The rel="author" SERP Challenge

Update: Someone’s found a SERP with 10 in it. Scroll down to learn more!

The other day I was doing a vanity rankings check to see if my recent rel="author" case study post was ranking for anything. I found out that it was ranking 1st for “rel author case study” (which is nice, but apparently doesn’t get searched on much) and also found out that I’m on page 1 for “rel author implementation” (which does get a bit of search volume).

But something else caught my attention about the SERP…

rel="author" SERP screenshot

Do you see it? EIGHT faces, i.e. 8 instances of rel="author" implementation. Given the keyword in question, I can’t say I’m surprised.

And then it got me thinking… Is there an instance of a SERP with 9 or even 10 Google+ avatars in it?

So… Competition time! If you find a SERP with 9 or 10, either tweet me, email me or leave a comment below with the following info:

  • The keyword,
  • The date you searched,
  • The country you searched from (and your version of Google if it’s different for whatever reason, e.g. if you searched using but you’re not based in France).

Lego Faces imageFor the record, mine (above) was taken today (3rd March 2013), in the UK using

The prize? Nothing major, I’ll admit. If you find one, I’ll update this post acknowledging your find, including links to your site and your Twitter profile.

I’d like to say that I’m betting it’s close to impossible to find a SERP with more than 8, but with rel="author"’s popularity growing rapidly, you never know… We might have 9 or 10 in that very keyword above in just the next few weeks/months…

UPDATE! We have a winner! Well done to Terry Simmonds of Sim64 for finding an example with 10 in it!!! See the comments below for all the info…!

Lastly, I’d like to give kudos to @foomandoonian of for suggesting Screen Capture (a plugin for Google Chrome) in order to take the ‘extended’ screenshot. There’s too many folks to name to list them all here, but I’d also like to acknowledge and thank all the other people who got in touch with me via Twitter with alternative suggestions.

[Lego faces image credit: Pedro Vezini]


  • Terry Simmonds

    March 5, 2013 at 5:01 pm Reply

    10 out of 10 for the phrase,

    profile photo in serps -forum -Jamieson

    Searching in UK (using google toolbar search with 5th March

    Screenshot here –

  • Terry Simmonds

    March 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm Reply

    Here is another 10 out of 10 without using the minus sign

    google plus profile photos in serp

    In UK using

    5th March

    • Steve

      March 5, 2013 at 5:42 pm Reply

      Wow wow wow… Well done, Terry! 🙂 Isn’t it beautiful?!

      I’ll update the post now with all the info. Well done!!!

      • Terry Simmonds

        March 13, 2013 at 7:40 am Reply

        Hi Steve,

        you need to add your Authorship to this post, it’s in the top 10 now for “google plus profile photos in serp” and doesn’t dispay an image which means that search term now has 9 instead of 10 🙂

  • Yusuf

    March 15, 2013 at 2:22 pm Reply

    well, i come up in the google uk for a keyword with my google + profile picture, i didnt do anything they just linked my website with my account

    • Steve

      March 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm Reply

      Hi Yusuf, that’s a good point. We’ve seen that with my agency’s website. It’s like Google just assumes that the two (the author and the site) are related, even without implementation.

      Is your Google+ account registered to the site’s email address (e.g. [email protected] and the URL is also Also, is it in your ‘Contributor to’ section? That’s what we’ve found with ours.

      P.S. Interesting site you have there BTW(!)

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