When the WWW. Can Mess You All Up

Services for Real Estate Pros with Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing
Remember that great post that Michael George did a while back about getting your face to show in the search engines results page from your Google + Profile? He did a great job and I think we all jumped on that band wagon. I helped a lot of folks set that up but if you are still having problems, like I was having with one site, then you may need to correct the issue.

Here's what I found. I know that sometimes Google finds the WWW. before the URL to be a separate domain altogether and it can mess up your results page on back links, traffic and so forth.

Well, it messed up the profile image on the results page as well.

Here's what I discovered:

When testing a URL you can go to Google's Rich Snippet page and test the domain. Works well if you want to see if you're set up is complete. But here's what I ran into:

When we set up the Google Plus Profile it showed two different domains - one with the www. and one without. When I tested a URL it couldn't match it to the profile because it said that we contributed to the non -www. and I had listed the URL WITH the www. So with a quick correction on Rob's Google Plus Profile page under the contributor section, we tested the URL again and now it shows as verified

So, if you are still stuck in this profile image on search engine thing, Follow these steps:

  • Sign up for Google Plus
  • Add your website in the "Contributor" area on your profile and make sure it's exactly the way your website displays it in the address bar
  • Add your Google Plus profile URL to your ActiveRain profile to author every post you do on ActiveRain
  • Make sure you have an authorship tag rel=author or publisher tag in the header of your website - just as a double precaution if you can.
  • Test your URLs of different posts and articles on your website with the Rich Snippet Tool

One final thought, when linking to your site, try to keep it consistent. If you started linking with the WWW. keep it that way or check how your site shows up in the address bar and use that - all the time.

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Comments (45)

Beth Paterson
Reverse Mortgages SIDAC, LLC, NMLS #1790592 - Saint Paul, MN
CRMP, NMLS #342859

Oh so much to do...  Thanks for the tips.  I have some more things to implement...

Sep 28, 2012 03:20 PM
Mike Young
203kOnLine.com, covering the USA - Las Vegas, NV
FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809

This is very good info, I'll bet that is what I'm doing wrong, thank you M

Sep 28, 2012 03:21 PM
Andrew Ostrander
Ostrander Real Estate Group - Phoenix, AZ
Ostrander Real Estate Group

Thanks for the tips.  Now I need to go check where I stand on this.  Clearly, everyone should get their photo on the Google page.  Thanks again.

Sep 28, 2012 04:42 PM
C. Lloyd McKenzie
Living Albuquerque - Albuquerque, NM
Living Albuquerque

Good Evening Tammy:

Here you are tothe rescue again.  Hope you are settled-in and doing great.  I will be contacting you over the weekend

Sep 28, 2012 04:53 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

As always: great information!

Thanks Tammy for sharing your knowledge and experience:)

Sep 28, 2012 05:12 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .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

Wow, I am seriously going to have to go back and do all of this. Thanks.

Sep 28, 2012 05:52 PM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Tammy.  Thank you for the explanation.  Now to implement it.

Sep 28, 2012 08:52 PM
Rebecca Reynolds
Right Style Realty - Newton, MA
Achieve everything in Real Estate with Right Style

More stuff for my todo list! ahhhhh :)

Thanks for the tip!

Sep 28, 2012 10:55 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Tammy, I never use www in my domain name. However, I think a lot of people are in a habit of putting it in when typing in a URL. I will check it out today. Thanks.

Sep 28, 2012 11:19 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Good heads up here and helps us all to fine tune ourselves...good post and host..

Sep 29, 2012 12:44 AM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Thanks for the info.  I meant to do this the other day, but will do it now.  I appreciate your clarification.

Sep 29, 2012 01:06 AM
The Derrick Team - Indy Metro Realtors
Carpenter Realtors - Avon, IN
Your Pet Friendly Realtors

The standards used for Internet domains is great because there are so many to choose from. Thus consistancy can be the bug that bites you on SEO. Good information. Thanks.

Sep 29, 2012 02:04 AM
Bobby Carroll
Jaclyn Smith Properties - Clayton, NC
Clayton NC New Home Happiness Coordinator
Thanks Tammy! Will do. Brad and I will be conducting an #REDominance Webinar Tuesday at 5PM EST on Google+. I'll write the post and include that info in it.
Sep 29, 2012 02:23 AM
Goran Utvic
Goran Utvic Real Estate Broker/Construction Consultant - Chicago, IL
We Buy & Sell Chicago Houses Fast

Thanks for the great tip Tammy!


Sep 29, 2012 02:24 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Tammy, Thank you for the information. I might need your help. Will email you.

Sep 29, 2012 02:37 AM
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

Good day to you I have done everything that you stated and it says I am unverified, so what is the next step to becoming verfied. I went to my page and hit the verfied button it stated that they were sending me a post card with a pin on it to place in the system to verfy the page so what does that mean????

Sep 29, 2012 02:50 AM
Ben Gerritsen
Mortgage Miracles Happen, NMLS ID: 1289680 - Ogden, UT
Mortgage Loan Originator

Thanks Tammy, these are some great tools to use.

I am trying to add the verification to my g.plus profile

Sep 29, 2012 03:13 AM
Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery

I am always glad to have any new technical or SEO help. I went to my profile and there must have been another post about this because mine was already done. Thanks.

Sep 29, 2012 05:23 AM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


One of these days I will need to just sign up with an expert such as yourself to keep up with this stuff. It is overwhelming to so many and you make it so simple. Now just to do it, cheers cvc

Sep 30, 2012 01:18 AM
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Frenchtown, MT
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

Beth, Just a little at a time wins the race.

Mike, Give it a try and test it.

Andrew, We should but it is up to Google whether they do it or not

Lloyd, sorry I couldn't get you this weekend. Will talk today

Inna, Thank you for stopping by! :)

Michelle, If your image is not showing up it could be as simple as this

Conrad, Right!

Rebecca, I know..... HA

Michael, yes, and Google can see it two different ways

Gary, sure! :)

Derricks, Exactly!!

Bobby, great! :)

Goran, your welcome :)

Gita, I will email you back today

Laura, It may tell you what the issue is.. does it just say unverified or does it give a reason? You can email me

Ben, Good deal!

Nan, good deal! :)

Curtis, IT can certainly be overwhelming... let me know if you need help.

Oct 01, 2012 12:49 AM