Have you implemented rel=author on your site only to find that your author image is not appearing in the search engine results pages?
Introducing Penny – One Of My WordPress Coaching Students
I am a WordPress coach and Penny is one of my students. Penny is learning how to run her own WordPress recipe site, and how to SEO it and monetise it. She started the site in the late summer of 2011 and because she applies most of what she learns from me, her traffic grows each month consistently. She’s a great student!
How Penny Implemented Rel=Author Authorship Markup
Penny recently followed the instructions in this rel=author step be step post, to implement authorship markup on her site. After a few weeks, her image started to show up in the search engine results pages.
We are experimenting with recipe markup on pennysrecipes.com – because last year Google added support for recipes to rich snippets. Penny will eventually organise her site to have recipe markup on posts that are recipes, and author markup on posts that aren’t. We’re still experimenting with that.
Rel=Author In Action On a New Site
Right now however, the authorship markup onthe site is showing well in the search engines. Penny writes frequently on her site where she currently has about 160 posts. The site is about 6 months old. Notably Penny is only in 2 circles on Google+, but she tweets each of her posts diligently. She has made over 3000 tweets and has a Klout score of 40. It would seem that in the right niche, having a reasonable number of posts is and a decent Klout score is enough to get your face in the SERPs.
Google SERPs Screenshot
The following is a screenshot of a site: command in Google for Penny’s recipe site – Penny’s Recipes