Rel=Author Step By Step Tutorial For WordPress

Updated on 04-May-2012

Google recently announced their support for the rel=author markup which will allow us to associate authors with articles wherever they are published online. If done correctly, Google may also show (at their discretion) Google+ profile images next to pages in search results occasionally.

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Important Update – Use Our Free Rel=Author WordPress Plugin!

This article shows you how to set up rel=author manually. But if you don’t want to do it manually – check out our rel=author authorship plugin that we have built specifically to help you get rel=author working.

How To Do Rel=Author On Thesis, Genesis and All Free WordPress Themes

Support for rel=author may potentially allow Google to work out who articles were really authored by, and this means pages you write will rank, rather than scraped versions of your pages. My advice is to be an early adopter of this technology, so that you are in place to benefit from it straight away.

There are some articles online explaining how to set this all up. Obviously there is information from the horse’s mouth too.

Here is my version of what to do.

Step 01 – Get a Photo of Your Face

Use your webcam, or your iPhone or any digital camera to take photo of youself. It needs to be a clear shot of your face or Google may not deem it eligible to be listed in the SERPs (search engine results pages).

Step 02 – Create a Google+ Account

If you haven’t already signed up to Google+, now is the time to do it. Visit Google+, and sign up for a profile in your own name. For example here is my Google+ profile. At the time of writing, Google is not technically allowing profiles to be set up in the name of businesses or other corporate entities.

Add your photo and complete your profile as completely as you can. The more detail you add, the better. Also make sure the +1s tab appears on your profile (see image below). You will have to check a checkbox to make it appear. If you have trouble doing this, make sure you have plus 1′d at least one website (you could start by clicking plus one on this page!).

rel=author authorship markup

Step 03 – Update Your WordPress Author Bio

Go to your WordPress dashboard and locate the Users menu, then click on the Your Profile link. When the page opens up, scroll down to the About Yourself/Autobiographical Info box and add a couple of lines about yourself there. Finally add a line in that same box that looks like this :

Connect with me on 
<a href="https://plus.google.com/109412257237874861202?rel=author">Google+</a>

Obviously you must substitute your own Google profile URL rather than the one I have used above (it belongs to Matt Cutts by the way). Note that the URL has ?rel=author added to the end. By adding it like this, as a query parameter on the end of the URL, WordPress will not strip it out.

Step 04 – Add An Author Bio To All Your Posts

Once you have set up your WordPress Author Bio (as described in Step 03 above), you need to make it appear at the bottom of every post you write. This is easy if you are using a theme that allows you to check a box to say “add Author Bio to the bottom of my posts”. There are some themes that have this built in. Genesis is one such theme and I believe Woo Themes also have this facility. It’s a good technique to use on your site – to have your image and bio appear at the bottom of every post. Your visitors are reminded of who you are, and that you are a real person. It helps with your personal branding.

What follows is how to achieve this on Thesis, Genesis and free themes.

Instructions for Genesis Themes

Genesis allows this facility with the click of a button. If your theme is a Genesis theme, just beneath where you added your author bio, is a section titled Author Box. Make sure the Enable Author Box on this User’s Posts? option is checked. That’s it for Genesis. This theme really knows how to make life easy. See below.

Genesis rel=author implementation

Instructions for the Thesis Theme

To add the author bio automatically to all your future and existing posts make the following changes.

First add this code to your custom_functions.php file.

function thesis_author_box() {
if (is_single()) {
 ?>
 <div class="author_info">
 <h4>About the Author</h4>
 <span class="author_photo"><?php echo get_avatar(get_the_author_id(),96); ?></span>
 <p><?php the_author_description(); ?></p>
 </div>
 <?php
  }
}
add_action('thesis_hook_after_post','thesis_author_box');

Next, add the following CSS to your custom.css file

.custom .author_info{ padding:5px; margin:0 auto; }
.custom .author_photo{
  float:left;
  margin-right: 10px;
  margin-top:6px;
  background-color:#E8E8E8;
  border:1px solid #DDDDDD;
  padding:10px 10px 5px 10px;
}

Instructions for Free Themes

If your theme has no easy facility to allow the placement of an author bio at the end of every post (as most premium themes do), you can use a plugin like this one : WP Biographia.

Step 05 – Add Your Sites To Google+

Edit your Google+ profile and add each of the websites you contribute to, there. To do this go to your Google+ profile, then click on edit profile. Next click on the About tab and then click on the Contributor To section. You can add all your websites there.

Step 06 – Fill In The Form At Google

You should now go to this web page and complete the form.

Step 07 – Test Your Work

The results will not be instant, but at some point you can start checking indvidual posts to see if your efforts have been successful.

You do this by using the Snippet Checking Tool. Paste a URL of a post into the box and you will get a report that indicates if the search engine would attribute the post to you.

Here is the type of output if gives me for a successfully attributed post using rel=author.

Snippet Testing Tool

If the post has not been successfully set up for rel=author, you will get output like this :

Snippet Testing Tool

Step 08 – Wait!

The next thing to do is simply wait and keep on writing your WordPress posts. One day, if you’re lucky, Google will get around to placing your lovely mugshot next to your post in the listings. I’m still waiting …

This article was updated on May 4, 2012

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth is an experienced web developer and WordPress SEO Coach. Connect with her on Google+ and Twitter

Comments

  1. Shana Phillips says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I had heard about this, but I didn’t realize that it might eventually help with page rank. It’s so frustrating to have your content stolen, and it sounds like this could take away a lot of that frustration. I think I’ll start adding this to my pages right away. Do you know how long it takes to show up in search results?

  2. It can take weeks, so that is why you can use the tool described in Step 7 above to check that what you did was correct. After that, just keep on writing. The more you write for your site, the better you will do.

  3. Lizzy, I applied all the steps in your article to my sites and it all worked brilliantly! Thank you so much for such a well put together resource. I’m hoping all this catches on and it can help fight scrapers! -Danny

  4. Nice post – will it possible to turn this work into a wordpress plugin ?
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    • A couple of people have done so, and if you search you’ll find more plugins coming out that go part way to doing it. But the issue I have with making a plugin is that it can only ever be a partial solution. There are so many ways to implement this, a plugin that covered everything would be quite complicated. Also, why add another plugin when you don’t need to? There isn’t much to it if you use Thesis or Genesis.

      I’ll be updating this post with alternative ways to set this up in a day or two.

  5. Any advice on a plugin that could do this? You see, I add the rel=author tag and then Google requires a rel=me tag, but on my theme going to http://www.previousmagazine.com/author/admin doesn’t show much of a profile for a user and I’m not too sure how to implement the rel=me tag.
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    • Hi Hammy
      The reason you are getting an error is because you have the author meta showing at the top of your post. If you have the author box at the bottom, you don’t need the author link with your name at the top of the post. If you can remove that, you should find it starts working.

      I will be updating this post to include this information. Please also note that Google have announced an even easier way to get this working – see option 1 here : http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=1408986

      However, I don’t like the idea of my email address being in plain text on every page I write (even if it is a gmail address created for the purpose) so I won’t be implementing that method. Think of all the spam.
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  6. Hi Elizabeth,
    On my wordpress blog I use author spotlight plugin so that a snippet of the relevant bio appears on each related post. Instead of placing the rel=author link in the author bio would it still work the same by extending the user contact info via functions.php to include a google plus field which would then appear in every post that the author bio did? I suppose then you could just change the anchor text from ‘Google+’ to something like ‘connect with me’ or ‘conntect with my account’ if you thought necessary.

    • I think that should work, but you must place a + sign at the end of whatever link text you use as this is one of the requirements. It’s just that using Google+ as the link text means the + doesn’t look odd, whereas connect with me+ would look a bit funny ….

      The other thing to watch is that you don’t have a link in the post meta to the author archive page. If you do, then it will need a rel=me added to it. I think if you have an author bio on every page the post meta link to the author page isn’t necessary so it may be easier to get rid of it. I will be updating this post in the next day or two with more info.

  7. Thanks for sharing this good post of yours Elizabeth. It trying to set it up right now.

  8. Thanks a lot Elizabeth,

    I was searching on google for this from last week and didn’t find any simple articles. Thank God, I got your article – found this very simple and easier than most of the other bloggers out there who’ve written a post on it. A dumb question, when I filled out the about yourself box in wordpress & saw the same on site, the only thing is missing is my display pic. I saw in wordpress but there is nowhere I can add my image even in the profile column. Can you help me in it?

    I share this article on google+.

    Thanks a lot again.
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    • That’s a good question. Firstly you need to look at the Users section of your WordPress dashboard, and check which email address you have associated with your WordPress login username.

      Take that email address and go to Gravatar and sign up (if you haven’t already) and add that email address to Gravatar.

      Next, upload a photo of yourself to your Gravatar account and associate that photo with the same email address you specified in your WordPress user profile.
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      • Thanks Eliza,

        Acutally, I had my profile in Gravatar and in wordpress I just ticked the option of Gravatar and after few mins I was able to see my display pic. Thanks again for the reply.

        Wanted to know how much time does google will take to show up the pic of mine alongwith my post. Infact, when I searched for Google+ profile of mine on google it is not showing my pic me but just my profile link.

        Waiting for your reply.

  9. I’m such a non-techie, and was dreading doing this, but this article really helped me understand it.

    Thanks

    Jane
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  10. I saw your updated post on this, Elizabeth – most of us are still waiting for the markup to start working.

    At first I thought there might be something to your guess about G+ influence having an effect on the issue, but then again, my friend Andy Bailey is in far fewer circles than I am in and his markup shows up just fine. Google commentluv premium.
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    • I am surprised that yours isn’t there yet … that means I could have a long wait! I notice that Andy Bailey has fewer circles as you say, but the domain comluv.com has more than twice the pages in the index. Probably a lot of factors and we’ll never know. Maybe we’ll get it for Christmas :-)
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    • Ana – I have commented on your site but I’ll add this here. Mine has just started working yesterday and I put my markup into this site on 15th October 2011 – it has taken almost 4 months. Who knows what the criteria are. Maybe it is just a slow rollout and finally got around to me …
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  11. Thank you so much for explaining this to me, which every thing has been much clearer now. But you should know that this feature is not yet fully active in Turkey but I understand that it should arrive here soon too.

  12. Elizabeth,

    You are an excellent writer. Your instructions were thorough and written in a style that even a non-techie could understand. Thanks for your work on this!

    Regards,
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  13. Thanks Elizabeth,

    Thanks for detailing how to add this author information. I use the Genesis themes and hope I have this installed correctly. I struggled with the rel=me for quite a while before I found your post.
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  14. Hi April – that’s good. Thank you for the feedback. This is certainly the simplest way to implement it. As long as you have tested it in the Rich Snippets tools as directed in the post you should be fine. Once that is done, you just wait and keep on writing. And of course, get placed in as many circles as you can on Google+.
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  15. Hey Elizabeth,

    Thanks very much for such a detailed post. There was one little thing I missed in my own markup, which was using rel=”author” for my Google profile, when I should have used rel=”me”.

    What’s it mean when your picture is already showing in search results? Does that mean I didn’t need to do any of this? LOL :)

    Thanks again!

    Pat

  16. Google still seem to be testing this as even now I keep seeing variations.

    There is also rel=’publisher’ to consider too – which some people are linking to G+ pages rather than author profile. I’ve seen G+ page graphics appear next to search results (which may be related to this), with a smaller author pic below that as well! And seen that style of results disappear again too.

    So I think they’re still deciding how it’s going to officially work. Then they’ll tell us sometime after that :-)

    (P.S. I can’t comment using Firefox 9.0.1 – I get an error saying ‘you may have disabled javascript’, but it is enabled)
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    • Hi Martin – I’ve emailed Andy Bailey about the error you experienced as I think it may be to do with CommentLuv – if it is he’ll fix it for sure. Which browser did you switch to, to add your comment?

      Regarding rel=author and re=publisher – they are not quite interchangeable and rel=publisher relates to Google+ Pages (not profiles). We have written a comprehensive, free plugin to help WordPress users set this up easily and will be releasing it in a few days. I will be updating the article (by writing another one) at that time.

  17. hadi wibowo says:

    sorry slightly deviated from the topic
    how to cope
    Warning: Missing required field “entry-title”.
    Warning: Missing required field “updated”.
    Warning: Missing required hCard “author”.
    help me :(

    • Hi – I am not sure precisely what you mean so I’ll take a guess. It sounds like you’ve done the markup but when you do the verify on the Rich Snippets testing tool you get a a bunch of warnings like the ones you have listed.

      We have a WordPress plugin coming out that will fix this for you. Please sign up to my list to be told about it when it is released.

  18. Hi Elizabeth,

    Thank you very much for taking the time to explain in great detail how to do this.

    I had been noticing that there were occasionally photos next to people’s sites when searching – but had no idea as to how they were doing it.

    I believe I have followed your instructions to the letter – but I am getting the following error:

    “Error: Author profile page does not have a rel=”me” link to a Google Profile”

    I would be most grateful if you could kindly help me with this problem, as I am on totally new ground here and have so much to learn as yet.

    I would also be most grateful to have access to the plugin that you’re about to create.

    Thank you and best wishes.
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    • Hi Anthony
      Which site have you done this on? I can’t see evidence of any markup on your last post.
      Liz
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      • Hi Elizabeth,

        Thank you for replying. This is a new site and at the beginning of creation. Please let me know if you need any more information.
        Thank you.

        Tony

        • Anthony – I would think your site (I’ve removed the reference to it from your last comment), will need unique, original content for authorship markup to help you. That said, the rel=author instructions have not been followed at all. None of what I see on the site bears any resemblance to what I’ve described here.

          For example, if you check the Google+ link out of your author box, (by hovering over it to reveal the link) you’ll see that it does not link back to your Google profile but to somewhere completely undefined. Try clicking it. It goes to a 404 page.

          • Elizabeth,

            That’s a bit strong!

            Did you get out of the bed the wrong way today or what?

            What do you mean “None of what I see on the site bears any resemblance to what I’ve described here.”?

            You say that the rel=author instructions haven’t been followed at all?

            I followed them to the letter! In fact I was up to 5am trying to get it to work.

            In fact I watched and kept stopping and pausing the video while I did it and also copied and printed out all YOUR instructions on your blog.

            I added my photo to my Google+ account!
            I added All my sites!
            I added the bio to my Bio box in the WordPress Profile page!
            I added the Bigraphia plugin as you instructed!
            I added my Google+ About code as you instructed!
            I added my info to the online form!
            And i tested it with the Rich snippets testing tool.

            The results showed my site but with this error:

            “Error: Author profile page does not have a rel=”me” link to a Google Profile. ”

            So how is it of no resemblance to described? I’m baffled?

            When I hover over the Google+ link I get this: https://profiles.google.com/?gpcaz=37365ea4#103950810629728377960?rel=author
            NOT a 404 page!

            I don’t know what you’re talking about?

            I know it needs more content – but I ALREADY stated it was a new site. What has that to do with it?

            The bio box is shown at the bottom of the post and page.

            What do you mean when you say: “I can’t see evidence of any markup on your last post.”?

  19. Hi Tony. My response would not fit here so I wrote another post. Please refer to this answer to your comment.
    http://www.devonwebdesigners.com/4373/relauthor-markup-does-not-verify/
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  20. Thanks for the post.

    I thought I would come back and show how your post helped me to develop my plugin. So people do resd your posts and things do happen because of them.

    This is the plugin created from reading your post.

    Well done, many thanks….and I +1′d your page. Lets see what your next post will inspire…:)
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  21. so I’ve followed the directions but somehow my picture is not showing up on my site: http://www.gearsoftech.com

    I’ve checked my avatar associated with my email on my wordpress profile and although it’s rated “G” it’s still not popping up on my blog’s posts. Does it take a while, or did I make a mistake? Any help would be appreciated!

  22. Hi Edward – It looks like it is showing up for you when I look – it should have been visible within a minute or two.

    Only slight thing that looks odd is that you have an ad showing after your author box that probably needs to go somewhere else as it is now awkwardly placed.
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  23. Thanks a lot for this ! Actually did this couple of days ago and I thought would drop in a word of thanks :)
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  24. Oh, thanks. I didn’t realize the ad was awkwardly in the middle. Is there a way to modify the coding in the custom.css file to allow a space between this author box and my ad?

  25. Thanks for the tutorial! Well written and love the inclusion of screen shots for visual people like me. :)

    I just did it, so I guess now I wait.

    But even if my pretty mugshot isn’t included in the search results, I’m still happy that I’ve included the “rel=author” link to each post on my blog by including it in the biography box and using that plugin! So thanks for that! You learn something new everyday! :)

    - TriNi

  26. Thank you so much! I’ve been wondering about this very issue and how to make it work and your clearly written instructions work like a charm!

  27. Thank you so much for this excellent post. I have tried following help on Google for 2 days and other people’s blogs and just went round it circles. With your step by step guide it finally works, and I’m so happy!
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    • Thank you Katherine – what a lovely comment. Please tell others to come follow these instructions. Your photo won’t show straight away – who knows why Google does what it does, but as long as you can get your markup to verify you have done everything you can, apart from doing more writing. Then you just wait. My image is now in the search engine results so I am delighted – these instructions definitely work. Good luck to you with your search engine photos.

  28. We launched a plugin today to help with the correct setup of rel=author. Please take a look at AuthorSure

  29. khaja moin
    Twitter:
    says:

    Thats great! Those who don`t want to touch their blog code can use this plugin to easily to add rel=author.
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  30. Great post Elizabeth. I actually followed Google’s instructions to a tee and it wasn’t working. Then I read this article and I believe I have everything sorted except that I am using an author bio plugin that I think may be conflicting with the snippet tool. I get two results when I test out a blog post.. The plugin creates a link to my author archive and although I put in the appropriate rel=author tag, I still get:

    Error: Author profile page does not have a rel=”me” link to a Google Profile

    Any idea if having two links on the same page will keep you from getting indexed? If you want to take a look at my site it’s www-dot-phacient-dot-com
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    • Hi Patrick
      Thanks for your excellent comment. Your site looks very good – I think you are using Genesis. However that does lead me to ask why you felt your needed the author bio plugin. I can see it is quite a funkadelic one, in that it offers you all those little social media icons, but you could achieve something similar (if you put them in by hand) using Genesis’ built in author box.

      The current problem is that you have too many things all trying to do the same thing on the site and the rich snippets testing tool is getting mixed messages.

      Could you try the following? Remove your rel=author tag that you have put into your bio. Install our plugin, AuthorSure. In AuthorSure you should select the byline method. Also, supply an extended bio in the box provided and complete your social media URLs in the plugin too.

      If you do that, and don’t add anything at all in terms of rel=author, rel=me tags yourself, leave that to AuthorSure, it should be OK. Personally I’d remove the existing bio plugin as well and use the built-in one supplied by Genesis. If you need help to get that looking almost as nice as the one you have now, please ask.

      Liz
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  31. Laadi
    Twitter:
    says:

    thanks a ton i was searching this tutorial from last week, i followed ur instructions but google snippet tool giving me one error . Error: Author profile page does not have a rel=”me” link to a Google Profile.

    • Hmmm. If you followed my instructions they do not actually involve a rel=me link on the Author page. That error means you either already tried some other method and you’ve left that behind in your site before trying my method, or your theme is trying to do it for you and failing. You have to clean upall previous attempts before doing this method. Or of course you can try using our plugin AuthorSure

  32. Thanks for the post. We have tried a fe methods and have not successfully implemented any of them. We are going to try your way next and hopefully that will solve it. I find it amazing that as popular of a blog program as wordpress is that it is so difficult to implement this.

  33. I love the tutorial, thank you for sharing. I’ve heard this before but then i’m hesitant if it’s really can help the page rank. Well, i’ll try to apply this one, i hope it will work me too just fine.

    • Not sure your type of site can benefit from this. You need to have social love – i.e G+1, FaceBook likes, Tweets etc about your content. This is proof people find it compelling enough to recommend and share. Also you need comments and traffic. And be set up in Google Analytics (I imagine this must be a contributory factor – I am only guessing but it can’t hurt) and be in Google Webmaster Tools. Then you need to have written a few posts – not hundreds, but more than a handful, and the site needs to look like it is growing and changing. This is what I think.

      I put Authorship markup on one of my client sites where the site as lots of posts written by my client, but only a handful written by a guest poster. That guest poster has her own site but as she is not my client, I have not done any work on her site and she has not authorship markup there. But even though I put authorship markup for her on my client’s site, only my client’s face is in the SERPs. Her guest poster doesn’t have the same social presence, no amount of work properly marked up online to show. At least this is what I observe. No-one knows for sure other than Google.

      So for you to benefit from authorship markup you’d need to make sure people were tweeting and G+1 etc your posts, and there ‘d have to be a number of high quality posts that showed some evidence of being shared.

  34. Great tut – thank you. I tried a couple of other methods without success, but yours was detailed and simple to follow!

    Thanks

  35. Wonderful tutorial Elizabeth! I love the way you are faithfully answering questions in the comments and have updated the post.

    Just to confirm, on Step 6, we check off the box on the submit to Google form that says: “I have used a ?rel=author parameter, and a + character is added at the end of the anchor text” because we have covered this in step 3 when we added a link to Google+ using “Google+” as the anchor text in our author bio. Correct?

    I look forward to posting this article on my Google+ (first I will look for you to circle there). I don’t see a Twitter address for you? Love your use of the word “copreneurs.”
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    • Yes Linda – that is correct, but consider using AuthorSure which is our free WordPress plugin for doing this. Any problems, let me know! We are trying to get an update to that plugin out tonight. It has a few improvementhttp://www.devonwebdesigners.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.php?approved=1#comments-forms, so try it out.

  36. Thanks for all the advice Elizabeth. I have finally managed to get this set up using a combination of the two options given by Google and with the help of the WP plugin ‘wp biographia’.
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  37. Hi Elizabeth

    Thanks a lot for the post, I’ve just implemented it on my website and await with baited breath to see my wonderful mug shot on the Google results.

    As an aside whilst at the Link Love SEO conference in London a few weeks ago Rank Fishkin of SEOMoz was talking quite a bit about how Google could be starting to using Authorship and the profile of the individual as an increasingly important factor for determining real trust.

    Being that it is relatively simple to set up (especially in the way you’ve described it), I will now be recommending to clients that they all set up a Google + profile and link their content to their profile and vice versa.

    I’ve today written and a post for my blog “Stay one step ahead and start to build your Google Profile” where I’ve tried to put in layman’s term (for Small Business Owners) the reason for doing this, (I’ve linked to your from my post).

    http://www.searchmonkeyseo.co.uk/one-hour-to-stay-one-step-ahead-of-your-competition-start-to-build-your-google-profile-with-authorship

  38. Is it possible to make rel=author your company google+ account, not individual person?

    BR kari

  39. Hi Elizabeth, Step 6 in this post has a link that is no longer valid…

    You might want to replace it with this link: https://plus.google.com/authorship :-)

    Cheers, Dave
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  40. Great step by step tutorial. Thanks. I have been looking around about how to configure my author to link with Google Plus profile but I am using rel=”author”. Or should I use ?rel=author I am still waiting for my author link to appear on google SERP :)
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    • Alvin – you should be using AuthorSure if you are using WordPress. In any case if your pages verify in Google’s rich text testing tool then you are fine. But if your photo is still not showing make sure you are active on Google+ and get social icons on your site and make sure your articles are read and enjoyed by the people who visit.

  41. Hi
    i have been working on this but could not succeed. can you please help?

    I have added G+ link of mine on ma wordpress Bio and also ma blog link from G+ profile still its not working.
    Please tell me what should i do?

    Thanks!

  42. Heyyy Elizabeth, Thank You for this post :D I was wondering how to do this thing and landed here :3 BTW i get two warnings:
    Warning: Missing required field “updated”.
    Warning: Missing required hCard “author”.

    Single.php of my Theme doesn’t have required properties to fix those. Can you help me with them ?
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  43. Hi Elizabeth,thank you for this great page and helpful tools and info.

    I implemented AuthorSure and went (I believe) through all the steps, but when i test my pages with the rich snippets tool from google I get an error message like this:

    author
    linked author profile = http://www.google.com/profiles/aemptv
    Error: Author profile page redirects to another URL
    Error: Author profile page does not have an authorship link to a Google Profile.

    Google seems to think that the link above is my G+ profile page.

    • If you want some help please give me the URL of the site and the URL of your Google profile, and the admin login to your WordPress account. You can use the contact form on this site.

  44. It seems to work by now as it appears in the organic search results. Thanks, but I still dont understand what the error message is about.

  45. apparently with the WordPress sites hosted for free by WordPress, one cannot install a plug-in. I’ve tried. I’ve also tried all the other coding and email link, etc. It still doesn’t work when I got to Rich Snippets. Is my only alternative to put a code on the bottom of each post?

  46. Hi Elizabeth,

    I used your video and it worked great for me. I got the green writing that says: Verified: Authorship markup is verified for this page, but when I scrolled down the page I still have a red warning that says: Warning: Missing required field “updated”

    I am using a free WordPress theme and am considering chaning to Genesis. Do you get any of the red warnings if you use Genesis? I have read a few posts about how to get rid of the warning but I haven’t been able to do so. I would almost rather change to the Genesis theme if that doesn’t get the warnings.

    Thanks

    • Yes you will still get the warnings if you use Genesis – at least last time I checked. It actually doesn’t really matter. it does not affect your authioship and is nothing to do with it. However if you want to get rid of it you can try using our authorship plugin, Authorsure – and when you install it, use the footnote method. This will get rid of your warnings. Authorsure works on most good quality themes.

  47. I’m using Genesis child theme. I’m getting this error

    Missing required field “updated” in genesis – Do you know some solution?
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    • It actually doesn’t really matter. it does not affect your authioship and is nothing to do with it. However if you want to get rid of it you can try using our authorship plugin, Authorsure – and when you install it, use the footnote method.

  48. If I could kiss you I would. This is the EASIEST guide to follow for setting up rel=author. Thank You! You have been g+’d and tweeted for sharing your knowledge! :)
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  49. Thanks for this informative steps. I am so new to Genesis and without your article I wouldn’t be able to accomplish my Google Authorship.
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  50. Wow, great post! Thank you for taking the time to share such valuable information. Your article was very thorough and informative. Also, I love how you reply to each comment and question that users post in the comment section. Thank you again, Elizabeth!
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  51. Thanks for the nice write up of WP Biographia. Version 3.3 of the plugin was recently released and includes a lot of new features designed to support multi author sites and sites with guest authors. It also allows you to specify where you want the Biography Box to appear (on top of a post or underneath), what types of post the Biography Box should appear on (front page, posts, pages, archives, etc) and includes comprehensive shortcode and template tag support if you really need finer grained control. It even validates all your social media contact links and nudges you if they look wrong, so a Twitter profile URL of @vicchi (my Twitter ID) will be nudged to tell me to enter the URL as http://twitter.com/vicchi. Take a look if you get a spare moment.
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  52. Tnx mate 4 these. I was searching an easy way to implement rel=”author” markup. I’m glad that finally found it :) It’s pretty easy to implement & works like a charm. Just waiting or google’s approval :)

  53. Thank you. I have read many articles and have been trying to implemebt this for several days with no success. Then I read your article. Definitely the best! I followed it and had it working in a few minutes. Great job!

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