Authorship and Google profile picture in search result, Easy way of implementation

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In one of my last post I discussed about the Google Authorship page. During this time I have been trying to carry out the solution for implementation of authorship page for single author blog as well as multiple author blog. There is a simple way to implement Google authorship for both single author and multiple author blog. But please keep in mind that just by implementing the authorship on your blog or website does not guarantee that Google will display the author information in the search results. Presently Google has given this feature to some of the popular and good authors, keeping in mind that very soon Google may give this opportunity to all the authors you should implement authorship markup on your blog or website.


Before going into the details let’s just remind an overview of the Google Authorship.


What is Google Authorship? 

Google-authorshipTo find out the author of a blog or article Google checks for a connection between the webpage and a Google profile. This is called as the Google Authorship. Whenever the webpage comes in the search result Google shows the author’s Google profile picture to the right of the result with a link to the Google profile. This verifies the author of the article or webpage.


How to implement Google Authorship for a single author blog?

Implementation of Google authorship for a single author blog is very easy, it is just a matter of adding an html markup. So lets see how you can do that.


STEP1: First of all create a Google profile if you have not created it. To create a Google profile click.


STEP2: After creation of your Google profile upload a good profile photo. Make sure that your profile is visible to public, you can do so in the profile settings.Also make sure your +1′s tab is public. Go to your ‘+1′s‘ tab, click on ‘Edit Profile’, check the ‘Show this tab on my profile’ check box and save your profile.


STEP3: Now you need to link your profile with your webpage or content. It is advisable to link your profile on a common page so that it will be available through out your website or blog. You can either set the profile in the footer or in any side bar widget. Your profile link should be as below:

    <a href=”[profile_url]?rel=author”>Google+</a>

Make sure to replace [profile_url] with your Google Profile URL it should be like Replace the yellow marked id with your own profile id, you can find the profile id from the URL. Also make sure that what ever you are writing between that <a> and </a> tag should start or end with a + sign. 


STEP4: Now you need to login to your Google profile account and add a link back to your website or blog home page URL. To do so login to your Google profile and click on “Edit profile”, then click on Link box on the right of the page and add your website link, make sure that you select the “Any one on the web” from the drop down, save it.


            Google Link


STEP5: Now it is time to test your authorship using the Rich Snippets Testing Tool, enter any of your blog article URL, if everything goes fine you can see the authorship and your profile photo for the article.


            Webmaster Tools - Rich Snippets Testing Tool


Now you have completed the implementation of Google Authorship on your blob or website. As I have already said that even if you implement the authorship on your blog or website there is no guarantee that Google will show your profile in the search result. At present it is available to limited number of authors and bloggers but your can submit an authorship request form to Google and if Google considers your request they will enable it for you. You can submit the authorship request form here.


In my next post I will discuss how you can implement the Google Authorship for multi author wordpress blog. Stay tuned to get the updates.


+Ayodhyanath Guru holds a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering and has worked with various prestigious clients in the IT industry and presently working as a Software Engineer. He is a part time blogger and presently authors the Jafaloo.Com blog. Being a tech enthusiast Guru likes to surf the web and blogs about interesting technical topics like How-To guides, freewares, Tutorials, Software, Gadgets, web applications etc. Apart from blogging he likes coding in Java/J2EE and PHP.

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