How to Setup Google Authorship on your Blog



Follow these instructions to setup the Google Authorship markup tag for your self-hosted WordPress blog.

A Simpler Way: If you own an email address associated with your domain, example info@connecticutbloggers.com, use the Google email address verification tool, and skip all of the instructions below.

This will only work if you have an email address associated with your domain. It will not work for gmail.com, yahoo.com, etc. email addresses

Google has launched something called the Google Authorship program. This program is designed to combat against spammer and scraper sites who steal your content and call it their own. When you verify your blog, Google will know you are the owner of your content and bring it up higher on the search engine.

You will need a Google Plus account and a self-hosted WordPress to setup Google Authorship. If you own a Blogger.com blog, instructions are given to you when you log into your blog on your Dashboard.

Setup Google Authorship through Yoast

Yoast is a plugin you install on your WordPress blog. It will setup your Google Authorship for you without you having to do much and you don’t have to do the cross-linking shown below if you don’t want to.

If you don’t want yet another plugin added to your blog – plugins can make your blog load slow – then use the manual steps below. Just a note though, the manual steps don’t seem to work with all blog themes.

Install the Yoast plugin by clicking on Plugins | Add New | Search for Yoast through WordPress .

Once you Activate the Yoast plugin do this:

Click SEO | Titles & Metas from the menu bar on the left

yoast plugin google plus setup

Click the Home tag at the top of the page that appears.

Select your Administrator WordPress User account from the drop-down list. This is the one you log into your WordPress blog with.

Next, paste the link to you Google Plus profile page in the Google Publisher Page box. You will find this by going to your Google Plus account and right-clicking on the Profile icon you see on the left side of the screen.

Click Save Settings.

yoast plugin google plus setup

Next, click Users | All Users | Administrator from the menu bar on the left.

Click Edit under your User account.

yoast google plus authorship setup

Scroll down until you see the Google+ field.

Paste the link to you Google Plus profile page in that field.

Click Update Profile.

yoast google plus authorship setup

Visit the Google Webmaster site and use the Structured Data Testing Tool and type your blog’s URL in the box to test what you just did to see if you are verified.

If your site is verified you will see the Green button, see below. Set up Google Authorship Manually

Before you can verify ownership of your content you will need to setup a Google Plus account and upload a headshot to your account. People are more likely to trust you if you are showing them your face so that is why Google wants you to add a headshot of yourself. If you are using your blog’s badge or button, it won’t work. It also won’t work if you upload a picture of your cat, dog, or parrot. It needs to be a picture of your face!

How to Setup a Google Plus Account:

  1. Visit plus.google.com
  2. If you already have a Gmail account just login with your Gmail user name and password. If you don’t have a Gmail account click Sign up at the top right and follow the prompts.
  3. Once logged in, you will be given the ability to add a photo, your name, birthdate (without the year) and gender.
  4. Continue to add or skip the next few pages until you are done and click Finish.

Setup your Google Plus Profile:

Click Profile from the menu on the left. Click Edit Profile (blue button) from the top right.

how to setup google plus

1. Scroll down and look for the Other profiles and Contributor to section. Click on the Other Profiles and fill out your social media networks.

2. Type whatever you want in the first box. It is just the text that is shown with the link. Make sure the link is correct and starts with http://

3. Click Save when you are done.

setup google plus other profiles

Click on the Contributor to section and fill out your blog name(s) and URL(s). Click the pencil

Setup Google Plus Profile

Link Your Blog to Your Google Plus Account:

Decide which page on your blog you want to link to your Google Plus account. This is your Author page. I chose my About page because it tells what our blog is about and also has a photo of us on it.

1. Locate the URL for your Google Plus page. To do this, switch back to the Google Plus screen and right-click on Profile icon from the menu on the left (see above) and then copy the link.

2. Switch back to your blog and open the page you are going to add the link back to your Google Plus page on. For me, I would open my About page.

3. Somewhere on that page you can type the word Google or maybe, Follow me on Google Plus. Link the words your wrote using the link to your Profile page on Google Plus.

google authorship instructions

4. Click the HTML tab on your blog post and look for the link you just created.

google authorship instructions

5. Click after the link but after the  and before the > and press the spacebar once and type rel=”author”

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6. Update your page.

Now you need to test that it is setup correctly.

Visit the Google Webmaster site and use the Structured Data Testing Tool and type your blog’s URL in the box.

If you did it correctly, you will see a Green Verified badge and the links for your Google Plus Profile page and the Author Page on your site (my About page)

google verified author

Until you get that green Verified badge it is not correct.

If you get other errors in the Extracted structured data section, those are caused by your particular blog’s theme.

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About Greg and Wendy

Greg and Wendy have been Connecticut residents since 1983, originally landing here because we were transferred from Virginia (where Wendy grew up) with the Navy. We raised three children in Connecticut and now blog full-time from the Nutmeg state (check out all of our sites at www.sweetiesbrand.com).

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