Question: I have heard that you can now put your author profile directly on a Google search, that is actually have your picture appear next to the search results. Apparently this is a ‘Rich Snippet’? What gives?
Answer: Google announced Rich Snippets in August of 2009, and it didn’t go anywhere very far. What has really made it take off is the advent of Google+. With Google+, search is going social – people are recommending items to others, and Google is beginning to track these social mentions. What’s cooler is that you can use new markup in HTML to entice Google to link back to your author profile / Google+ profile and – yes – you can include your photograph on Google search results.
Rich Snippets are how this is done. The starting point on this is the following link on Rich Snippets –
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