How To Claim Your Google Authorship

Google Authorship


Google Authorship allows you to  claim ownership as the original creator of your published online content. Why is this important?

Well, from a search engine optimization (SEO) it establishes you as a credible authoritative and trusted author of content in Google’s eyes.  Google might give your content more weight and therefore a higher ranking in the search engine page results (SERP’s).

Since your content is trusted, Google may even put your image right in the search results, making them stand out and thereby improving them.

Here are the steps for claiming your Google Authorship.

1. Create & Edit Your Google Profile:   Edit your profile by first adding a good quality head shot image of yourself. Next add at least 5 other pictures associated with your profile of yourself. Finally, edit and add a decent amount of biographical information about yourself.

2. Link Your Website To Your Profile. Add a link to your Google Profile on every page of your website by adding an HTML attribute called “Rel = Author.” The link should look like this:

<a href=””>Your Name</a>

3. Link Your Google Profile To Your Website: Now you want to link back from your profile page to your website. On your Google Profile page look for a section called “links”. Add the “+” symbol before your name.

How To Test Your Google Authorship

Once you have completed all of the steps you can check it in Google by going to the Google Rich Snippets Tool, and submitting your URL. If you are using Google Chrome, check your submission by opening a “new incognito window” by clicking on the wrench tool, top right. Google will tell you whether it was done correctly. If there are errors, Google will show you what error was made and how to fix it.

For more information click here.

Google Authorship can also be achieved by following these steps:

  • Create a link to your Google+ profile from your webpage, like this:
      <a href="[profile_url]?rel=author">Google</a>

    Replace [profile_url] with the your Google+ profile URL, like this:

      <a href="

    Your link must contain the ?rel=author parameter. If it’s missing, Google won’t be able to associate your content with your Google+ profile.

  • Add a reciprocal link back from your profile to the site(s) you just updated.
    1. Edit the Contributor To section.
    2. In the dialog that appears, click Add custom link, and then enter the website URL.
    3. If you want, click the drop-down list to specify who can see the link.
    4. Click Save.
  • To see what author data Google can extract from your page, use the rich snippets testing tool.


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