Google Authorship – Learn how to display your face in Google

If you haven’t heard by now, Google Authorship is the new mechanism by Google which seemingly helps to rank your site better in the world’s largest search engine.

What is it?

This is Google’s method of assigning an author to the content which has been posted in their search engine. To take this one step further, having authorship is also Google’s way of giving you the ‘thumbs up as what you are offering is of quality. Below is a snapshot of the concept I’m referring to:

How Do I have my picture in Google?

While some may tell you that you need to understand website coding such as the rel=”author” tag, I say, let’s keep this simple and avoid the unnecessary confusion. I will explain how to establish your authorship in three easy steps.  Before I jump in, I must remind inform you that the only prerequisite for this lesson is that you need a Google + profile as the content will need to link to your profile. If you haven’t set one up, click here.

Note: This tutorial is for WordPress including the Genesis Framework.

1. Attach your Google+ Profile

Under the user screen in your WordPress dashboard, click edit user and under ‘contact info’ there should be an empty option box where you can insert the Google+ link to your account. When you are pasting, make sure the link looks like this:

https://plus.google.com/110633004981542839309

I have included a snapshot from the WordPress dashboard to ensure you are on the right track:

2. Add a ‘Contributor to’ link in Google+

So now that your WordPress link is done, now we need to head over to your Google + profile and establish a link to ensure Google+ knows you are the author for the website. Go to Edit Profile, then scroll to the bottom where you can edit the ‘contributor to’ area.

In this section, simply add the link to your website via the ‘Add custom link’. Your profile should look like this if you have completed this step correctly:

3. Test it

In order to be completely sure that you’ve set it up correctly, we need to test it. Luckily for us, Google offers a free tool – Structured Data Testing Tool which will check whether the two connections are syncing.

If you have done this correctly, the sample link of your blog post should present you with a photo of yourself (see image below) with the standard text ‘The excerpt from this page etc”

If you see your profile photo as shown above, you’ll start to see the same photo appear next to all of your posts in Google (including how many Google+ connections you have in your Circles). Trust me, having your image next to your content will get you more site visitors.  While your existing articles won’t immediately show your profile photo, all future posts will but give Google a few days to register your Authorship before you start to Google yourself 🙂

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Guest article written by: Kapil Jekishan runs a contemporary technology blog, Latestcrunchs which provides Internet Marketing strategies, gadget reviews and giveaways to keep his readers engaged. Currently, he is offering a $20 discount for Market Samurai if you’re looking for a great keyword research tool. 

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Guest article written by: Kapil Jekishan runs a contemporary technology blog, Latestcrunchs.com which provides Internet Marketing strategies, gadget reviews and giveaways to keep his readers engaged. Currently, he is offering a $20 discount for Market Samurai if you’re looking for a great keyword research tool. 

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33 thoughts on “Google Authorship – Learn how to display your face in Google”

  1. Thanks for it. Really I just a started my new blog and I was looking for this kind of tutorial which clearly explained me the steps on how to do it.

    When I sue to search, I use find the face and think Google will automatically find those blogger face who are Pro in it. But now came to know that even a newbie can go for it easily.

    Thanks for Sharing.

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  2. Great post Kapil, Google authorship is an excellent tool to have. I will be setting mine up in a few months time, there is a reason I am not doing it yet but in May I shall, there are so major benefits for having Google authorship and every legitimate writer should get it done.

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  3. I set this up a few days ago, but have yet to see it working in google searches. I have tried to follow the link you put here to ‘test’ it, but when I enter my details it says that “the service you requested is currently unavailable”.
    I’m not sure whether this means there is something wrong with the test page or whether my set up needs correcting?!

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  4. hello Kapil.

    awesome article really most of the people don’t know about such stuff .this stuff help the blogger to know about him by his traffic.thank you your method are very easy and efficient.

    keep it up friend 🙂

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  5. I have been trying to do it for my blog but not able to do so. I will try out your suggestions and I am sure this is going to work. thanks a ton for sharing this post with us.

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  6. Hey guys, thank you for the comments and I’m gad to hear this guide is easy enough to follow. If you come across any issues, flick me a note.

    Catherine – I think there might be a missing step which is causing this error message. Happy to discuss this offline to better understand where the issue is.

    Abhishek – let me know if you don’t get it working. Please note that the authorship will start to show after a couple of days for all future posts.

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  7. This is very helpful. I like it links back to your google+ which then can add viewership to your website. Also it adds your image to the google image which then also links back to your website. So this is a 100% win-win deal. thank you.

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  8. This is very helpful. I like it links back to your google+ which then can add viewership to your website. Also it adds your image to the google image which then also links back to your website. So this is a 100% win-win deal. thank you.

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  9. I have been trying to get Google authorship and as of now not able to do so, however I feel if I try these steps then gonna get my face in google ranking too. Will try this for sure and thanks a ton for sharing this 🙂

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    • Hey Shekhar,
      I thought I’d follow up to see if you managed to get this up and running? If not, feel free to give us a yell and I’ll help where possible.

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    • May be you haven’t done it correctly. This method is applicable only if you are using genesis framework. Search for other method and try again. Three month! you have waited too long.

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  10. Hi Hamid,
    It should only take 2-3 days after you set it up for your new posts to display the authorship in the results. Please note that your old posts will not reflect this change. If you have any queries, feel free to leave me message on support [at]latestcrunchs[dot]com and I’ll try to show you a video.

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  11. I JUST did this and wouldn’t have made it through without this tutorial. I’m excited to see what this can do for my content! Thanks for sharing.

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  12. ya its really awesome & very interesting to play on Google.i try various time but not succeed to get its final result.Now once i again try it & wish to get that result

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  13. Do you know how this helps with the ranking of a page? I’ve set up Google authorship on many of my pages but I don’t know yet whether it’s effective. At any rate, I think it improves the credibility of a page when an author is associated with it and you can click on that authors profile to learn more about him or her.

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  14. I heard about his before but I never try this yet because I am not about the Authorship. Some said that it will effort ranking but never heard about announcement in official about this Authorship.

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  15. Having authorship in Google is a great position to the bloggers and authors. It gives t us a status of Author.

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    • No worries Rusito – I’ll see if I can provide a follow up post in the near future once this concept develops a bit more….stay tuned 🙂

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  16. Great to hear many of your have already started to establish your Authorship 🙂

    Mike, while there isn’t any compelling evidence to suggest authorship will boost up your rankings, we have observed a number of instances where those who have established it have seen positive results on Google. I think with the rise of Google+, it will become even more prevalent so I’d definitely recommend you jump on board.

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  18. I came to know this from this post and will immidiately follow this trick to increase the rankings in search engines.

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  19. Thanks Himanshu – give it a shot and see how you go. I’ve tried to include each step but if you come across any difficulties, feel free to send me a message.

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