You’ve probably noticed if you’ve done a Google search recently that sometimes, when you look for something, you see some faces. Like this:

OMG it's my face... on the Google!

OMG it’s my face… on the Google!

What about these people? Are they more famous than you? Does Google like them more? As one of these famous people, I can tell you: No. In a few hours you too can enjoy the fame (and ok, the extra website traffic) of having your face on Google. It’s a tale of microdata and rich snippets. So pull up a chair, sit back, and I’ll tell you the tale that got me here.

You need a Google+ profile… with the right info:

Google needs to know I am connected with breakingeveninc.com so I tell them I have an email address with that domain and I am a contributor to that website.

Google needs to know I am connected with breakingeveninc.com so I tell them I have an email address with that domain and I am a contributor to that website.

Summary: Nicole Ouellette (this Nicole Ouellette) is the person connected to Breaking Even.

You need an author page on your website (a place where someone can find all your posts) and you need to insert some author data on one of your blog posts. WordPress has a plugin to insert Schema.org data on a post and the software you use might have something like this.

Summary: Nicole Ouellette (that name in the code) is an author on this site. 

Finally you need to go to the Google Rich Snippet Tool and make the two things talk to each other:

Hey Google, I wrote this blog. Are you picking up the data I added to it?

Hey Google, I wrote this blog. Are you picking up the data I added to it?

 

Sometimes you may have to put your Google+ profile link in:

Here you go, Google.

Here you go, Google.

You can also go here it turns out: https://plus.google.com/authorship

Summary: Nicole Ouellette on this website is the Nicole Ouellette in the Google+ profile.

A day or so from now, you’ll get an email:

Google emailed me, I'm famous!

Google emailed me, I’m famous!

So did my life entirely change since doing this? Not really. I mean I can still go to restaurants without being mobbed but now that I’m revealing this, who knows what’ll happen…

While it won’t alter your life significantly, you have to admit, your face on Google is pretty cool!

[schema type=”person” name=”Nicole Ouellette” email=”nicole@breakingeveninc.com” ]

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