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    Author Image Showing up in Local Results. How did they do that??

    Hi All,

    I noticed what appears to be an Author photo showing up in a local business search. There isnt any content associated to it. How do I do that?

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    Re: Author Image Showing up in Local Results. How did they do that??

    Here's my favorite walkthrough guide for how to do that:

    How to Implement rel=

    I haven't checked that business, so I don't know whether they're using authorship markup legitimately, but IF they have no blog, or no articles, or in general no purely informational content on their site, you can report them to Google here: Report spam in rich snippets - Webmaster Tools Help

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    Re: Author Image Showing up in Local Results. How did they do that??

    I have set this up exactly as they say months and months ago with no authorship (image) ever showing up.

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    Re: Author Image Showing up in Local Results. How did they do that??

    Thanks Phil!

    Here's a collection of the most extensive and complete recent info on the subject too.
    http://localsearchforum.catalystemar...er-author.html
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    Re: Author Image Showing up in Local Results. How did they do that??

    Thanks. They do have a blog they use. I have just never seen the Author show up on a local search before. That's a huge advantage. No wonder they are ranking #1. Guess I will be doing the same.

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    Re: Author Image Showing up in Local Results. How did they do that??

    Jason, the homepage for that site has two rel=author tags in it, but they've been placed in the craziest place I've ever seen--they're in the sliders. The anchor text is "Google+", but you can't even see that text in the sliders. So that's pretty crazy. But that's why her image and Google+ profile is showing up in the serps.

    I actually had my image showing up in Google serps for my company, but not on purpose. I had originally linked my Google+ social icon in the footer to my personal Google+ profile. Personally, I didn't like that my image was showing up next to the main page listings, especially because it cut off part of the meta description tag. But I wasn't even using a rel=author tag, just a link to my personal profile with the icon. So if a page has a rel=author tag on it anywhere, it appears that Google will link that page to a person's Google+ personal page and show their image in the serps for that page.
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    Re: Author Image Showing up in Local Results. How did they do that??

    yeah, I'm personally really excited that the "authorship" is being showed next to the Local results. They certainly need something to increase Click through rate as there is no meta descriptions to do that (unlike organic).

    I recommend you go and read these 2 posts (in December) from Mike Blumenthals blog:

    What Makes for a Good Author Photo in the Local Results? (Part 1) | Understanding Google Places & Local Search

    What Makes for a Good Author Photo in the Local Results? (Part 2) | Understanding Google Places & Local Search


    In terms of time to "active", I've found that when I make the "rel=author" change, it can be about 2 weeks until it goes into effect.

    With implementing "authorship" (if you don't have a blog/author pages), I've included some direction (that is currently supported by Google) on this thread:

    http://localsearchforum.catalystemar...uthorship.html
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    Re: Author Image Showing up in Local Results. How did they do that??

    Like I said, I have done everything correctly, and have never had the authorship show up for any of my sites

    One of my own main sites is ranked for thousands of long-tail globally and have never had the authorship show up, and I did that one a long time ago, right when google announced it.

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    Re: Author Image Showing up in Local Results. How did they do that??

    Mike: Have you tried using the Google Rich Snippet Testing tool?

    Google Structured Data Testing Tool

    If so, are you getting the confirmation that it's verified etc?
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    Re: Author Image Showing up in Local Results. How did they do that??

    Nick,

    I just used that tool and it showed the image and the snippet adn confirmed everything.

    I went to google in the SERPs and it did not show.

    Hmmm???

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick.SEOSpark View Post
    Mike: Have you tried using the Google Rich Snippet Testing tool?

    Google Structured Data Testing Tool

    If so, are you getting the confirmation that it's verified etc?

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