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Become a Google Verified Author

By: , On Monday, March 5th, 2012

Becoming a Google verified author is a great way to promote your personal brand,  promote your business, attain increased credibility, and gain social connections and followers.  Upon becoming a Google verified author your Google+ profile photo will appear next your content in Google’s search listings along with a link to your Google+ profile. Currently if a user is signed out of Google they will also see a link to more articles by you, helping readers to find more of your content.  It’s surprising to me that more bloggers and website owners have not started to take advantage of these features by becoming verified authors, so I will list different ways to verify your content, starting with what worked for me.  Given the info already provided so far it should go without saying that a Google+ profile is required for all methods listed below.

Relative Links

This first method should be simple enough for anyone with some basic knowledge of HTML, and requires an author page as found in most WordPress themes. Author pages usually have URLs similar to http://yoursite.com/author/author-name/.

  1. Place a link with rel=”author” on your post pages to your author page like so:
    <a href=”http://yoursite.com/author/author-name/”  rel=”author”>Author Name</a>
    Again this is usually already  the case with the byline in most WordPress themes
  2. Place a link  with rel=”me” on your author page to your Google+ profile like so:
    <a href=”https://plus.google.com/yourgoogleaccountnumber”  rel=”me”>Google +</a>
    The easiest way to do this with most WordPress themes is to list your Google+ profile as your website  in your WordPress user profile .
  3. Last but not least go to your Google+ profile and add a link back to your author page  in the “Contributor to” section of your links, and that’s all folks.

You can use Google’s rich snippets testing tool to insure your markup is implemented correctly simply by entering a link to any of your posts in the testing tool.  If for some reason your prefer not to list your Google profile as your website, this article  shows how to add a Google Plus link to your WordPress author Page.
Instead of simply adding a link as listed in step two above, Google+ profile badges can also be used, which allow visitors to add you to their circles without leaving your site, this however requires adding Google Plus JavaScript api to the head of your document if you don’t already have it, also since the content section of author pages doesn’t allow HTML you’ll have to custom code your author page or add the WP HTML Author Bio plugin.

EMail

The second method which probably should be avoided by spam-a-phobes is to verify your content using your email address.

  1. Place your name within a mailto link on your post pages like so:
    <a href=”mailto:author@yoursite.com”>Author Name</a>
  2. Add the email you used in step one to your Google+ profile as a work email.
  3. Click the verify link next to the email you just added to your profile.
  4. Google will send you a link to clink in order to complete the validation process.

Your email will need to be public on your profile in order to for this method to work.

After implementing the first method and waiting the only results my authorship information seemed to be applied to was my author page and my Google+ profile, but shortly after publishing new content on my site authorship info seemed to be applied quickly to most if not all of my posts.

Are you a verified Google author? If so what method did you use? If you’re trying either of the methods above let me know how it works for you in the comments below.
*Note: Author verification may not work with free hosting sites such as wordpress.com.

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