How to tell Google that you’re the author of a page

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.

Example of authors in Google

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?

  1. Make sure that the page has a byline that states who the author is (e.g. By Sam Scholfield)
  2. 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, create your self an email address like

To do this:

  1. Go to your profile on Google+
  2. Click ‘Edit Profile’
  3. Scroll down and click on the work section
  4. Add your email address and press ‘Save’
  5. 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=””>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.

That’s it.

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?

  • Redesign the Web

    This is a big help, I really wanted to know how to manage this! Excellent tutorial 🙂

  • DeAnna Lynn

    Do you recommend using your Google+ personal profile and name or business account?

    • Hi DeAnna. Thanks for commenting!

      As I’m sure your aware, Google is constantly updating the network, therefore that is a very tricky question to answer. However right now, using a profile seems to be more successful than creating a business account, this is because business accounts can only circle people who have already circled their page, whereas profiles can circle anyone!

      However I think they will be adding more functionality to the business profiles in the near future as they will want to keep the big brands happy!

      I hope that helps!

  • Hiya, I was wondering if you can use a Google+ business page as author or does it have to be your personal profile? The rich snippets testing tool seems to pick it up ok but it has been over a week and it is still not showing in search.

    Thanks 🙂

    • HI Tricky’s Boutique! That’s a great questions which I’m not too sure on. I believe that you can only use personal pages at the moment – However I’m not saying that with any certainty.

      If it turns out that you can use your page, please drop me a line to let me know!

      • Thanks for getting back to me so quickly! Do you know how long they usually take to pick it up? I’ll switch to my personal profile and see how that goes and report back 🙂

        • I set mine up a while ago, however it did take a couple of days. Google is notoriously slow with this kind of thing unfortunately. But yes do let me know how it goes!
          – Sam

          • Well… I had it linked to my business page for about 9 days (In which time google crawled both my page and website and updated the cache of both) but my pic was not showing in search.

            Switched to my personal page and less than 48 hours later my face is on google search 🙂

          • That’s great news! I’m glad you got it sorted 🙂

            It also answers your question on whether pages can be an Author – The answer is clearly no!

            Thank you for keeping me updated.

  • Easy to follow tips, Sam. thanks! I had originally neglected an “author box” on my company’s news articles, but at this point, I have to treat it like a blog and this is going to help in the long-run with search engine visibility. That said, the author box now has a link to my G+ profile, wonder how long it’ll take to get picked up, since these are all old articles with existing HTML. Any ideas? maybe I’ll resubmit my sitemap?

    • Hi Stephan!
      An author box isn’t needed for this to work, all you need is a “by Stephan Hovnanian” on the articles that you write. You will notice I have the same at the top of this article. The link around your name then needs to have the rel=”author” tag.

      Once you have set up your ‘Contributor to’ section in Google+ and your link, it should be picked up within a couple of days – It’s surprisingly quick for Google!

      Let me know how you get on, or if you have any other questions.

      • oh, cool. Well either way, I added it, so I could put my Twitter, G+ and LinkedIn links there too. Thanks!! (PS latest post on my site has a shout-out to the ‘preventing your site from being hacked’ article here)

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  • Thanks once again Sam. Another tid-bit I didn’t even know about but am now benefiting from. You da man! 🙂

    • Glad I could “hit ya with some knowledge” Heath 🙂
      – Sam

  • Stop Us If You Can

    Hi Sam,

    I think gplus author plugin(For wordpress website) is also one of the way to do the same. Its easy to install and configure. Please correct me if i am wrong.

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