Quick Setup Using the Google Authorship Page
This setup applies only if you have a website with your own top-level-domain (yourdomain.com) with a blog section where you are the only person writing content and you have an email address on your domain (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org). If this solution does not apply to you please go to our Table of Contents to find the setup solution that does.
- Setup a Google Plus Profile using your real name following the instructions What you Must Do Before Installing Rel=Author. Also make certain everything you write on your blog uses your real name as the byline. (i.e. by John Doe) or this won’t work.
- Ensure your profile has a clear and recognizable headshot.
- Submit your email address using the Google Authorship setup page: https://plus.google.com/authorship
- Verify your email address using the email Google sends you by clicking on the link in the email.
- Double-check all of the posts on your blog used/s the same name as shown on your Google Plus profile.
- Done! Yes, it is really that easy!
Setup for a One-Author, Blog-Only Website
This is also a very simple installation for anyone who can make an extremely basic edit to the code within a webpage. That said this implementation is recommended only for a website composed entirely of blog content (having an about page is okay but not product/service pages) because it involves adding rel=author site-wide. If this solution does not apply to you please go to our Table of Contents to find the setup solution that does.
- Complete the process found in “What you Must Do Before Installing Rel=Author”
- Copy and paste the code shown below into your text editor and then substitute “put your Google Plus Profile URL here” with, well, your Google Plus Profile URL.
<link rel="author" href="put your Google Plus Profile URL here" />
- Now either you or your webmaster need to copy and paste this code into all of the pages in your blog site within the
<head></head>of the source code. If you don’t understand that last sentence then it is okay, just pass it along to a person with the necessary skills to make the change.
- Once the code is in place you need to verify everything is working by testing one of your blog post URLs in Google’s Structured Data Testing Tool.
- Assuming everything went well with the test you are now done!
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