[Wordpress.com Tip] How to add author information for your content being searched via Google

Authroship Markup Wordpress.com
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Recently, Google announced something called authorship markup. Basically what it does is that it shows the author information (Only Google Profile) along with search results. I found it interesting. Here’s why:
Authorship Markup WordPress.com Now Notice that the first result is “Normal”.

Now Notice second result. It has:
1) Author’s photo (Via Google Profile)
2) Author’s Name
3) Link to G+ profile
4) Number of Circles the author belongs to

And so I thought I would do that for my WordPress.com Blog (Not a self hosted WordPress blog but a wordpress.com blog). But challenge for me was that I didn’t get all information at one place. I had to watch three-four videos and read three-four blog posts before I was able to “figure it out”. So I thought I would share how I did it. So here we go:

Now the basic concept is that:
– Your Content should link to your Google+ Profile
– Your Google+ Profile should link back to your content

Authroship Markup WordPress.comHow to go about doing that in WordPress.com?

So I have an “About me” page on my blog. Now if you do not have a about me page – please create one. (Now there are others ways but i found this approach to be best)
Now Go to WordPress Admin Page > Appearance > Menu > Screen Options (Top Right corner) > Check the “Link Relationship” in advanced settingsAuthorship Markup WordPress.comNow you need to add the word author in the Link Relatonship Text Page, Like shown below:
Authorship Markup WordPress.comSave Menu”

Now Go to your About Me page and Go to Edit
Here you will need to add a hyperlink like this:

<a title=”Paras Doshi” href=”http://plus.google.com/105010538932095629627&#8243; rel=”me”>+Paras Doshi</a>

Now, Here the href has the link to Your Google Profile
And Edit the “Title” And the Hyper-Link’s Text to your Name. Keep ‘+’ in Hyper-linked Text.

Now Next step,
Go to your Google profile > About > Edit Profile
So note that i have added the Link:

http://parasdoshi.com/about-me/

In my Google Profile. You should add the Full URL of your “about me” page in the contributor to section of the Google Profile.

DONE!
So Summarizing:
1) Add About me Page (If you do not have one)
2) Edit the About me Page’s Link Relationship To Author (From Menu)
3) Add the rel=me hyperlink in your about me page that points to your Google Profile
4) Edit the Google Profile’s contributor to section with the Link to your “About Me” Page.

Does it work? Verify it via Google’s Rich Snippet Tool:
Here, Enter your Blog URL and click on Preview. Here’s Mine:
Note the Message:

Authorship Markup is verified for this page

You should get such a message too!

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4 thoughts on “[Wordpress.com Tip] How to add author information for your content being searched via Google

  1. To all Blogspot users – it is just a simple click. Blogspot Profile has been replaced by Google Profile. @Paras – Google is trying to create a single identity of a person on website. After launching Google Wallet and Android, Google is THE ULTIMATE identity of a person in the world.

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    • Interesting that’s easy for google blogger users! I did notice author’s profile in blogger – but interesting observation: google striving to create ultimate ID for a person on web.

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