August 28, 2015

How to Setup Google Authorship (text)

Defining Google Authorship

If html code isn’t your cup of tea and you cringe at rel=author there’s an easier way to set up Google Authorship

Start by clicking on the link below, but read this article first to save yourself some frustration.

Click this link to set up Google Authorship.

When you click on the link above you will reach a page with the information below.

  1. Make sure you have a profile photo with a recognizable headshot.
    If you already have your Google Plus profile set up you don’t need to worry about this.  Just make sure you have a good photo on your profile
  2. Make sure a byline containing your name appears on each page of your content (for example, “By Al Remetch”).
    The mistake I see most often is that people don’t have a byline on their blog and as a result Google Authorship doesn’t work.  Be sure to have a byline.
  3. Make sure your byline name matches the name on your Google+ profile.
    This is critical for Google Authorship to work after you set it up.  Your byline on your blog has to exactly match your name on your Google Plus profile.
  4. Verify you have an email address (such as on the same domain as your content.
    You need an email address on the same domain so that Google can send you a link to verification page.  Enter your email in the box and click the blue Signup for Google Authorship button.

Test Google Authorship

After you setup your Google Authorship as described above you can test your success with the Structured Data Testing Tool

Click here to confirm you set up Google Authorship.

Copy the unique URL to one of your blog post and paste it into the text box on the above page and click the red Preview button.

The results page will have a heading, Authorship Testing Result.
If it says Page does not contain authorship markup
you need to take one more step.  You need to create a link from your blog to your profile.

The Most Important Action

The easiest way to add a link from your blog or website to your Google Plus profile is to Add a Google Badge to your Website.  It is easy to do.

Go here to create a Google Badge, copy the code, and paste it into a widget or footer that appears on every page of your blog.

Use Google Badge

Example of Google Badge

The Google Badge is extremely useful because it allows people to circle you which has many benefits.  When people have you in a circle in many cases they will be able to see you content in the search results when the search with relevant key words.