After you followed the Complete Guide on Google Authorship Markup, you now want to ensure that Google shows your author thumbnail on search results. Here are a few things you should know:

1. As the saying goes, “Content is king!” Write high-quality content and keep writing it on a regular basis. Sooner or later, people will notice your efforts and you will get high-quality links organically. When Google finds a substantial amount of value in your website and observes the tremendous link popularity, your thumbnail on Google search results should follow suit.

2. Don’t buy paid links; it’s a waste of time and can hurt your site in the bigger picture.

3. Be active on social sites such as Google Plus (obviously!), Twitter, and Facebook. Spread your content, interact with people, solve their problems, and establish yourself as an authority. The more you interact, the more you will get noticed. The more people notice and trust you, the more links you get.

4. Check your grammar and proofread well before publishing. Google measures the readability level of every webpage and if a page reads “shallow,” your chances are very thin.

5. Original research is important. Don’t write biased stories or rehash content from other blogs.

6. Check your Google Webmaster tools account and fix crawl errors or other site specific issues. Your site should be Google friendly and must adhere to Google Webmaster quality guidelines.

7. Make your site dazzling fast. A speedy site results in good user experience. Remember the golden rule: what’s good for the user is also good for the search engines.

8. Persistence is the key. Building a “goodwill” takes some time.


Any additional tips you have on building trust with your readers, fellow bloggers, and Google?

Thanks Amit Gupta (SuperAmit) for the image.