Google authorship

A good position of your blog in search engines is essential for your success as a blogger. Google is the dominating one in search engine market at present. So it is very important to hold a good position of your blog in Google search result. The most important method to hold a good position in Google result is, forget about the search engine and concentrate on to create good, useful content in your blog. You can also use Google webmaster tool to register your blog and customize how it will look on Google search result. Google can display author picture with your site on their search result. This is called Google authorship.

Google is piloting the display of author information in search results to help users discover great content.

There are two methods to set up Google authorship for your blog. One is through email id of your domain and the other one is create a Google+ profile and connect with your blog. Here I am talking about the second method. Because I am using wordpress.com as my host so I am not having email id in my domain, so I have used the second method.

  1. Create a Google+ profile.
  2. Place a link of your Google+ profile to your blog.
    <a href="https://plus.google.com/[your profile id]?rel=author">Google</a>

    Do not forget the rel=author portion.

  3. Add your blog link to your Google+ profile (at the Contributor To section of your Google+ profile).

To test the setup you can go to Google structured data testing tool and give your blog address. If all goes well you can see your Google+ profile picture at the search result of this testing tool. To see your picture in actual Google search result you have wait until Google recrawl your site.

Google Result
Google Result

For more information you can take a look at the Google authorship section.

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19 thoughts on “Google authorship

  1. I’m amazed how you guys just skip what is vital and informative and write about what does not matter at all.

    So, HOW DO WE PLACE A GODDAMN LINK ON OUR BLOGS THAT ARE HOSTED ON WP.COM?!?!

    Thanks!

      1. Adding a link in the blogroll allows us only to add the “web address”, but for the authorship to work we need to add “rel=author” as well.
        How to do that, please explain!

  2. Thanks for a comprehensive post! How long does it take for the result to show on Google search? As per the testing tool, my authorship feature is working.

  3. Is this working now??
    I have done the steps as mentioned, and not able get the result, then I checked this blog link on Structured Data Testing Tool; and coudn’t find the author pic. Is there any change google authorship for wordpress.com blog?

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