I guess you may have already noticed that Google is showing author information (author’s Google+ profile) in it’s search results. If you haven’t already noticed then check out the sample queries – [Mahesh Mohan], [Matt Cutts], or [Britney Spears].
If you want your Google+ Profile to appear in Google’s search results page then all you need is a Google+ Profile with recognizable headshot as your profile photo. And then you have to verify the authorship of your content by connecting your blog/website with your Google Profile. But, Google doesn’t guarantee to show your profile in Google Search results.
You can verify the authorship using any of the following two methods:
1. Add “By [author name]” to your content (recommended for sites with content by multiple authors)
2. Link your content to your Google Profile, and vice versa (I used this method).
So, what exactly are you waiting for? Show your Google Profile in Search Results.
After you verified the authorship of your content. Use the Rich Snippets Testing Tool to make sure that Google can correctly parse your structured data markup and display it in search results page.
Now, should you display your profile information in Google search results? Yes, it increases your credibility. And, when Google starts showing your author information in Google search results you can check out Google Webmaster Tools to see the “Author stats” (under Labs feature). It shows the statistics for pages for which you are the verified author.