How to Enable Google Authorship quickly



Google Authorship Image
In simple words Google Authorship allows you to make Google aware of the stuff you have written. When enabled it shows your name as well as your Google+ Profile image besides the search result. Enabling it just requires a bit of coding and is pretty simple. It adds a kind of authenticity element in the users mind and there is added trust in your content . Lets dig in



Firstly Go to the Rich Snippet Checker tool and check if this is already enabled in your blog/site. In case you see your profile is linked then you don't need to worry, just jump to the part where I explain How to make sure your image and name appears besides the search result.

Rich Snippet checker tool image


The reason for checking for this linking is because if you have merged your Google+ and Blogger Profile together ,then chances are that Google would have done this for you themselves

For those whose profile information doesn't appear in the Checker , Follow the steps Below

How To Enable it

Step 1:  Go to your Google+ Profile and copy the URL in the address bar.

Step 2:  Add a HTML/JavaScript widget either in the Sidebar or Footer and then add the following code into it.


<a href="PROFILE-URL" rel="author" >Google+</a>

Replace the PROFILE-URL with your actual profile URL and then Save it
Also you can replace Google+ with your Name or other relevant Information. Here the main thing is the rel Author tag which tells Google that this Profile is the producer of the content.


Step 3:  Now Go your Google+ Profile and there click the Edit Profile button. Now in the right side Under the Contributor To tab, add your Blog Name and URL. Save the changes

Contributor To Tab in Google+ Image

The reason for doing is to make sure this method is spam proof. Like for example if somebody puts your profile URL in a website with objectionable content ,but you don't put that site in your contributor tab. Then Google will not show your image beside that websites search


Enabled It but Name and Image don't appear beside the Search Result
This was the case with me too. I had Enabled it for a long time back but the Name & Image didn't accompany Search Results.

Here is the what you have to do ,Replace your current code:

<a href="PROFILE-URL" rel="author" >Google+</a>

with

<a href="PROFILE-URL?rel=author" rel="author" >Google+</a>

I did this a week back and now all the Stylify Your Blog results are accompanied with my Name and Image.

Hope it helps you and feel free to ask about problems you face while implementing it




Written by Prayag Verma

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rahul roy said...
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rahul roy said...

Sorry, it says
Extracted Author/Publisher for this page
author
linked author profile = https://plus.google.com/109008933900993103361
google profile = https://plus.google.com/109008933900993103361
author name = rahul roy
Verified: Authorship markup is verified for this page. Learn more.

Okay this means that your blog is linked with your G+ Account. Just follow the Second part to make sure your name and image accompany the search result

@Prashant Nice Post But can i add the code mentioned in step 1 in my author box instead of adding it as a widget?

Sorry i wrote Prashant instead of Prayag sorry :(

rahul roy said...

Implemented new code, lets see how it goes..Thanks for tip

Thats not a problem, As long as that code is in each and every page of your site

No problems :)

It will take about a week to show its full effects. you are welcome

nice blog,,
woow,,

coment and follow back in my blog okey

Shubham said...

I have got the following result while checking my site in the Rich Snippet Tool.

Extracted Author/Publisher for this page
author
linked author profile = http://www.topin10.com/author/shubhsa
Error: Author profile page does not have a rel="me" link to a Google Profile.

As you are using Wordpress, I suggest using Yoast plugin for all your SEO related things. And also Yoast has done a post about rel=me and rel=author thing. Check it Here

Lauren said...

I just checked nymfont.com, and it showed my blog title and rich snippet but without my name and image, and then the following message:

"Note that there is no guarantee that a Rich Snippet will be shown for this page on actual search results. For more details, see the FAQ.
Extracted Author/Publisher for this page
author
linked author profile = http://www.blogger.com/profile/10472934954920061945
Error: Author profile page does not have a rel="me" link to a Google Profile. Learn more. "

Below this it showed the extracted rich snippet data it retreived from the page, within that text it said
'Warning: Missing required field "updated".
Warning: Missing required hCard "author".'

I am sorry to bug you, but do you have any suggestions as to what I need to do/can do to try to fix this? I have already added my blog URLs to my profile in the contributor to section. I have not added a G+ author link in my sidebar as you mention here since my blogger profile link has already been given the rel=author tag. Is that okay? Should I add the G+ link as well, or does it matter if there are more than one profile link has a rel=author tag?

Thanks in advance,
~Lauren

Thanks for share..

very cool blog

I checked your blog with the Rich Snippet checker and it said that the profile was linked & that the authorship has been verified. I suppose you have solved this part of the problem.

For the the hCard and updated field problem ,you have to do the following

>For updated

Search for date-header and you will find something like this:


<div class='date-header' id='date'>

now just make it something like this:


<div class='date-header updated' id='date'>

It is the Google's way to detect the post's date

>For hCard

You will have to add your name to each and every post, the best place would be near the post header, The format for that would be something like this:

<span class='vcard'><span class='fn'>Prayag Verma</span></span>

Just replace the Name , don't remove any class as these are standards . They are called MicroFormats

Nice One. I didnt follow so many rule but your step is very usefull for authorship. Thanks for sharing.

Ammar Ali said...

I had tried it hope it works after next crawl of my blog!

It should be fully functional within a week at max..

Thanks, I am glad that it helped

admin for some posts my image is appearing i guess for 5-6 posts . But my image is not appearing for the homepage and for other posts and i entered my url in Rich Snippet Checker tool , Its showing this error "Error: Author profile page does not have a rel="me" link to a Google Profile"

How to solve this ???

I checked your site ,firstly add ?rel=author after the Google+ profile URL

As you are using WordPress, The author page should contain the G+ profile link and instead of rel=author it requires rel=me .It is Google's requirement that the Author bio page should contain the rel=me included in a the Profile URL.

Doing this manually in WP is a issue (WP removes rel tags by itself). I recommend using the Yoast Plugin for doing thisand checking out their post about this issue

Now facing this error - Error: Secondary profile page redirects to another URL !!

But in the end its showing this "Verified: Authorship markup is verified for this page."

and my image is showing on the right side .
All set now ??

I suggest removing the Profile link from the About page, just let it remain in the author page archives/author/shanky one

Anonymous said...

Thanks my dear friend. Keep writing

hey thanks a lot,,it worked within two days,,now my picture is displayed in search engines :),again thanks a lot,,keep writing such posts..
www.jobsonchoice.com

Done it and I have seen a marked increase in my site's SERPs. Nice info thanks!

Akash said...

Hey, Please check it out http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/richsnippets?url=www.theallrounder.co.in&view=cse

And let me know the changes to be done

I checked it, the authorship is working correctly.

The error for updated is that related to date, To fix it, Search for date-header and you will find something like this:


<div class='date-header' id='date'>

now just make it something like this:


<div class='date-header updated' id='date'>

It is the Google's way to detect the post's date

hi it s possible to add an editor on blogger comment?

No that's not possible , If you want a editor in comments ,then switch to Disqus comments

and one thing more , blogger Comment do support Bold, Italics and Links

Bold - To add it <b>Bold</b>
Italics - To add it <i>Italics</i>
Google - To add it <a href="http://google.com" >Google</a>

hello sir,,I have read your above comment about solving updated error in rich snippet tool,,I am having the same problem,,I am not having div class='date-header'> id='date' instead found this
class='date-header'>
span span>

So I tried to change this to
class='date-header updated'>
span span>
(I am not writing div and span in <> as I was not able to comment,Hope U know that..)
but did not work,,please help..
Regards
www.jobsonchoice.com

In between starting and ending span I was having this
data:post.dateHeader

And the same thing I have seen in your blog,,,when I checked your blog in rich snippet tool,,it is displaying the warning missing required field "updated"..

I suppose you have h2 class='date-header' tag, add the updated class in it ,like h2 class='date-header updated' .

If you have a span instead of h2 ,then also just add the updated class to it

It is not working for in my blog because I am using a JavaScript hack to shorten the date

by the way is it necessary to correct it,,means if we don't correct it is it going to have any negative effect on seo or blog

There is no far reaching effect on the SEO due to it. Let it remain as it is

Rahul Roy said...

Extracted rich snippet data from the page says Warning: Missing required field "updated" please help Prayag

Thanks a lot sir,,One more question,,I have changed my blog title,,and after 3 or 4 days,my picture is gone from search engines,,It has been already a week passed but still my pic is not showing up,,what to do?
Regards
www.jobsonchoice.com

I checked ,most of your posts now show your picture besides them. After you do such a change it takes some time before Google reflects them in the search results. In the process they might have stopped showing your pic , and the author markup is still being developed sometimes this might happen without any reason too

Refer to the this comment , it explains how to fix it. If you find coding a bit difficult , then let it remain as it is. It doesn't have any major impact on your blog standings in search results.

"We could not find a link from the Other profiles or Contributor to section of your Google Profile to verify this page" What To Do Now....Exactly Going On Doing As You Said

When I checked your Google+ Profile , it has nothing shown in the contributor section , Follow Step 3

In case you have added already ,then in the screenshot in Step 3 , you will see Public , make sure to do that in your profile as well

Thanks Prayag... I Have Done it lot of times but i did,nt noticed that public option...thanks

thanks sir,
what i have noticed that when u r sign in to your google+ profile,then u may not see your pic displayed in search engine,,but once u r logged out,then pic is displayed with every post,thats why when u checked,mine pic was displayed besides :)

oh, thanks for bringing that to notice , I had observed that earlier but totally forgot to mention it - it was done in the past 2-3 weeks by Google

Shankar said...

Hi! thanks a lot for the tutorial.. I have got my authorship verified in the rich snippet testing tool but my name and pic aren't appearing in the results yet. Does it take some time before it starts showing up? How was it in your case.. did it take time or did it appear immediately?

Shankar said...

And I have added the code shown in the sidebar on wordpress. I hope that isnt a problem.

@ Shankar,You Can Add The Code Anywhere and it takes few days to appear,mine took about 5 days

In my case it took around a week . And also you can only see your picture , when you are not logged into your own Google account

If you are using Wordpress , I suggest using a Plugin (Yoast) , it will be easier to implement as there is a issue that if insert rel tag manually , they are automatically deleted by WP

Thanks a lot for the helpful guide! But google is showing a rich snippet only for homepage in it's search but not posts even though the rich snippet tool is able to extract the author information .It's been 3 days since i implemented the code.

It takes a minimum time of about a week. Its a good sign that now your homepage has your Pic besides it and it is indicative that all your posts will follow shortly.

When you check again, make sure you are not logged into your own Google account. Also it may seem unrelated but I advice being active on Google+

Thanks for the reply PRAYAG VERMA!

Anastasia said...

Error: Author profile page does not have an authorship link to a Google Profile

trying to check that link http://eventadore.com/blog/?p=16

please help!! :(

Hi Anastasia , checked the above URL , the problem is that in the URL of your G+ profile you have added a " ,so the URL has become something like http://profiles.google.com/108349337900676782287” , change it to http://profiles.google.com/108349337900676782287

Danialde4 said...

WOW..... that was really easy to enable Google Authorship.

Thanks Prayang Because you know i know how to use SPAN tag ^_^

Yes, I worked with google. It works better than yahoo.

Thenie said...

thank you.it was really easy.you helped me a lot

Terry Mark said...

Really excellent service got from you !!

fantastic.

rudra said...

I got google authorship.Thanks for sharing your awesome post.

hello prayag !!
a nice specially with which i can connect mysllf. as you have advice i have tried Google+ but when i checked it using rich snipted tool i got the same error like before... hopw you can help me with some good advice ..
many thanks :)
my page is http://receivetipstricks.com/how-to-access-blocked-website-from-college/

hello prayag !!
a nice website,, specially with which i can connect mysllf. as you have advice i have tried
1
Google+

with

view sourceprint?
1
Google+

but when i checked it again using rich snipted tool i got the same error like before... hopw you can help me with some good advice ..
many thanks :)
my page is http://receivetipstricks.com/how-to-access-blocked-website-from-college/

p.s : sorry for commenting again :D

rean said...

thank you very much...its work

Thank you for the informative post! I have a question:

Authorship was working for me for awhile and has now disappeared...any ideas why? I was editing my blog, could that be why? How do I get it back?

I have tried all these and authorship has been verified thanks
But i still have problems with 'updated' in google snippet tool

sudeep said...

I had done with next way but i recently found this can be the easiest way for me.

mahfooz said...

nice tips for getting more viral

Hi Prayag,

My extracted name and Google plus name differ ... Any tips on what I could do about this
Also as my blog is a co-blog with my friend do you have any suggestion as to how to verify with their respective names without using a byline method

Rob Wood said...

HI There
I appreciate your help on this one . I think I have done it all correctly but when I check in the structured data testing tool the below text keeps popping up
Error: Author profile page redirects to another URL.
Error: Author profile page does not have an authorship link to a Google Profile. Learn more

Can you help
Thanks
Rob

Rob Wood said...

HI There
I appreciate your help on this one . I think I have done it all correctly but when I check in the structured data testing tool the below text keeps popping up
Error: Author profile page redirects to another URL.
Error: Author profile page does not have an authorship link to a Google Profile. Learn more

Can you help
Thanks
Rob

Thats not a problem, As long as that code is in each and every page of your site Nepal

Thats not a problem, As long as that code is in each and every page of your site Nepal

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