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Image in Google Search Results Missing

 
Marie
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on 12/24/2011

I've just noticed that my image in the google search results has disappeared.

Certainly a few days back, I was seeing my wizzley profile pic (or it could have been my G+ pic as same one) next to each article in the google search results.

Now suddenly it has disappeared and yet I've changed nothing. I do think having that image generally results in better click throughs - so I prefer to have it there.

I'm wondering if this has something to do with making a mobile version of Wizzley? Or some coding on the backend which has upset this.

Anyone else notice this?


Simon
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on 12/25/2011

Hi kinworm,

we're going to take a very close look into this issue. Most likely it's only Google playing around with their code, but let's be sure of it :) Thanks for the hint!

Have a nice holiday,

Simon


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Niels Bohr (1885-1962)
Simon
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on 12/25/2011

Another possibility: Google has lots of servers and all of which yield slightly different search results. Maybe the author image feature is not yet supported on all Google servers ...


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Marie
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on 12/25/2011

Thanks Simon for your reply. It could indeed be down to Google - hopefully it will right itself in time.

Happy Holidays to you.


Simon
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on 01/01/2012

To give you an update:

Inside the Wizzley code, everything seems to be just fine. For your image to appear inside Google search results, three steps are required:

  • Link from your article to your author page using rel="author'
  • Link from your author page to Google profile page using rel="me"
  • Link from your Google profile page to your author page using rel="me"

The first two steps are taken care of by Wizzley automatically. However, you need to place a backlink inside your Google+ profile, pointing to your author page on Wizzley. This backlink is necessary for Google as proof that you are actually the author of those articles.

Cheers, Simon


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Marie
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on 01/02/2012

Thank you, Simon, for the added info - much appreciated. I will go and look carefully at that 3rd Step on G+.


Marie
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on 01/09/2012

OK my Image is now back.

I know exactly what the problem was in case anyone else encounters this problem.

I had everything set up right on Google Plus and everything was set up right on Wizzley.

The single difference I noticed when looking at other people's Wizzley Author pages was that some people had a section called 'Looky Here' which wasn't visible on my author page.

I checked my settings and my G plus profile was in there - so why was it not displaying like on my author page like it was for other people?

Well the simple addition of adding in a website as well under the blog section in settings has resulted in the 'Looky Here' section appearing - and, several days later, guess what! I have my author image displayed in the Google results next to my Wizzley pages.

Very odd one but glad it's been sorted.


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