Claiming Google Authorship Still Has Benefits

It was hoped that Claiming Authorship would enhance traffic to one's articles. But Google says they discontinued all authorship functionality August 28th, 2014 because the experiment failed.{1}

Google’s research has shown that Authorship Status didn't seem to change click-through rates anyway.

They also say that many people implemented the links between profiles incorrectly. Proper linking was the main component in proving authorship.

Few people ever tested their implementation to be sure they did it right. I understand that non-programmers will make mistakes with complex HTML programming. That's why it's so important to check one's work. I suppose Google got frustrated with that.

Google even tried to automate the process so eliminate human error. But then their automated algorithm ended up attributing the wrong headshot images to the wrong people. An example is the fiasco with Truman Capote being shown as the author of a New York Times article written long after his death.


Do Author Images still show in SERPS?

I discovered that the Author Images still are included in SERPs when someone does a search and an article appears by an author who that person has in a Google+ circle.

So is that a remaining benefit? Does it really matter? What are the chances that someone following you by placing you in a Google+ circle will happen to bring up one of your articles in a new search?

It can happen. And maybe more than likely, since preference may be given to those that Google knows the searcher has already selected to follow.

And even better, I read in Search Engine Land that the Author Image also still is displayed for Google+ posts when the person searching is logged into Google+.{2}

So the rest of this Hub is my original tutorial on claiming Google Authorship. I feel it can’t hurt to keep those links in place, or add them if you didn’t yet. For HubPages it takes just two minutes. Skip to the section on HubPages.


Updated Sections


August 19, 2014 - Updated section on Squidoo, being merged with HubPages.

July 1, 2014 - Updated section on Author photo in Google search since Google has removed this feature.


Sept 9, 2013 - Editor's Choice Hubs will lose Authorship unless you make a simple change. See added section.


March 16, 2013 - Updated section on "Add a Reciprocal Link" to reflect changes to Google's Profile layout and editing methods.

Sept 27, 2012 - Updated to reflect changes to the new HubPages Profile layout, which makes it much easier to claim your Google Authorship.

In order to build a reputation for your writing, let Google know that you are the author of your content. This could help enhance traffic to your articles and secure your ownership.

If you want to get down to the nitty-gritty to claim your authorship with Google, just scroll down to the section that applies to you, where I've covered easy implementation methods for HubPages and Wizzley. (I removed the section on Squidoo since they are gone).


Google has created a way for you to claim authorship with "Google Authorship Markup." If you want to know the technical coding behind all this, or if you need it to implement in your own website, then follow along from here, where I discuss the following:

  • Technical Details
  • How To Get Your Photo In Google Search Results
  • What Is Authorship Markup?
  • What Are The Benefits of Authorship Markup?
  • History of Initial Implementation by Google
  • How To Implement Google Authorship Markup In HTML
  • Three Common Mistakes People Make
  • Quick Authorship Setup for HubPages
  • How to Keep Authorship with Editor's Choice Hubs (added Sept 9, 2013)
  • Quick Authorship Setup for Wizzley


Technical Details


Google Authorship Markup is a connection of links between all your individual author profiles and your Google Profile.

Remember to skip down to the quick setup section of your choice if you don't need the technical details.


There are two types of Google profiles:

  1. A regular Google profile where you can specify certain information about yourself and a list of links to all the sites where you write articles, blogs, etc.
  2. A Google+ profile which is the same thing except that it’s part of the new Google+ Social Network, similar to Facebook. But becoming a member of Google's social network is not necessary for declaring your authorship. Just a plain Google Profile will do just fine.


If you use Google AdSense or Google Analytics or even just have a gmail account, then you already have a Google Profile. Just log into your Google account and click on the "Profile" link.

Link to and from Google:

Once you complete a Google Profile, you declare your authorship by creating a two-way link between your articles and your Google Profile. The two-way link proves that you are the author since no one else can create the links in both directions but you. So no one else can claim ownership to your work.

Before you have a nervous breakdown wondering how you can link hundreds of articles you've already written, let me put your mind at ease. There is a shortcut...

You most likely have a profile page on each site you write on, such as your HubPages profile. Well, you only need to link your profile page to your Google Profile and back again.

Figure 1: Illustration of Google Authorship Linking
Figure 1: Illustration of Google Authorship Linking | Source


You see? It’s your profiles that link to one another. All of your articles just need to link to your profile on that same site.

And guess what? HubPages has already done that part for you! And Squidoo and Wizzley have too!

See my illustration in Figure 1. See how it works? Your articles, blogs or whatever content you've created point to your author profile on that site. Then each author profile points to your Google Profile with a link pointing back to your site profile.

Examine Figure 1 before you go on. I clear understanding of this will help.



How do I get my photo to appear in Google Search Results?

Google search result for my Hub: "How To Claim Your Authorship With Google"
Google search result for my Hub: "How To Claim Your Authorship With Google"


As of July 2014 Google had removed authorship photos in standard search results. But they didn't do away with all of it. There are two cases when images will still appear in SERPs.

  1. When someone who's searching is logged into their Google+ account, they will see the author's image for Google+ posts.
  2. When someone searching finds any articles of authors who they are following (i.e. Have in circles), they will see the author's image.


What Is Authorship Markup?


Back around July 2011 Google announced that they began supporting the authorship markup tags that existed in the HTML standards. (HTML is the language that's used to create web pages). The tags for this are the rel="author" tag in HTML5 and the XFN rel=”me” tag. But they improved on it by creating a way to actually prove an author's identity by implementing a reciprocal link to and from one's Google Profile.

The rel="author" tag is used to point all content pages to one's author page if they have one. Then all author pages can point to each other with a rel="me" tag as I've indicated in Figure 1 above.

All this linking is done in HTML. But as time goes on many sites are doing this for you in the background, and making it easy to specify your Google Profile without getting involved with HTML programming. I'll explain the details of the HTML requirements for those who want to know. And then I'll explain how various sites are implementing easier solutions, or at least alternatives. But let's start with what this markup is all about. You can jump down to the specific section that applies to you if you want to skip the details.


Figure 2: List of links in Google Profile that point to author's other profiles and content
Figure 2: List of links in Google Profile that point to author's other profiles and content


As you can see, Google’s Authorship Markup is a series of links that lets you point your content to your author profile, your author profile to your Google Profile, and a reciprocal link from Google back again to your local profile to prove it's really your content.

A similar link in your Google Profile links back to the individual author pages. Google places that rel="me" tag in the HTML for you. All you need to do is add the URL's of all your other profiles to your Google Profile. They will then be listed on your profile page as in Figure 2.

If you happen to write content on a site where you don't have an author profile, you can point your content pages direct to your Google Profile.

You still need a two-way link to prove it's really you. In that case the reciprocal link simply points back to the home page of that site. Just add URL's of the home page of those sites under Contributor To as shown in Figure 2.

I'll show you how to do all that in a moment.



What Are The Benefits of Authorship Markup?


Authorship Markup has some powerful and important benefits. It gives people who are searching for information the ability to learn more about an author and find all their work on the Internet.

The main goal Google has is to identify and highlight high quality content. (Source: Sagar Kamdar, Product Manager at Google).

Many of us who write content online have been victims of having our work stolen and republished somewhere else. Authorship Markup also creates a form of protection from plagiarism, although this is the least important reason for establishing your Authorship. The main goal above is what Google had in mind.

Hopefully the steps Google is taking will help enhance an author's experience. If one writes quality content and some of their content is not getting the attention it deserves, the association of all content with the author should help. Your higher ranking content may actually help your other content that hasn't gotten the same attention from Google.



History of Google's Initial Implementation of Authorship Markup


Those of you who may have been the first to attempt to implement this will notice changes to the original code and to your Google Profile. If you had read old blogs on the subject that have not been updated, you may even get confused. This is the nature of being beta testers.

I was one of the first to implement the authorship markup on a few sites, so I saw what was going on. I'll tell you what happened. Unfortunately, when all this started, Google quickly discovered problems that needed to be considered.

People complained that they didn't have control over HTML programming on some sites. But they did have the ability to enter URL addresses. So Google added a new method that would work on sites that only provided a URL field but did not allow HTML. But they also kept the initial method so as not to break what people already had done. I followed along in forums and saw how people were getting confused between the two methods.

These two methods are so different that it confused some people even more. I'll get into all that and I'll try not to confuse you. I'll let you know what parts you need to understand and what parts are actually done for you.

As a computer programmer myself, I have been able to interpret Google's instructions and have successfully implemented Google's Authorship Markup on several websites. So I know how it works and now I'm going to show you.



How To Implement Google Authorship Markup In HTML


You can pass information in several ways with HTML. One way is to use the "rel" parameter with a tag.

Another way is to use URL parameters. This is useful if you don't have access to HTML coding as long as you can still enter a URL in a field so that the URL is placed in the HTML link for you. I'll get into that later.

If you have access to the HTML, create a link that points to your author profile page from all your content pages, as in this example...

<a href="http://your.author.page" rel="author">Your Name</a>

Then in your author page create a link that points to your Google Profile similar to the following example...

<a href="https://profiles.google.com/11111111" rel="me">Your Name</a>

...where 11111111 is your Google-ID.

The only other thing you need to do is add a link in your Google Profile that points back to your author page on that content site. I'll show you that later.



How To Use The Alternative Method Using URL Parameters


As I mentioned, Google introduced an alternative for those who write content on sites that don't allow including his or her own HTML code.

In most cases, they still provide a way to enter just a link with a URL. So Google took advantage of an HTML standard using the "?" to append a parameter to the URL. Such as…

https://profiles.google.com/11111111?rel=author

You can use that to point your Author Profile to your Google Profile. But note the discrepancy. Google says that the tag on the rel parameter should be "me" when pointing any profile to another profile. But with this alternative method they made it "author".

You need to also have an anchor with a plus sign at the start or end of that anchor, such as “Google+” or “+My Google Profile”.

So what they want is HTML that looks like this:

<a href="https://profiles.google.com/11111111?rel=author">Google+</a>

...where 11111111 is your Google-ID.

But since you're not entering HTML, you just need to be able to enter the URL and the anchor. If your site does not have a way to enter these two items, then you're still stuck. On HubPages the anchor is the text that you highlight when you make it a hyperlink.


Three Common Mistakes People Make


[1]
As I check to see how my readers are doing, I have noticed that some are not using the correct URL for their Google Profile.They copy and paste the entire URL from their browser when they are on their Google Profile page. This may end up giving you something like this:

https://profiles.google.com/11111111/about?hl=en?rel=author

... and that is just WRONG.

Your Google ID should be the end of the URL. Drop anything after that. Drop the "/about?hl=en"

Add "?rel=author" immediately after your Google ID. So you should end up with...

https://profiles.google.com/11111111?rel=author


[2] Another mistake I see a lot, is confusing rel=me with rel=author with the alternative method. Remember that attaching rel=me to the URL is incorrect and will cause your authorship markup to fail. Using rel="me" can only be added as a separate parameter and only if you can enter HTML code. So if you use the alternative method, you need to specify rel=author attached to the URL.


[3] A third mistake I find is that some people do everything right with the alternative method, except they leave out the + sign on the anchor. Remember to place a + sign either at the beginning or ending of your anchor.



Quick Authorship Setup For HubPages


In September 2012 HubPages implemented a new profile layout that includes fields to place links to your other profiles such as Google Plus and Twitter. This makes the task really easy to claim your Google Authorship.

All you need to do is place a link to your Google+ Profile in the designated field in your HP profile. Don't include any extra characters. Drop anything after your Google ID. The URL should end with that.

HubPages automatically enters the rel=me authorship markup tag. They also automatically link all your Hubs to your HubPages Profile with the rel=”author” markup tag. So you don't need to bother with that either.

The only other thing you need to do is add a reciprocal link pointing back to your HubPages profile page from your Google Profile. I'll show how to do that in the section about reciprocal links below.

If you don't write content on any of the following sites, then just skip to the section "Add A Reciprocal Link" below.



Quick Authorship Setup for Wizzley


Wizzley has implemented the code to do all the links correctly. So all you need to do is add a link to your Google Profile in your Wizzley settings and a link back from Google.

Look for the field for Google+ in your Wizzley settings and put your Google Profile URL in there as...

https://profiles.google.com/11111111

...where 11111111 is your Google profile ID.

If you have a Google+ account, then your URL is "plus.google.com" instead of "profiles.google.com" as illustrated above.

You also need to add the reciprocal link in your Google Profile back to your Wizzley Profile.

Wizzley automatically puts the rel="author" in the links from all your pages to your profile. And when you add a link in your settings to your Google profile, or any other profile on your other sites, they also automatically include the rel="me" tag so you don't need to get involved with HTML programming.


See "Add A Reciprocal Link" below for the next step.



Source

A Note for Squidoo Lenses Now on HubPages


The Squidoo merger of October 1, 2014 cannot include lenses in the same account as prior-created Hubs due to code differences. So if you have two HubPages accounts now, make sure you claim authorship for both.



Add a Reciprocal Link (IMPORTANT)


Okay, so you added links from all your content pages to your author profile. HubPages, Squidoo, Wizzley did this part for you.

And you included a link from your author profile page to your Google Profile.

Figure 3: Entering Author's Profile URL
Figure 3: Entering Author's Profile URL

So now you need to complete the loop by adding a reciprocal link back to your author profile on your site where you write content.

Go to your Google Profile and scroll down to the section entitled "Links" -- then click "Edit" at the bottom of that section.

While in edit mode you will be able to add or change any reciprocal links by clicking on the list. Any links to profiles should go in "Other Profiles" as shown in Figure 3. Include the URL and a name for the site.

Figure 4: Reciprocal Link in "Contributor to" Section.
Figure 4: Reciprocal Link in "Contributor to" Section.

There are two kinds of reciprocal links. Those that point to an author profile that you have on that site, and those that point to the home page when you don't have a profile page on that site.

If you contribute content to a site where you don't have your own author profile, then add a link to the home page of that site and place that link under the "Contributor to" section as shown in Figure 5.

All the content pages on a site without a profile should link directly to your Google Profile with the rel="author" tag. The rel="me" tag should only be used to point one profile to another of the same author. All of an author's content pages pointing to their profile page should always use rel="author".

The only exception, as previously mentioned, is when using the alternative method of appending the tag to the URL. In that case you use "?rel=author" and include a plus sign (+) before or after the anchor text.

NOTE- Do not include the same link under both sections. It should be listed under "Other Profiles" if it's your author profile. Or it should be listed under "Contributor to" if it's a site where you don't have an author profile.


Figure 5: Contributor Sites
Figure 5: Contributor Sites

When you're done adding all the links in your Google Profile, click the blue SAVE button at the bottom of your profile.


Now you're ready to test everything to be sure the links are correct. Google created a tool for that. But it wasn't created just for the Authorship Markup. It was designed to test all rich snippets of code that apply to Google coding.


Verify Your Authorship with the Structured Data Testing Tool


Don't skip this step. I see many people entered the wrong URL for the links. They would have discovered the mistake if they would have done this simple verification.

The Structured Data Testing Tool (previously called the Rich Snippets Testing Tool) will tell you what’s right or wrong with your entire linking process.


Test your profile by inserting its URL and clicking "Preview" as shown below in Figure 6 below...


Figure 6: Structured Data Testing Tool - Google and the Google logo are registered trademarks of Google Inc., used with permission.
Figure 6: Structured Data Testing Tool - Google and the Google logo are registered trademarks of Google Inc., used with permission.


Notice how mine above says "Authorship is working for this webpage."

You should also test one of your content pages (articles). In both cases you should see that your Authorship is working. If not, then check what you did wrong. Look closely at the URLs you used in both directions. A common mistake is to add more characters to the URL that makes it invalid, or not point to the correct place. If you are having a problem here, look back at the examples I gave you for the URLs.


You Did It!


You’re now on your way to being recognized by Google as the author of your work. This gives you protection from theft as well as providing authority on your subject by eventually displaying your image with the search results.


© 2011 Glenn Stok

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Jacobb9205 17 months ago from Gloucestershire

Ahh thank you for this hub Glenn!


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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

bawiggins - Thanks for letting me know my hub was helpful with getting Google to recognize your HubPages Authorship. Let me know how your traffic improves.


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bawiggins 2 years ago

Glen,

Thanks so much for providing these step-by-step instructions! I was able to finally get my Hubpages and Google+ profiles to link!


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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Beth Eaglescliffe - Congratulations on your successful Google authorship. Thanks for letting me know my instructions were clear. And thanks for the vote up.


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Beth Eaglescliffe 2 years ago from UK

Thanks Glen for your clear step-by-step instructions,. I have finally managed to establish my Google authorship using them (after struggling to follow Google's own instructions).

Voted up.


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

Thanks for your help, Glenn.


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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

vespawoolf - One more time - What you describe is exactly what was to be expected.

Switching to EC loses authorship unless you claimed authorship for the top domain as explained in this hub.

The drop in traffic may also be due to losing authorship. When you claimed authorship, your headshot began to appear in Google listings, as expected. Authorship displays your headshot, not your recipe image.

Google does not say anywhere anything about displaying your recipe image for authorship. If you can find that anywhere, let me know.

Being an EC hub should not affect anything other than authorship. I don't think it was necessary to opt out of EC. As long as you don't use authorship, your recipe photo should be shown instead of your headshot.

Switching around so much must be confusing Google. This will affect your traffic since the URL keeps changing from your subdomain to the top domain and then back again.

The selection for EC usually has a drop in traffic at first (probably due to the URL change) -- but then a steady climb to a better performance over time. That has been my experience as 1/3 of my hubs are EC and I'm glad with the results. Patience is always necessary. None of this works overnight.


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

Glenn, I followed your instructions for claiming authorship for my EC Hubs. That´s how this whole thing started. After that, my headshot began to appear next to the Hubs. When I wrote HP support regarding this issue, they said that they are feeding the correct information to Google and a food photo should be appearing instead of a headshot. That is why I chose to withdraw from EC in hopes that things will return as they were before this problem began. When my Hubs were made EC around August and taken to the main frame they began to show up on Google search without any photo at all. (since I hadn´t yet claimed authorship). That is when my views originally plummeted.

So am I misunderstanding something? Or is this problem beyond fixing?


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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

vespawoolf - You have too claim authorship separately for Editor's Choice hubs since they are removed from your subdomain. I have a section in my article about that. That's why no image was shown for EC hubs. Going backwards by removing your authorship status may also require a waiting period before recipe images are shown. And that may be at Google's discretion.


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

Glenn, before I claimed authorship my Hubs that were EC were on the main domain instead of my subdomain. My views had plummeted and absolutely no image was shown next to my recipes. Hub support had told me to claim authorship to solve that problem. But then my headshot was shown next to the recipes. So I'm back to square one. I was hoping that my recipe photos would once again be shown on Google search results but only time will tell.


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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

vespawoolf - You have a unique situation being that you prefer not to have authorship , which can actually protect you from plagiarism. But I understand that you would rather have the recipe photo showing in your SERP listings instead of your authorship headshot.

Changes can take a very long time for Google to respond to it. So you have to be patient. If you removed yourself from authorship status, it's only a matter of time now until your headshot is no longer used.

I don't know why you chose to remove the EC however. That would not have been effecting which photo is used in recipe articles.


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

Glenn, I wrote HP support and it turns out they're feeding the right information to Google. So I removed my Hubs from EC and I removed the HP URL from my Google + profile. It hasn't been 24 hours yet, but my Hubs continue to show on Google search with my profile photo. Did I do something wrong, or will it just take time? Do I need to completely close my Google + account? Thanks in advance for your help.


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

Glenn, thanks so much. I'll look into it right away.


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NateB11 2 years ago from California, United States of America

Thanks, Glenn. I thought that might be the case.


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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Nate - Wizzley has properly implemented the links. I just checked one of your Wizzley articles with the Structured Data Testing Tool. The code is definitely implemented correctly and your authorship is established. It just takes time for it to be reflected in the search listings. The patient.


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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

vespawoolf - I understand your concern and I happen to agree with you. But this is not an issue with HP, nor with Google. It is functioning exactly as Google explains. Once you have authorship established, your headshot will be placed in the SERP listings, not the image from your article.

Those other listings you see from other people show the recipe photo because they may not have authorship established. However, photos in listings can be controlled to some degree with use of schema markup code. HP uses appropriate recipe markup code when you specify the correct recipe capsules. But I'm not sure if they include the override for the image. You might want to send an email to HP support asking about this. It probably will require an additional capsule to be created.

In the meantime, if this is a concern to you, you might want to remove your authorship status so that your recipe images display instead of your headshot. Just remove the reciprocal link. But it will take time for Google to catch up with the change.


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NateB11 2 years ago from California, United States of America

Thanks, Glenn. Actually, what it is, is the Authorship Markup shows up for individual articles for Wizzley, but not the Wizzley author profile.


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

Glenn, I have another question. Now that my authorship has been established, my recipes are all showing my profile picture when they come up in Google search results. In the past, my recipes were shown with a photo of the dish and a rating. When I use the Google Structured Data Testing Tool preview, it shows the old view with the recipe photo and rating, and yet it's not showing up that way anymore. What is the problem?

Does it have something to do with the metadata? Does the issue lie with HP or is the problem with Google? All the other site's recipes show up in search results with photos of food. This is a serious issue because my views are still down. If I was looking for a recipe, I would definitely click on the link that shows a photo of food and not the link with a person's photo.


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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

NateB11 - I once published a few articles on Wizzley but have since then removed them. While there I found out that Wizzley implemented the code to do all the Authorship links correctly.

Unless they undid that effort, all you need to do is add a link in your Wizzley settings to your Google Profile and a reciprocal link from Google.

See the subheading "Quick Authorship Setup for Wizzley" in my hub for details.


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NateB11 2 years ago from California, United States of America

I was able to establish Google authorship for HP, Squidoo and my own sites, but not for Wizzley. But I'm new to Wizzley and have only written 5 articles there. Maybe that's it, I don't know. Is there something different about Wizzley? I've read in other places the markup doesn't work for Wizzley.


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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Careermommy - Glad to be of help. Thanks for your feedback.


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Careermommy 2 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Glen, this is a lot of good information for me. This will be useful for my upcoming blog. I've pinned it for a later in-depth read.


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Very useful and informative hub!

It's a complete guide, which I was looking for. Voted up and pinned, so that I can refer from time to time. I learnt so much today.

Many thanks for sharing!


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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

liesl5858 - Thanks for the vote and pinning.


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liesl5858 2 years ago from United Kingdom

This is great Glen, thank you for this article, very useful and interesting to know. Voted up and pinned.


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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Just Ask Susan - Thanks for sharing this on Facebook Susan. I hope it helps others get their Authorship established. And Happy Thanksgiving to you too.


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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

vespawoolf - I'm glad you found my instructions helpful for fixing Authorship for Editor's Choice. I know I see a lot of Hubbers who lost Authorship on EC hubs and they didn't realize it. That's why I added that updated section here.

I'm finding EC Hubs are beneficial as it combines all of us together with the best of the best. But I am surprised at the selection. I have 37 EC hubs at last count and some I never would have thought were worthy of it.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Glenn, I've had so many people ask me how to do this lately and I've just shared this on Facebook again as I found your instructions perfect. Hope that you had a Happy Thanksgiving.


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

Glenn, this Hub is just what I was looking for. I just found out (several months after the fact) that my EC Hubs are on the HP main domain instead of my subdomain. I followed the HP Tutorial on the subject but it wasn't quite detailed enough.

Enter your Hub! I really appreciate the section you added on keeping authorship with EC Hubs. That was my problem. After following your detailed instructions, I was finally able to confirm authorship.

All these months of not confirming authorship has really impacted my traffic in a negative way. Do you think the EC Hubs are beneficial or detrimental for me in the long run? There is a lot of controversy on this subject in the forums. I'd like to hear your opinion.

This isn't the first time your Hubs have come to my rescue! Thanks again!


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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Melinda - Glad to hear that you found my efforts helpful. Thanks for following. Pleased to have you as a valued reader.


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Melinda Longoria 2 years ago from Garland, Texas

Thank you for the help and reassurance. :-) You've gained another follower. I am grateful and can't wait to read more of your valuable hubs.


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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Melinda, I didn't mention Email verification because it is not required with HubPages. See my reply to NiaG for more on that.

You don't have publisher markup because you are not a publisher. You are an author. That notice is normal for authors and is not considered an error.

If you look closer at the test results, you will see that it says "Authorship is working for this webpage." That means you set it up correctly for the hubs in your subdomain.

If you have any hubs that are Editor's Choice, then make sure you also follow my instructions for that, otherwise EC hubs won't include your authorship in the SERP listings.

You did good. Congratulations on obtaining your Google Authorship status.


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Melinda Longoria 2 years ago from Garland, Texas

Mine also says Page does not contain publisher markup as well as Email verification has not established authorship for this webpage.

Email address on the hubpages.com domain has been verified on this profile: No

Public contributor-to link from Google+ profile to hubpages.com: Yes

Automatically detected author name on webpage: Melinda Longoria.

How do I verify my E-mail for hubpages or is that just if you have a email on hubpages.com domain? Also, why doesn't mine show a publisher markup? Everything else seems to be set up correctly.


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Melinda Longoria 2 years ago from Garland, Texas

These are the error messages that I am getting. Any help?:

Email address on the hubpages.com domain has been verified on this profile: No

Public contributor-to link from Google+ profile to hubpages.com: Yes

Automatically detected author name on webpage: Not Found.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Note: On Sept 9, 2013 I added a special section about Authorship Considerations for HubPages' Editor's Choice Hubs.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Dolores Monet - If you just need to do this for HubPages, scroll down to the section on claiming your authorship for HubPages. No need to read the other parts of the hub unless you write on other platforms too.


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Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

I am technically challenged to say the least and it will take some concentration and reading to get all this. I've bookmarked the page so that I can get back to it for a more thorough study!


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Peggy - Yes. Using a good head shot is one of the requirements that Google indicates in their instructions. I see you must have changed it, because the one you have is great.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

I guess the first thing I need to do is change my avatar to a real photo. I hope that will help because so much of this is Greek to me.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Marsha - Edit the comment capsule and change the setting.


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Marsha Musselman1 3 years ago from Michigan, USA

By the way, how do you get your more recent comments to show on top rather than the bottom?


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Marsha - You can verify your authorship with the Structured Data Testing Tool (used to be called the Rich Snippets Test Tool). I have the link to it as the last step in my hub. But I just checked and I see you do not have the link to your Google profile in your HP profile yet. Take it step by step and just concentrate on my instructions for HP. You'll do fine.


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Marsha Musselman1 3 years ago from Michigan, USA

Thanks Glenn for all this great information. I think I have a lot of this taken care of already, but I have to double-check the reciprocal links on Google. I didn't know where to go other than the profile page the other day when I first began to read this hub.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

NiaG - No problem. It's not easy, especially since Google kept changing the methods. But you did a good job.


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NiaG 3 years ago from Louisville, KY

Awww...thanks for checking on me. I appreciate it. I didn't get it at first but by some miracle figured it out. Your instructions were great, my brain sometimes just can't wrap itself around certain things.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

NiaG - Email verification does not work with HubPages because Hubbers to not have email addresses with the hubpages.com domain. That's why I didn't mention it for setting up your authorship for HubPages. Google created that method for people who don't have HTML capability, but who do have email on the domain. HubPages took care of the HTML coding for you. That's why it's so easy to set up authorship here.

The publisher markup has nothing to do with authorship markup. So you can ignore that, which is Google's markup for publishers, not authors. As long as it says "Authorship is working for this page" you are verified.

Based on your last note, you already completed claiming your authorship successfully. I just checked. You did fine. Congratulations.


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NiaG 3 years ago from Louisville, KY

I'm going to give this a shot. I did have a question. It tells me that "Email verification has not established authorship for this webpage." and "Page does not contain publisher markup." Do these things matter? I'm really not sure why my email doesn't verify. It's verified on both ends. I noticed though that you did not include it in your image and wondered if they were important as well.

Positive note: I did get my authorship to work. Thanks so much Glenn!


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

NateB11 - We sure have a lot going on in the forum on this subject, don't we? Best of luck now that you have your Authorship set up.


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NateB11 3 years ago from California, United States of America

Very helpful instructions. I thought I'd already claimed Google authorship, but the link to my Hubpages profile was in the wrong section of my Google Plus profile. Thanks to this Hub I fixed that problem.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Mary - You deserve all the credit. You followed the instructions and you did it.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I'm not sure how showing my old ugly mug will help me for SERPS, but I'll take your word! It's such a thrill for me to finally catch on to something that is so easy for others and SO hard for me! I could never have done it without you.

Thanks again for your time and help.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Mary - That's great news. Your image that is now appearing on the SERPS may help increase traffic as well.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

Just had to come back and let you know the results of my efforts on authorship with Google. I googled my Blue Orchid Hub. It is on page one, and my photo shows on the title, etc.

Thanks again! If this will deter someone from copying our work (as I read it might), that would be another plus in doing this. I have had my work copied several times.

Have a wonderful day.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Mary, good for you. By the way, the email verification method only works for sites where you have an email with that site's domain. This is why I didn't mention it in my hub for HubPages verification. Since you don't have an email address with the hubpages.com domain, that method would not have worked. I'm glad you finally found how to follow my instructions.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

Well, Glenn...thanks so much for taking the time to check my authorship for Google. After trying again for a while: I did it!

I first tried verifying by email and thought it was successful, but then I check using the "tool" and it said NO. I went back and reread your instrustions. Whew! I am SO happy.

Thanks again, Mary


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Mary, The Rich Snippets test says "Authorship is not working for this webpage." So I looked at your links and I see you did not put your reciprocal link back to HP in your contributor section of Google.

You do not need the link to HP's home page. Remove that one. But you should put a link to your own HP profile in the "other profile" section. It also works if you put it in the "contributor to" section. But not in the "links" section.

You put your link to you profile in the links section. But it is useless there. Remove it from that section and place it in the "contributor to" or "other profile" section. The "links" section is JUST for other links. Google does not use links in the links section to indicate a reciprocal link, which is why I never mentioned to put it there. So move it to the correct location and you should be good to go.

Run the Rich Snippets test again after you make this change to be sure it passes.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I just came back to reread this Hub, and try this authorship business again. I THINK I did it, but I'm not sure. When you have a minute, would you be so kind as to check me on this. My Google is showing up on my profile, but I'm not sure if I did it right on the Google profile.

Many thanks.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

A M Fredenburg - thanks for the feedback on how I use the side boxes to indicate updates. I'm glad to know it works with letting people know what's new. I checked your authorship and you have it set up right. I also see in your Google profile that you write for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. I do too. It used to be called Associated Content. You can claim your Google authorship with that too.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

B. Leekley - thanks for sharing this. I followed your link from you HP profile to Google. But I see you didn't add your link back to HP. Once you do that your authorship will be working. Let me know if you need any help.


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AMFredenburg 3 years ago from Southwestern New Hampshire

Great idea, BTW, adding updates in a text box on the side; thanks!


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B. Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers and bookmarked to study and do.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Bill - It comes and goes for me too. They seem to rotate it among my hubs. Having on only a few at a time. Not sure why.


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Bill Yovino 3 years ago

My profile photo is no longer appearing in search results although I still have verified authorship status. Did they just get tired of my mug?


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

molometer - Thanks Michael. It's also possible that Google will give extra attention to Authors who are active in Google+ because everything we discuss there adds to the information of our interests and areas of expertise. It helps Google focus the SERPS better to the people who are searching for what we write about. If it's not working yet, it will. And I agree with you about Google removing people who don't have actual face images. I see that tendency based on their push to tag people in group photos with actual names. They are definitely working on bringing this all together, as I see it.


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molometer 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire, England

Really useful advice Glenn,

This is going to be so important going forward.

Google is dumping all those anonymous avatars and leaving the door wide open for 'real people'.

Why wouldn't we want to claim authorship unless we had something to hide?

Excellent hub and very useful.

Needless to say that I signed up as soon as it was offered.


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madscientist12 3 years ago from Columbia, SC

@Glenn Stok thank you! I'll do the same!


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

madscientist12 - Well I see you included your Google+ profile link in HP and vice versa. I just checked with Google's Structured Data Testing Tool -- you have successfully established authorship. I see you just started. Welcome to HubPages. I'll add you to my HubPages circle.


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madscientist12 3 years ago from Columbia, SC

Thanks! I didn't even know that I could do this before reading this hub. I'd never even filled out my Google profile!


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Raman - I looked at your Google Profile. I guess you found it since you posted this. I see you have your reciprocal link back to HP in the links section already. Looking good.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Hi Glenn, I have a google profile but I cannot locate the section "Links" to add the reciprocal link. I can't pinpoint what exactly to do now?


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

TheKatsMeow - I'm glad my hub was helpful in setting up your Google Authorship. Thanks for the vote up.


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TheKatsMeow 3 years ago from Canada

This is great! I was looking for more information about google authorship and then I found this hub!. Thank you for the wonderful information, voted up and bookmarked it for later use!


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Skylanders - That's great! Glad you are putting it to good use with all the sites you are on.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Philanthropy2012 - Thank you for your kind comments. It wasn't all that easy when Google first implemented Authorship, as you can see from the early comments. But HP made it easier with the new profile layout that began several months ago -- this now includes the field to enter our Google profile link. And HP adds the "me" authorship tag on that link. That's why it's easy now. Any Hubber who is not claiming their authorship is really missing out. You'll be one of the few with an advantage.


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Skylanders 3 years ago from California

this hub is excellent. I have just used it to link my websites, hubpages, squidoo to and from google+

Thanks so much. Will try facebook, twitter and Pinterest tomorrow


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Philanthropy2012 3 years ago from London

Excellent, it just seems a little too easy to be true!

Thanks for taking the time to actually comment and help me out with this, you deserve all of the success that you're getting!


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Philanthropy2012 - You counted! LOL. Actually that's a very good question. Google Authorship will automatically apply to all your existing hubs and will also be applied to all your future hubs. HP already includes the proper link from each of your hubs (new and old) to your HP profile. So as long as you linked your HP profile with your Google profile in both directions, you are good to go.


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Philanthropy2012 3 years ago from London

So Glen, I'm sorry if this question has already been asked 143 times, but I am understanding that after you have linked your HubPages profile to your Google+ account and vis versa, Google will recognise all of the hubs that have been published on that HubPages Profile? You don't need to do anything to make Google recognise not only your HomePage but also every hub attached to it?

And does this account for hubs that are published after you claim authorship or does Google understand that the hubs that were already published are yours too?

Thanks a lot in advance,

Philanthropy,


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Bill - Isn't it just wonderful and things like that happen? Now that your face is in the Google listings, you should get an extra amount of traffic as a result as well. Thanks for stopping by, good seeing you around.


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Bill Yovino 3 years ago

Thanks f0r updating this, Glenn. My photo eventually did show up and I have a funny story. I was building a website and I wasn't sure where to put a certain piece of code. I Googled my question and had a good laugh when I saw my own face looking back at me as the first result returned. It was a Hub I had written on a related topic.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

WannaB Writer - I checked your Google Authorship and you are verified. You have it set up correctly for HubPages. But it's not verified for Wiizzley. I see you have the correct link to Google in your Wizzley profile. So the problem might be the "/?pr=116" you added to your Wizzley URL in your Google profile. I know you want the tracking, but it sometimes messes up for Google. HubPages handles the tracking correctly but Wizzley may not. So try removing "/?pr=116" from your URL and test again with the Rich Snippets test tool.


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

Excellent article, Glenn. I came across it in a search on how to prove authorship if I move my hubs somewhere else if they were published here first. I think someone mentioned it somewhere, and I'm trying to find it again. I'm going to file this hub away, though, for future reference so I can check my hubs, lenses, blog, and whatever we call our articles on Wizzley. I especially appreciate the instructions on how to get the right link to Google+. It's always confused me.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Bill, Google says in their webmaster blog that they may include your image in SERPS. They don't say they "will" use it. They also don't say what the decision is based on. It can happen anytime. So be patient. You do have the other advantages of Authorship even if the image is not in the search results.


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Bill Yovino 3 years ago

Hi Glenn,

I had Google Authorship status until I recently updated my Hubpages profile. I followed your instructions above and ran the Rich Snippets Testing Tool, which shows "Verified". It's been about a week and my photo still isn't showing up in Google results. Do you think it's just a matter of time?

Regards,

Bill


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AMFredenburg 3 years ago from Southwestern New Hampshire

Sounds like a valuable technique; I plan to dig into this soon and sort it out. Thanks for sharing your expertise!


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Patkay 3 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Thanks a lot Glenn Stock, I was about to accept defeat, this is after trying to read your hub many times and trying to implement this author thing to no avail. But atlast I have succeeded after reading your hub from up to down and down to up. I am now smiling year to year.

Thanks for the great work. I should not have rushed at first.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

ktrapp, Your image is showing now. I tested your profile and one of your Hubs. Both show it.


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ktrapp 3 years ago from Illinois

Thanks Glenn. Yes, I was referring to the image not showing in rich snippets. A couple weeks ago I used to see it all the time for my HP snippets, now I don't, though it still shows for another site I have. I've seen some forums discussions about this, but I was just curious to get your "take" on it. Thanks for your input.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

ktrapp, I just tested your authorship and you are verified with Rich Snippets. I did notice that some Hubbers either never added their Google URL to the new HP profile, or they enter the URL wrong. Those might be the ones who are complaining as you mentioned.

If you are referring to your image not showing in SERPs, that is at Google's discretion. You are right. I don't know what it's based on either. As long as Rich Snippets shows "verified" then you can count on it that Google recognizes your authorship even if they are not always showing your picture.


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ktrapp 3 years ago from Illinois

Any thoughts on why authorship isn't necessarily shown even though it is set up properly? I know it's up to Google's discretion when it is shown, but I noticed it doesn't seem to be showing up for a lot of Hubbers at all anymore in the rich snippet. I think it's a Google thing, not HP, as I've also read about website owners, bloggers, etc. complaining about their author info. suddenly disappearing from snippets from time-to-time.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

KBEvolve, I just tested your profile and one of your hubs in the Rich Snippets Test Tool and both are verified.


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KBEvolve 3 years ago from United States

I've been trying to get this to work, but Google is not recognizing any of the hubs linked to from my profile. It just recognizes the profile page itself.


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festersporling1 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Excellent. I was looking at how to do this with clients who I am doing local SEO for. With Google authorship, your picture shows up next to the article and everyone wants this.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

SmartAndFun, Google specifies on their page where they explain Authorship requirements. You have to use your real name. The name has to match. That is, you have to use the same name on HubPages as you do on your Google profile. And finally, your images has to be a real headshot.

Now HP is letting you specify your real name on the new profile format, even if you used a pen name as you had done. So you might still may be able to claim your authorship for your hubs, but your image won't show on Google search results unless you put a real photo of yourself on your Google profile. That's where they take it from.


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SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas

Sorry if this has already been asked....

Can I do this if my author names don't match up to my Google+ name? I have a screen name here, at some sites use my real name, there are pen names etc. Also, I know they won't like my HP puppy photo but maybe they would display my "real" photo from another site? This is going to be complicated and difficult (for me) to jump through all these hoops, so if Google will reject me because of all the different names and images I don't want to spend hours trying to get linked up correctly. Thanks for helping so many people with this hub!


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B. Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Thanks for your helpful reply to my question of a few days ago.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

B. Leekley, You are close, but search has nothing to do with authorship markup, which is meant to show Google that you are the author of all your articles. It also helps place your photo in the search results.

But to answer your question, you can do a search for a particular subject by any specific author on a specific web site as follows:

site:hubpages.com author-name subject-keywords

Example:

site:hubpages.com glenn stok philosophy


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B. Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers.

Looks very complicated, but I am going to make time sometime soon to try to apply your instructions.

Once the authorship links in both directions are in place and working, then can anyone easily and instantly find all of your online content with one search command? Is there a Google search term for this? Or to find a search term in only an author's content? A search on

cats site:hubpages.com

will find hubs that mention cats. Is there a search term like:

cats author:xxxxxx

that finds anything about cats by a given verified author?

Sorry if this is something that everyone knows but me.


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Sapper 3 years ago from Box Elder, SD

Thank you for writing this. I thought that I had done it already, but checked with the tool and it wasn't done correctly.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

M A Williams,

I just checked your Google Profile and I see you added the reciprocal links. You did it all correctly and you should see your image (the on on your Google profile) in search listings soon.

Thanks for following.


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