I am sad to report, that Google is no longer offering and using Google Authorship. I am sorry this post is now outdated!
I know when I Google something, I gravitate towards the posts that have credible authors’ faces listed by the link. I hate to burst your bubble, but they aren’t necessary credible. They just know how to work the system. What? You want to work the system too? You’ve come to the right place.
Do you want your face in Google?
You know you do!
To see the rest of the articles in this series, here ya go:
- Google SEO Introduction
- Google SEO: A Beginner’s Guide
- Optimizing your SEO – Five Tips for Blogger and WordPress
- Understanding Google Webmaster Tools
- My Favorite Tricks for Google Analytics
There are confusing directions for Google Authorship (that’s what it’s called) on Google – or here are my AWESOME easy to understand instructions!
Step 1: Verify your email address on Google+
Google wants to know that your account is legit. You need to registered a VERIFIED email address on Google Plus. This means your email address has the same domain as the domain of your blog. I got my verified email address through my host (Hostgator) and added it as an additional email under Google Plus “About” (seen here).
According to Google, as long as you’re posting on that domain, and the posts have the same byline as the name on your G+ account, this is enough to make the connection. But it usually takes more – so head to step two.
Step 2: Link your Site to Google+
Under the “About” page of your Google+ profile, there is a place to add “Contributor to” links. Link to your content from here.
- Link your site.
- If you have a bio page on your blog, link to this bio.
- If you don’t have a bio page, link directly to a post itself.
Step 3: Link Google+ to your Site
This is the trickiest step. I am going to break it down. You need to add your Google Plus url to your html. But, it HAS to have link rel=”author” as part of it. I added it to my footer.php in the html before </body>. Please note, if you have WordPress, you need to have a child theme for these things. Don’t edit your original html .php docs. When your theme and it’s .php docs are updated, you will lose these changes. I can do another post sometime about installing a child theme if y’all want.
Enter this in your html:
<link rel=”author” href=”https://YOUR GOOGLE PLUS URL”/>
Instead of dealing with html, you can add the code as a “bio” at the end of your posts. At the bottom of your blog post, include your name and add your Google+ profile URL with the rel=author code.
<a href=”https://YOUR GOOGLE PLUS URL?rel=author”>YOUR NAME</a>
Example from Vervesearch.com:
Of course, there are tons of plugins and they probably work. I haven’t tested them, but let me know which are the best! Two I found are Google Plus Authorship and Google Author Link.
Verifying your Google Authorship
When you are done (or when you think you are done!) go over to Google’s Rich Snippet Tool and test your site. It will tell you if it worked!
PLEASE let me know if you come across problems. This can be tricky – but it’s worth it! Let me know how it goes!