Google Starts Showing Author Images In Search Results

Online authors are now being highlighted in Google’s search results … if they’re using the recently announced rel=author markup language.

Right now, Google says it’s working with a small group of authors who have linked their Google Profiles to their online content. One of those authors is Search Engine Land’s Editor-In-Chief, Danny Sullivan, and his content will be highlighted like this in Google’s search results:


The author’s name and avatar comes from his/her Google Profile.

Google says it will also show the authors’ content on their Google Profiles, too.

The rel=author tag was introduced earlier this month.

Related Topics: Channel: SEO | Google: Authorship | Google: Rich Snippets | Google: SEO | Google: Web Search


About The Author: is Editor-In-Chief of Search Engine Land. His news career includes time spent in TV, radio, and print journalism. His web career continues to include a small number of SEO and social media consulting clients, as well as regular speaking engagements at marketing events around the U.S. He recently launched a site dedicated to Google Glass called Glass Almanac and also blogs at Small Business Search Marketing. Matt can be found on Twitter at @MattMcGee and/or on Google Plus. You can read Matt's disclosures on his personal blog.

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  • Damir Kotoric

    So I’m guessing the author’s photo comes from their Google profile page? And what about businesses?

  • Brent Raymond

    This could be a blessing or a curse. It could pave the road for an UI author citation indexation tool! Or it could be just another means to advertise..

    Let’s hope Google is not tempted by the darkside.

  • Kolači

    is there any update to this information (about businesses)?

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