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:
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
How 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 settingsNow you need to add the word author in the Link Relatonship Text Page, Like shown below:
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″ 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:
In my Google Profile. You should add the Full URL of your “about me” page in the contributor to section of the Google Profile.
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!