Can You Do Authorship on a Commercial Site?

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Can I use google authorship (so it appears with an image in the SERPS) on a commercial site? Is it ok to use a fake picture? Does it have to be of a face?
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  • Profile picture of the author malia
    Yes you can use authorship on a commercial site, no it doesn't have to be a face, it can be a logo. I wouldn't use something entirely "fake" but YMMV.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
      Originally Posted by malia View Post

      Yes you can use authorship on a commercial site, no it doesn't have to be a face, it can be a logo. I wouldn't use something entirely "fake" but YMMV.
      That's not true. The picture does have to be of a person. It won't show up if it is not a picture of a person.
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      • Profile picture of the author malia
        That's not true. The picture does have to be of a person. It won't show up if it is not a picture of a person.
        I've done it with a logo, it was a company google plus page. I googled based on your response and it's not supposed to work that way.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    The whole point of the author image in Google SERPs is to promote an author (persons face).

    If the niche your in has any competition they'll probably end up narking you out to Google, If Google doesn't already have an algo. for facial recognition (I wouldn't put it past them).

    Use a video thumbnail image in the SERPs, more pixel real estate than an author image & you can use any image you want for the SERP thumbnail image. Look into what Yoast is doing with video, he has a paid plugin.
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