Authorship Markup for WordPress.com
Posted by Mike
Using Authorship Markup and WordPress.com
(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 WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com 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.
This 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=”https://plus.google.com/yourprofile?rel=author”, and a + symbol must be added to your profile name, either immediately before or after, with no spaces)
Shown here without the < > brackets – or WP converts it into a link…
a rel=”me” href=”https://plus.google.com/yourgoogle profile?rel=author” target=”_blank”><img style=”float:left;margin:0 6px;” src=””http://www.google.com/images/icons/ui/gprofile_button-16.png” 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:
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 WordPress.com 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 wordpres.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org e-mails).
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.
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
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Posted on December 27, 2011, in Google, TECHNOLOGY, WordPress and tagged Authorship, Blog, Google, HTML, Internet, Rich Snippets, Search engine results page, Search Engines, Technology, wordpress.com. Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.