013 • 8:35 am | comments (12) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Authorship HeadscarfGoogle can be very picky about the type of photo they show in their authorship rich snippets. They want the photo to be recognizable and they have many more guidelines.

That being said, one female muslim blogger was upset that her photo was not showing up in the search results as a rich snippet authorship. She asked if it had to do with her wearing a headscarf, since that might make the photo of her face less recognizable.

Google's Zineb Ait Bahajji Webmaster Trends Analyst said in the thread:

The way you set authorship on your articles seems technically correct on our side and we do recognize it. The headscarf is not preventing your photo from showing.

Want proof? Search for [Amina Wadud], a prominent Muslim woman. You will see her image show up, even though she is wearing a headscarf:

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09/16/2013 01:07 pm

Is the image in the knowledge graph the same as an authorship snippet showing in the SERPs? By that I mean, is it the same mark up and the same image that gets pulled to populate that space to the right of the SERPs?


09/16/2013 02:04 pm

Good example of how SEOs and religious people have same behavior. Both believe, that it's possible to solve problems by miracle ( "magic bullets" ). Both blame others, who don't see reasons to acknowledge their importance. SEO is religion )


09/16/2013 02:38 pm

Amen to that brother.


09/16/2013 02:40 pm

Mate... Please be careful with drugs


09/16/2013 03:33 pm

Always. No SEO, religion or other stuff. Just sex and rock'n'roll )


09/16/2013 03:47 pm

i not see why need to put any authorship to help google.


09/16/2013 03:55 pm

Isn't the information in the knowledge graph taken from Wikipedia? So the image would be from the Wikipedia page, while the authorship photo should be taken from the G+ page.

jitendra vaswani

09/16/2013 05:31 pm

Google is doing good job by authorship, headscarf doesnt matter in SERP


09/16/2013 05:59 pm

The important question here is, has anyone tried masks or face paint?

Craig Hamilton-Parker

09/16/2013 10:47 pm

I'm going to get a sex change, convert and wear a burqa to make my Google profile more interesting.

Durant Imboden

09/17/2013 01:51 am

If your author photo isn't showing up in Google search, try clicking on the little green inverted arrow on another search result from the same SERP. You might find that your photo and byline are showing up on the "similar results" page, which would imply that Google doesn't have a problem with your photo. (I've seen this happen with my photo and byline since they disappeared from the main search results for my primary domain a few months ago.)


09/19/2013 02:59 am

I suppose wearing a face mask is different from wearing a headscarf. With the headscarf you can see clearly the face of the person but not so with a face mask

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