Google+ has been around for a while now. Love it or hate it, there are some great benefits to being on it. One of those is the Authorship functionality.
Have you been onto Google, typed in a search query and seen someones face next to the article you were searching for?
That is because the authors have taken the correct steps to state that they are the creator of that content.
Google will automatically link the search result to your Google+ profile along with your Google+ profile image.
There are a few steps you have to take to tell Google that you are an author, these are detailed below.
How do you tell Google that you’re the author?
- Make sure that the page has a byline that states who the author is (e.g. By Sam Scholfield)
- Make sure your Google+ profile name matches the name on the byline.
You then have two options:
If you own the domain
Add an email address with the same domain to your Google+ profile. e.g. if your domain was www.example.com, create your self an email address like firstname.lastname@example.org.
To do this:
- Go to your profile on Google+
- Click ‘Edit Profile’
- Scroll down and click on the work section
- Add your email address and press ‘Save’
- Click ‘Finished Editing’
If you don’t own the domain
This is typically used if you contribute to another persons website.
On the page (normally in the author information section), you need to link to your Google+ page.
This can be done with the following code:
<a href=”[profile_url]?rel=author”>YOUR NAME</a>
Make sure you change [profile_url] to the link to your page. The finished version should like like:
<a href=”https://plus.google.com/u/0/113573211001835677846/?rel=author”>Sam Scholfield</a> – Although the name could be changed to anything
Please note, the ‘?rel=author’ must be appended to the end of the link otherwise this won’t work.
You then need to go to your Google+ profile and add the website to the ‘Contributor to‘ section.
Google should automatically pull your profile picture and add your image next to the post.
While your playing around on Google+, why not add StuffedWeb to your circles?