• http://www.uniquesocialbookmarking.com MarkUpshaw

    Great post. The detailed instructions are appreciated. I was able to follow them and complete the task for my Squidoo content. I had avoided tackling this until I read your post.

  • http://www.gfWEBsoft.com Glenn Ferrell

    Wow – and as if simply giving us an analysis of the implication of these new moves by Google were not enough, you provide a detailed roadmap to take advantage of them !

    The fact that Google is tracking authorship should encourage more sites to allow more detailed (and identifying) bylines for their authors since it is now a win-win for both. The facial recognition aspects are something I had never thought about — perhaps we’ll start seeing more head shots on Twitter. Actually (sidebar) there is even some PR crossover here. Companies who have known authors on board, who publish photos of their management in news releases, on company blog posts, on about pages (believe it or not, about a fourth of my small business clients don’t want their photos on their About page) — all of this may eventually influence SERPs. (Will pages with Steve Jobs’ photo get higher page ranks ? hmmm….)

    Most of all here, I appreciate your detailed instructions on how to leverage the ‘author’ and ‘me’ variables, configure your Google profile, etc. Great work. Thanx !

  • http://www.illuminea.com Miriam Schwab

    Really useful post!

    One thing isn’t quite correct though. You wrote:

    “If you already have a Gmail account, use a Google product, or belong to Google+, then you’ve already got a Google Profile.”

    Should say “except if you use a Google Apps account. Google Profiles are not enabled for Google Apps users.”

    I’m still waiting for Google to enable Profiles for us Apps users….