Authorship Markup for

Using Authorship Markup and

(updated: 16-05-2012) Most bloggers by now will have heard about claiming authorship for their posts. Possibly many will be wondering how to do this with their blog. The instructions for using the attributes rel=”author” and rel=”me” posted on Google are possibly a bit confusing for bloggers without some HTML background – in fact without some minor changes the markup will not verify!. This article seeks to provide an easy to use solution for bloggers using the platform.

Firstly, we must look at the blog… Are you the only author, or does your blog have several contributing authors. The method of using the markup to claim authorship differs somewhat between single and multi-author blogs.

This article covers single author blogs. (An article describing implementation on multi-author blogs will be published after I have tested and confirmed the procedure).

Claiming Authorship for Single Author Blogs

For blogs with a single contributor, the easiest and most convenient way to claim your post articles as your own is to add the required HTML in a text widget, placed in a sidebar or the footer widget area. The HTML provided here includes a Google Profile icon (These may be linked to on Google, or uploaded to your blog media library).

Using the code in a widget places the link on every page of your blog, including the all important author profile page. There are other ways to meet Google’s requirements, but those are not as easy to get working for bloggers (or any other platform for that matter!)

Using a widget for Authorship Markup

Step 1: First thing to do is create a Google Profile, and add a clear head/head & shoulders photo of yourself to the profile.

Step 2: Next get a bit of code: If you want to use a link with a button, head over to Google Profile Button where there is a code generator tool.

Google Profile Button GeneratorThis is the basic generic code you will need to use for  a widget or a post signature. Copy the code from the the box marked ‘3’ to use. To get it to work properly the additional markup described below needs to be used as well.

Step 3: Linking to your Google Profile requires a small variation of the code; this is not explained by Google in this section of their tools.

Using the supplied HTML obtained in step 1, add /rel=”author” on the end of your profile link. IT MUST LOOK LIKE THIS: rel=”author” href=””, and a + symbol must be added to your profile name, either immediately before or after, with no spaces)

Required attribute for  Author profile

Shown here without the < > brackets – or WP converts it into  a link…

a rel=”me” href=” profile?rel=author” target=”_blank”><img style=”float:left;margin:0 6px;” src=””; width=”16″ height=”16″” alt=”me on google plus” height=”16″ width=”16″>+Your Google Name

Note: I have tried other variations found on the net – this is the only version that worked for this blog, and other sites I am adding authorship markup to.

Also note: Place the rel=”me” at the beginning of the link! adding it in the more common place – at the end of the link URL does not always work.

I like this method: it works, it’s easy to setup, and once done, there’s nothing more to do/

Authorship using an author page

Step 1: Create an Author Page on your blog and name it Author or you can use your name. Write a bio or whatever you want to tell readers about yourself. The important thing is to add the code from Step 3 somewhere on the page to identify you as the author with Google.

Follow the 3 steps from “using a widget”

Add Authorship on Every Post

This may have an advantage if your content is often scraped from syndicated feeds, or copied from your blog and posted on other sites (Has happened several times with articles here). Use the full authorship code from step 3 “using a widget” as a signoff on every post (HTML not Visual mode!). Automated  content scrapers will post this link! As you haven’t verified THAT site – Google will not accept the markup…

Manual copiers are generally too lazy to do anything more than copy and paste (else why would they copy your content verbatim), so this will often also get included.

This method works well for Multi-Author Blogs!

Linking your blog to your Google Profile:

Google Profile LinksStep 5: Link blog to profile: Once the code is installed, you must link the blog to your profile. Go to your profile and edit the “About” Page…

There three sections to add links; Other Profiles and Contributor To. Once again people writing about this have differed – some of the information is already out of date. Instead just follow these steps.

In the first group, Other Profiles, add a link to your Author Profile

In the second group, Contributor To, add a link to the front page of your blog.

Save the link in both cases, and navigate to Google Authorship Request Page to verify your details.

Claiming Authorship from Google

Since I published this article, Google has simplified the process of claiming authorship. The previous form is no longer in use, instead authors now have two options; a verified e-mail or linking with your Google Plus profile.

Set up authorship by linking your content to your Google+ profile

This is the preferred method, and the one bloggers will need to use. The other method requires an e-mail address on the same domain as the content (and we don’t have e-mails).

instructions to claim authorship using google plus infographic

Link your content to your Google+ profile using a verified email address.

To use this method an e-mail address on the same domain as the content is required.

claiming authorship with e-mail instructions infographic

Note: “Google doesn’t guarantee to show author information in Google Web Search or Google News results.”

After completing the process described above, use the Rich Snippets Testing Tool to make sure everything is OK.

Google Rich Snippets Testing Tool

Once all these other steps are finished, head over to the rich snippets testing tool to verify everything is working as it should.

This tool will check that all is working as it should, or if not will give you some indication what is wrong. If verification fails, then go over the steps outlined here, paying particular attention to the MARKUP CODE for possible mistakes.

Finally, Sign up for the Rich Snippets Program

me on google plus+Mike Otgaar

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Posted on December 27, 2011, in Google, TECHNOLOGY, WordPress and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. thanks man, i appreciate it! i think mine is set up properly…

  2. This was driving me crazy. Thanks so much. You are the best, man.
    Regards with all my heart.

  3. Finally. I’ve been working on this for the last two hours using code from other sites and it wasn’t working! thank you so much!

  4. OMG it freakin works, thank you to the bottom of my heart. this has beens such a nightmare, I almost jumped out of my seat

  5. This was so helpful, thank you very much! I also host a page with multiple authors, can I use the same code at the end of each of the articles and just change the google+ account? Will Google the articles that are only mine or only one of the other contributing authors?

    • Great!!!
      Easiest way is for each author to Plus1/share on Google Plus their post after publishing. Google’s made it much easier for authors now – as long as each author’s code/link is there…

  6. Thanks for the article but i’m having some trouble

    a rel=”me” href=”” target=”_blank”>+Quintin Lake


    a rel=””me”” href=”//”” target=””_blank””>+Quintin Lake

    when i save it. I ran the page through the test tool and it shows the wordpress template creator as the author- any ideas!?

    • First time I’ve seen this – Looks like WordPress is adding additional ” s

      Try this:

      1 <a href="" rel="me" target="_blank">+Quintin Lake</a>

      Or with the Plus icon

      2 <a href="" rel="me" target="_blank"><img style="float: left; margin: 0 6px;" alt="me on google plus" src="" width="16" height="16" />+Quintin Lake</a>
  7. There is a pretty easy way to do this for dumb people like me that have a great theme but without widgets and sidebars. I put the link in the menu structure as a submenu to the about me page. Then it follows through the blog and I’m sure everything works.

  8. I used the following code I modified from the “Static badge” Medium size:

    <a href="" style="text-decoration:none;color:#333;">
      <span style="float:left;font-weight:bold;margin-right:4px;margin-top:7px;">Daniel Greene</span>
      <span style="float:left;margin-right:11px;margin-top:7px;">on</span>
        <img src="" width="32" height="32" style="border:0;" /></a>

    I put it in a Text/HTML widget at the top of the sidebar.

  9. Very nice trick. It worked fine!

  10. Hello! I c/p the code from step # 3, made the instructed revisions, added the code to the “text / html” widget, then placed it on my sidebar. I tested it using the rich snippets tool and everything was working!

    I just have to wait for the actual changes to be visible on SERP. Thank you for this!! Big big help! 😀

  11. I simply c/p google+ icon code in sidebar text widget and voila. Thank you.

  12. Hey MIke
    Simply by linking your blog to your profile page will work?

    and yes how many days it takes?

    Thanks 🙂

    • You still need to add the mark-up code from step 2 or 3 to the blog, and check it verifies with Google. Adding the code to individual posts as well as in the footer or sidebar etc seems to speed the process up.
      Time wise – there’s no hard and fast rule. It can be almost immediate or maybe as long as three months.
      Do read the rich snippets requirements from Google – the type of blog content needs to comply with the guidelines, and remember Google does not guaranty to display the author info in SERP…

  13. This really helped a lot. Thank you.

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