Claim Authorship for your Blog, Articles and Sites!
Update! Google has release a video on the authorship process, I embedded the new video below.
Back on June 7th Google introduced a new feature that allows you to claim authorship for any article you post on the internet. By using the new tools that Google has given publishers you can be assured that you receive credit for the articles and websites you create. It’s not just about claiming ownership for your articles, it’s about making your articles stand out in Google search! Keep reading to find out how.
Using Authorship to your Advantage with Google Plus Profiles!
The new Google authorship tools don’t just allow you to claim your blogs and articles, it actually allows you to have all your writings linked up to your Google Plus account or the author page of your choosing! Imagine someone doing an online search, instead of just a bland search listing, your photo comes up along side the article with a link to your Google Plus account, Google profile or your own author page! If you link up to your Google Plus account or Google profile, Google will automatically add all your articles to the +1 section of your profile. Google has also hinted in the help page that you should upload a high quality photo of yourself as your profile picture in order to be eligible for be shown as a thumbnail in search results. In theory, this means that as people are searching your articles, they see you listed as the author along with a link to your profile, maybe even your profile picture! If that’s not enough to get you excited I don’t know what is.
Implementing Google Authorship on your Blog / Site
Now that you know what it can do I would imagine that you’re itching to add this feature to your articles. If your entire site/blog is authored by you it’s as simple as adding the following code to every page you claim ownership for:
<a rel=”author” href=”https://plus.google.com/<your profile id>”>About Your Name Here</a>
If you are using WordPress or have multiple authors on your blog site the Google help article has a lot more information. I highly suggest reading the help article anyway. It gives a lot of insight on ways you can use the authorship feature as well as a link to a form that you can fill out to let Google know that you updated your site with the tags.
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