Get Your Pretty Face To Appear In Google Search Results

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Well, the mortgage market being what it is in Phoenix, I have found that I am more valuable to the world putting my SEO stuff to work. 

My thing has always been mortgages and real estate SEO. But with the real estate market being what it is in Arizona, I have put originating Arizona VA loans on the back burner. I now do SEO full time-- more than full time-- for a couple of professional firms.

[EDIT: Sunday, June 10, 2012: If you search for this post in Google now, you can see it in action.]

this post, in google

So I'm going to be back here in the rain posting once per week, maybe twice per week (ambitious), on SEO related matters. Again, this is something I do about 60 hours per week. Just SEO. Nothing but SEO. If there is a better full time SEO person on AR, giving free advice, you should listen to them.

Google+ Author Results

Okay, So How Do I Get My Face In The Google Search Results?

Pretty easy actually. Just follow these six easy steps and be done in 30 minutes, max:

1. Create a Google+ account. Please don't be a baby about this. Just do it. Yes, you are already on Facebook and you don't like Google+ and whine, whine, whine.

But do you want to master the Facebook search engine, or do you want to master Google?

What social network would Google prefer you use? The one that increases their stock price, or FB, which decreases Google's stock price?

It's common sense people. Social marketing is the future, and if Google wants you to sign up, I suggest you take their advice. If not, stop here- you won't like the rest.

2. After you sign up, edit your profile. Add your photo, some information about you, etc.

setting up your Google+ Author Status3. Under the "about you" section, you will see an area called "Contributor To". This is the area that you add the blogs or websites that you contribute to. In the case of most people here, you should have at least two: Your Active Rain Blog and Your Personal Blog. Be sure to add your AR blog here!

4. If your other blog is a Wordpress blog, or your website is simply built in Wordpress, install the following plugin: Better Author Bio. The easiest way to do this is to go to "add plugins" from your dashboard, search for the name, and click install. That's pretty much it. After it is installed on your website, go to "settings" and add your Google+ information.

5. Follow the simple plugin set up instructions, and now your face will start appearing in the Google results for your home page blog. 



Can we get our faces to appear in Google for our ActiveRain blogs?

Yep! At least one other ActiveRainer is doing it, his name is Craig Daniels. If you would like to see how awesome his ActiveRain blog looks in the search engines, check this out.

*******     How to get your ActiveRain posts to appear in Google. *********

And it's just as easy! Once you set up Google+, you're AR posts will start showing up.


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  5. Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900! 09/28/2012 06:06 PM
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Grant Schneider
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I jumped into Google+ this week.  I have noticed that now my plus ones are posted there.  I will watch to see how the SEO changes.  Thanks Michael.  I just subcribed to your blog.

Jun 10, 2012 11:16 AM #76
SEO Expert: Michael George
Phoenix, AZ
Real Estate and Law Firm SEO

I'll do something crazy and work from the bottom:

@Joy: Honestly, I am not doing this for business reasons. I am like an attorney that has three major clients...and that's what I have. Anything I do here is out of the goodness of my heart! Sounds like BS? Maybe. But really, I used to want to write about SEO here in the rain, but I stopped myself because my competition would use it.

@Grant: Thank you sir. If you do a search right now for get your pretty face in Google results, you SHOULD find me in the fifth result. But if you are logged into Google, or you have search preferences saved...who knows.

@Debbie: Just send me a personal email and I will figure it out for you. Send me the link to your google+ page, your WP blog, and a sample post where you have it installed.

@Everyone: This post itself is now showing up in Google with my face. Search for "get your pretty face in google results" or something like that and you should see it.

If you want your ActiveRain posts to show in Google with your face, read THIS POST and take a look at the screenshot below. (It is a picture of THIS post, in Google, with the face I added the day I wrote this post.)

Again, read this, if you want this:

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Jun 10, 2012 02:56 PM #77
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Thx Michael.  You're the best!  I will send it later as I ned to run to an appt now.

Jun 10, 2012 10:16 PM #78
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

I'm really excited about this post.  I found it through Tammy Emenith re-post.  Thanks Tammy!!!  I'm excited to get started.

Jun 10, 2012 10:47 PM #79
Tina Yeates
Keller Williams Los Feliz - Hollywood, CA

What a great post.  I come from a recent IT background and the whole social networking thing still makes my head hurt.  This was wonderful and inspirational - maybe I could get to the top in the search engines....I think I can.....I think I can....

Jun 11, 2012 06:05 AM #80
SEO Expert: Michael George
Phoenix, AZ
Real Estate and Law Firm SEO

New video post:

And I will make another one for WP users...



Jun 11, 2012 08:03 AM #81
Wayne Jackson
Lakeshore Realty 208-714-4109 - Hayden, ID
North Idaho Realtor, Serving Coeur dnullAlene and Hayden Lake

Thanks Michael, Really great instructions. I will be watching for the WP version.

Jun 14, 2012 12:15 AM #82
Gene Fraleigh
Long Realty West Valley - Sun City West, AZ
West Valley Real Estate Consultant

Great info, will give it a try. I will also read all of your blogs to see what else I can pick up. Thank you Michael.

Jun 25, 2012 01:40 AM #83
Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula

Love your sense of humor with this...will do it exactly as you describe...thx

Jul 05, 2012 02:37 PM #84
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Michael, I  thought I had seen this earlier - may be, it was  a re-bolog.

Nice to see our face on Google - and it's so easy....thanks for showing the trick.

Sep 28, 2012 11:00 AM #85
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Thank you Thank you Thank you!! I just did all of this... now the big question. How long does it actually take to show up that way in Google when you do a search? 

Sep 28, 2012 11:09 AM #86
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging,

Done! Thanks to Melissa Marro up there I was led back to your blog - I love people who are much smarter than me but I'm a quick study - thank YOU!

Sep 28, 2012 12:13 PM #87
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Thanks for the info-so much more to do and learn.

Sep 28, 2012 05:54 PM #88
C. Lloyd McKenzie
Albuquerque, NM
Living Albuquerque

Excellent! I am ready...But you still got to see Tammy Emineth's post about this

Sep 28, 2012 06:13 PM #89
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

If I could ask a quick question, please. Where in "settings" do I add my Google+ information? Under which link? I have a WordPress site, and I've pulled up every single tab under settings but nothing seems to correlate.

Sep 29, 2012 04:01 AM #90
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Michael, I've had a G+ accounbt for a while but had the wrong stuff linked to it! Thanx for the great info!

Sep 29, 2012 09:58 AM #91
SEO Expert: Michael George
Phoenix, AZ
Real Estate and Law Firm SEO

@Elizabeth: Under your user profile.

Oct 02, 2012 03:51 AM #92
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

I don't know if I've done something wrong, or I'm just impatient. I did all of this on September 28th and it still isn't showing up in searches... *sigh* I have to check every day because I'm so excited!

Oct 05, 2012 11:41 AM #93
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Yay!!!  Apparently it took about ten days, but it is there now!! woo hoo!

Oct 08, 2012 03:02 AM #94
Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®
DPR Realty LLC - Gilbert, AZ
Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona

Thanks for tip and I will look forward to your posts!  Have a great week, Eric

Nov 11, 2012 11:07 AM #95
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