I was considering having for this website I'm working on, the website's logo as the image that gets included in the search results for the articles it publishes. So do to this I want to use Google Authorship with the business's Google+, but is this recommended? I ask because I've never seen an example where it was something other than the author's profile picture.

  • I'm not certain what you're asking. Do you want to use Google Authorship with your company G+ page?
    – tinym
    Commented Oct 18, 2012 at 23:03
  • @tinym Yes exactly, but also if it's recommended to use the google search results as a place to put a logo rather than a profile photo.
    – Adam-E
    Commented Oct 20, 2012 at 22:21
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    And why is this question closed? I was under the assumption that Pro Webmasters was the place for SEO related questions...
    – Adam-E
    Commented Oct 20, 2012 at 22:22
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    @paulmorriss don't you think it's implied? Why else would I want to do this?
    – Adam-E
    Commented Jan 18, 2013 at 19:18
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    @Adam-E I think you might find the two answers on this question helpful. They should answer your question.
    – elssar
    Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 16:09

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What you are describing (authorship) is intended for personal G+ accounts... business's should be using pages. You are able to link your business page with your website so that it shows us on the right hand side of the search results, this however, isn't applied to each new article.

In my opinion I wouldn't use G+ personal pages for anything other than a personal page, stick to using it as Google intended, you might find yourself in a sticky situation down the line.

To have your logo show up on the right hand side of the search results you need to get your page verified by Google (http://support.google.com/plus/bin/request.py?hl=en&contact_type=page_verification&rd=1) then link your site to the page using rel=publisher tag

  • Authorship could come in handy for the articles. Would set authors apart, and I believe that having the authors picture with the article increases the chances of the link getting clicked
    – elssar
    Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 17:07
  • Completely agree, but stick to using authorship as it was intended... for authors! Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 17:11

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