Google has recently rolled out new feature called authorship, once you have claimed your authorship on the content or articles you have written, you might see a display picture on the right of the articles when ever they appear in search term for any search query as shown in the image below.
Please note this feature is being rolled out gradually and will be implemented algorithmically, so author information will not always display in search results. The process for identifying author information varies, depending on whether your site or blog contains information by a single author or by multiple authors. Today we will tell you how you can implement this on your blog for your articles and display your profile picture on the right of your articles shown in google search results.
The entire process of claiming your authorship this way involves linking from different pages of your website and your google+ profile under links. Please the follow the step by step procedure to implement for your website or where you write articles.
1. Firstly you need a google profile for yourself which needs to be created, and in order to create a google profile you will need a google account. You can create your google profile at http://profiles.google.com/ but as it looks like its directing to google+ now so you might need a create a google+ account, ask for a invite from your friend or still if you don’t get it please leave a comment at the end with the email id where you want the google+ invite to be sent, we will send it to you.
2. Once you are done with creating a google profile or google+ profile, now you need to create a about author page on the website where you want to claim authorship. Now there can be two different scenarios for most of the people mentioned below.
2.a You write an article for a website, and also have an author page on the same website
- The article should link to your author page on the same site using
rel="author", like this example:
<a rel="author" href="http://www.technixupdate.com/about-author/">Abhishek Bhatnagar</a>
- Your author page should link to your Google Profile using
rel="me", like this example:
<a rel="me" href="https://plus.google.com/105240469625818678725/"> <img src="//www.google.com/images/icons/ui/gprofile_button-16.png"> </a>
- Your Google Profile should link back to your author page on the website. When you add this link to your profile, be sure to check the This page is specifically about me checkbox. This creates a
rel="me"link to that author page.
In our case it was 2.a scenario so we linked to google+ profile from the author page, as shown in the image below.
Here is the code if you want to look at
After this we went to the author page and linked to the our google+ profile using rel=”me” attribute in hyperlink.
Here is the code if you want to look at
Now you need to go to plus.google.com and add link to your author page, under links section and also make sure that you select the check box which says this page is specially about me as shown in the image below.
That’s is done, now you should wait for some days for google crawlers recognize all this and after some time you will see your profile image taken from your google plus profile displayed of the articles when they appear in search results.
In other case, if you don’t have a about author page on the same website where you write your articles, you should follow the 2.b steps below.
2. b You write an article for a website, and you have no author page on that domain.
- The article should link to your Google Profile using
rel="author", like this:
Check out <a href="https://plus.google.com/101169865857654555922" rel="author">John's Google+ profile</a>.
- Your Google Profile should link to back to the website’s home page.
Check All Authorship The Hyperlinking
Once you done with all the linking you can use the google rich snippets tools to test all the linking, To check your markup and see what author data Google can extract from your page, use the rich snippets testing tool. The tool only looks at a single page, so for now, you’ll need to check author pages and content pages separately to see if they are linking to each other correctly.
Under the rich snippet tool you should copy the link to your articles which appear in search results, so please make sure test some old article which appear in search results for some time. It mat also happen that this google tool could not even fetch the page, in that case only thing you can do it to wait for some time and let everything to be done by google automatically.
Still if you face any issues in regard to this authorship, you can fill this form to let google know about any implementation issues, but please understand as they might not be able to individually reply to everyone who fills out this form we may be in touch with questions about your data, but this may help in your case so you can atleast try.