In this article, you will learn about the Kalicube Process for getting and managing a Google Knowledge Panel for an author. At Kalicube, we have triggered thousands of Knowledge Panels and understand how to best manage this. This experience has allowed us to develop a simple process that works for everyone.
The Kalicube Process for Getting and Managing a Google Knowledge Panel for an Author
Getting a Knowledge Panel on Google is not limited to famous authors like Margaret Atwood, Stephen King J.K. Rowling, Milan Kundera or Salman Rushdie. Google has no concept of notability, it is simply trying to understand. It is up to you to provide the facts about the author, and build Google’s confidence in its understanding.
Important: Once Google has the facts and is confident in those facts, you will get a Knowledge Panel.
At Kalicube, we have triggered thousands of Knowledge Panels, and that experience has allowed us to develop a simple process that works for everyone. We call this the Kalicube Process.
Before starting on the 3 step Kalicube Process for a Knowledge Panel for an author, it is helpful to understand the problem Google faces and what it is trying to do. Google is looking at fragmented, often contradictory information that it has collected from around the web. It is trying to piece it together to understand. It is a little like Google is trying to piece together a broken china plate. Google calls this “reconciliation”.
Important: data from the Kalicube Pro platform indicates that the timeframe for this once you have fully completed all three steps below is 3 weeks to 3 months!
A Knowledge Panel Similar to J.K. Rowling’s is Possible for You
When you follow the Kalicube Process for a Knowledge Panel, Google will understand, be confident in that understanding and you will get a Knowledge Panel with Photos, a description, detailed information, Filter Pills and Knowledge Panel Cards, other relevant people, just like the famous British author J. K. Rowling.
As you can see in the image above, Knowledge Panel Cards cover about 25% of the space above the fold. In this situation, the Knowledge Panel covers about 70% of the space above the fold. Knowledge Panel Cards are an important development in Google Knowledge Panels since they cover a large amount of SERP Real Estate and the Knowledge Panel dominates the Brand SERP (the Google result for your name).
Others also have Filter Pills, which are also an important part of a Knowledge Panel since they highlight different aspects (or facets) of the person. When the user clicks on a Filter Pill, they see a result about the person that focusses on that aspect of them such as movies, TV shows, or music.
Getting a Magnificent Knowledge Panel Will Take Time, but is Attainable for Anyone
Knowledge Panel Cards and Filter Pills generally only appear for famous people, however at Kalicube we regularly trigger them for clients who are not famous, including myself, Jason Hennessey and Scott Duffy.
Jason Hennessey subscribed to Kalicube’s Done for You Knowledge Panel Services in order to have the Kalicube team make his Knowledge Panel incredibly rich with Knowledge Panel Cards, Filter Pills, photos, accurate information about him and more. Check out his case study here.
You can do this work yourself DIY and you don’t need to pay an agency. It is a lot of work, but you can get a free Google Knowledge Panel DIY. Read on!
Kalicube (or a Kalicube Certified Agency) have the tools, the experience and the resources to create a stunning Knowledge Panel for you in just a few months.
Three Simple Steps to Get a Knowledge Panel for an Author on Google or Bing
1. Identify the Entity Home for the Author
Google is looking for an authoritative source to use as the reference point for the facts about the author. We call this the Entity Home.
Generally, Google will choose an Entity Home that contains the best defragmented explanation of the facts about the author – the china plate in one single piece in our analogy. Google is looking for a complete version of the facts about the company (china plate in one correctly assembled piece) to which it can compare the facts it has (the china plate it has built from the pieces).
As you can imagine, the best case scenario is that you provide that authoritative reference point and that baseline version of the facts (china plate in one correctly assembled piece).
Step one is therefore to choose an Entity Home and provide a simple, clear statement of the facts about the author- the china plate to which Google can compare the information it collects from around the web.
Here are some examples of possible Entity Homes (from best to worst):
- The about page or homepage on the official site for the author;
- An active social profile (Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook are good candidates);
- The profile page on the site of the official publisher or agent;
- Google Books.
Steps 2 and 3 will both ensure Google accepts your choice and build its confidence in the facts you provided. That confidence in understanding is what gets you the Knowledge Panel.
Google Books will always trigger a Knowledge Panel for a published author. But ask yourself this: “is it a good idea to allow Google to use itself as the authoritative source to use as the reference point for the facts about the author.”
Of course not. If you can, you need to ensure that the Entity Home (the authoritative and trusted source) for Google is on the official site for the author. You also want to ensure that this becomes the primary online reference for the author’s audience more generally.
A dedicated site is the ONLY place on the Internet where the author controls the information 100%.
Over the 10 years we have been working on Knowledge Panels at Kalicube, we have seen that the Entity Home is the single most important part of the Knowledge Panel Management.
2. Corroborate and Confirm Information About the Author
You need to ensure that relevant, authoritative sources confirm the facts you are providing to Google on your Entity Home. Google thrives on repetition when it comes to Knowledge Panels since repetition builds up confidence.
So you need to go to every profile page and article about the author and fact-correct them to ensure the information they contain confirms with the information you provided on the Entity Home.
Data in the Kalicube Pro platform indicates that you need an average of 20 consistent corroborative sources. The exact number depends on the authority of those sources. With a Wikipedia or Wikidata page, you may only need half a dozen (or less). Without either of those, 30 relevant and authoritative sources usually does the trick, even for non-notable people.
3. Create an Infinite Self-Confirming Loop of Corroboration for the Author
Ideally, every corroborative source you corrected in step 2 should link back to the author’s Entity Home. This ensures Google accepts your decision about which webpage it uses as the authoritative reference for facts about the author. It also creates an infinite self-confirming loop of corroboration that educates Google.
As a human, repetition can get annoying. For a machine trying to understand the world, repetition is the one thing it craves.
If every profile and article about the author reiterates some or all of the facts you lay out on the Entity Home, and they all link back to that Entity Home, you will have created the perfect infinite self-confirming loop.
Important: if these three-steps are done well, Google will gain a clear understanding about the author and build its confidence in that understanding. As a result, a Knowledge Panel will appear when a user googles the author’s name.
Why does G. Scott Graham’s Knowledge Panel not appear when he is already a verified author?
Numerous books published by G. Scott Graham are available in bookstores and on Amazon.com. Despite the fact that he’s a well-known author, Google hasn’t given him a Knowledge Panel because it doesn’t fully trust him. Although this seems to be an obvious reason why Google doesn’t always display a Knowledge Panel, this case study explains why it doesn’t.
Do you want to build your Knowledge Panel using The Kalicube Process?
Free DIY option: download our free Knowledge Panel checklist, where Knowledge Panel expert Jason Barnard reveals how we use the Kalicube Process to trigger and manage Knowledge Panels for our clients.
Common Questions About Knowledge Panels for Authors
Here are some questions we are frequently asked by our clients (authors) when we are working on building their Knowledge Panel on Google. The answers here are based on our 10 years’ experience at Kalicube. They are purposefully simple to save you time.
How Much Does a Knowledge Panel Cost?
A Knowledge Panel is free. Google does not charge for a Knowledge Panel. You can pay your digital marketing agency to apply the Kalicube Process to get a Knowledge Panel, or work on it yourself DIY using the process set out above (download the checklist since it contains MUCH more detail).
Do I need a Wikipedia Page for a Knowledge Panel?
No, you do not need a Wikipedia page to get a Google Knowledge Panel. This is a common misconception.
In fact, according to data in our SaaS platform Kalicube Pro, the majority of Knowledge Panels for Authors on Google are not based on a Wikipedia page.
Will the Knowledge Panel Appear When a Person Googles my Name?
That depends on several factors.
- the uniqueness of the name;
- the geo-location of the person searching;
- the notability of the author;
- the amount of information Google has understood;
- Google’s confidence in the factual information is has.
The balance of all these factors is hugely important. At Kalicube, we have triggered thousands of Knowledge Panels and understand how to best manage this.
Can I Make Changes to my Knowledge Panel?
You cannot make changes directly to your Knowledge Panel. Once you have claimed the Knowledge Panel, you can ask for changes through the feedback button situated in the bottom right hand corner. A Google employee will assess your requests and apply it if they judge it to be accurate and helpful.
At Kalicube we have developed techniques to change information indirectly by updating information around the web about the entity (in this case an author). Ultimately, this is by far the best way to manage the content of your Knowledge Panel since it works on Google’s Knowledge Algorithms, and THEY have ultimate control of what information appears in a Knowledge Panel.
Using the Kalicube Process, you can have control over your Knowledge Panel.