Enabling Google authorship

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  • #1160911

    aegis123
    Member

    Looking for a way to enable google authorship for post on my blog.
    I would really like this feature, but I would have to add some metatags to the HTML. cant this be added to either tools or user settings?

    The blog I need help with is bettyskitchen.nl.

    #1161011

    kardotim
    Member

    You can verify your website at Google with the Webmaster Tools. You can follow the steps in this guide on how to enable that: http://en.support.wordpress.com/webmaster-tools

    #1161013

    aegis123
    Member

    its not webmaster tools, I already did that. I want to connect blog with this. see link. Google Plus Authorship

    #1161071

    kardotim
    Member

    I see. I’m sorry, that’s not possible on WordPress.com. There are no restrictions if you setup a self-hosted WordPress.org blog instead of a WordPress.com blog, but there are some added responsibilities. We have hosting recommendations at the following link if you are interested.

    #1161151

    mikehccc
    Member

    Actually it is – for a single user blog at least.

    Just add a text widget to your blog with a link to your G+ profile with rel=author and you’re golden.

    Doesn’t help with multi-author blogs though…

    #1161153

    sjkhayes
    Member

    HI mIkehcc,

    How exactly do you do that.

    S

    #1161154

    clairenuni
    Member

    Hi Mikehccc
    Can you please explain a bit more?

    #1161155

    mikehccc
    Member

    Apologies sjkhayes I must have missed the notification. Hi Claireuni.

    Basically you need a theme that supports the inclusion of a text widget (go appearances — widgets and look for a Text Box option).

    Then you need to put a link to your G+ profile with the rel=author after it. To get an example with a logo you want to do something like this:



    Obviously that looks worse than it is, you only have to change the name to your name and the G+ Profile number to your own.

    This will create a link to your G+ profile with the rel=author attribute on every page of your blog. Test is with Google’s Rich Snippets Testing Tool and the rest should write itself.

    Hope it helps.

    #1161156

    mikehccc
    Member

    (if you copy and paste the above code, don’t include the < br tag at the start or end, start and finish with the <a bit).

    #1161157

    clairenuni
    Member

    Thanks Mikehccc,
    It’s my 1st blog and i have to admit that even if it seems easy, it’s more complicated than i thought.
    I found the “pachyderm” them suitable for my needs and customized it a bit. i didn’t find the text box there, does it mean that i wouldn’t be able to add the rel author there? or the social buttons?
    thanks for your help

    #1161158

    mikehccc
    Member

    I’m not sure about your theme to be honest, without a text box in the sidebar or footer you might have to try something different.

    Have a look as this very informative article:

    http://graphiclineweb.wordpress.com/2011/12/27/relauthor/

    And maybe try signing off each post with your G+ authorship.

    #1161159

    raincoaster
    Member

    You could presumably do a static page with this as content.

    #1161160

    mikehccc
    Member

    Yes but it would only assign authorship to that page, so would be of no practical use.

    #1161161

    raincoaster
    Member

    Hmm, it seems time to give Google some meaningful feedback then.

    #1161162

    mikehccc
    Member

    That’s where I have to respectfully disagree – I think it’s WordPress that need to adapt.

    Authorship is an increasingly important part of search, and search is as important as ever. You can’t blame Google for not doing all the work for you – they have their own blogging platform after all, where I imagine such things are easier to arrange.

    I’ve been waiting patiently for a year for WordPress to catch up to this, (as the workaround above doesn’t work for multi-user blogs) and I hope they will.

    Authorship is an important enough thing to allow those of us with only a basic knowledge of the web to get access to, from within the wonderful framework that is wordpress.com.

    Hopefully they’ll agree with me eventually!

    #1161163

    timethief
    Member

    @mikehccc
    I agree with you. It’s time for WordPress.com to provide a means for us to do this. The Author link is being considered in seach engine page ranking and in positioning of our posts in the SERPs (search engine page results).

    #1161164

    timethief
    Member

    See here for workarounds I dug up and note I don’t guarantee they will work http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2013/01/12/authorship-markup-for-wordpress-com-graphiclineweb/

    #1161165

    You can also add a “a target=”_blank”” so that the visitor stays in the blog. Thanks for the tip.

    #1161166

    timethief
    Member

    @sonhosdigitais
    That’s completely off-topic. We all have back buttons so seizing control over the browers of others who could be on slow connections is not only invasive, it can cause crashes.

    #1161167

    jackf47
    Member

    @mikehccc You just talked me off the bridge! I’ve been frustrated with this for months+ and now I think G Authorship may be working. What a nightmare! WordPress REALLY needs to make this more user friendly. I’ve lost grey hair over this!! ;)

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