Make Sure Your Google Headshot Is Recognizable

Oct 30, 2012 • 8:34 am | comments (11) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google AuthorOne of the largest complaints I see in the forums is that of webmasters complaining that their image is not showing up in the Google search results.

Did you ever think that Google doesn't show your image because they don't think it is worth looking at?

A Google Webmaster Help thread has Googler, John Mueller, reiterating a statement in the authorship Google document that "good, recognizable headshot as your profile photo" is an important part of getting included in Google's search results.

John said that "it's really more than just having your face somewhere on the photo." So just having your face in a photo is not enough and you need to make sure you get a nice profile photo so your Google authorship thumbnail shows up.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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10/30/2012 05:16 pm

So no more Meme Cats? Bummer!


10/30/2012 10:48 pm

So do they manually review this? or is it automated?


10/31/2012 05:31 am

What do you think they have a profile photo review team? Of course its automated.


10/31/2012 02:30 pm

who cares ??? No one uses google plus


10/31/2012 05:04 pm

Except for all those people that are using Google+

Pedro Matias

10/31/2012 10:55 pm

While that seems to make sense; I've seen and I'm sure you did too some logos of companies being included in the SERP.


11/01/2012 07:10 pm

Launched a small site that includes my author tags on 10/28. All pages were indexed in Google with my author pic when I checked on 10/30. Same pic as used on Disqus


11/02/2012 07:10 am

what if someone is wearing shades in his profile pic? Will it be a problem?


11/06/2012 07:27 pm

I should probably change mine then. I'm looking at my shoes or something.

Brett McNally

06/14/2013 11:24 pm

do you think my photo (as displayed to the left) is suitable? im thinking its not?

Chuck Baggett

08/23/2013 08:06 am

When I do this search for my name I get a picture of Trayvon Martin and a link to my profile, which makes no sense at all. How does Google come up with that result?

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