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How to Add Google Authorship in Blogs and Websites

Updated on January 4, 2014
How to Claim Your Google Authorship Mark-up
How to Claim Your Google Authorship Mark-up | Source

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Added a section for integrating google authorship with the new profile layout of Hubpages. - 8/10/12

With Google Authorship, you increase your chances of getting found online!
With Google Authorship, you increase your chances of getting found online!

Google Authorship and Google Author Profiles

What is Google Authorship?

This fairly new feature of Google enables you to associate your online content with your Google Plus profile. Through this feature, you get to verify and claim authorship of your hubs, blogs and web content. And to top all these, it enables you to have a photo of you in search engine results which increases your online visibility.


Google Authorship and Search Traffic

By having a photo appear in the search engine, your articles will have a higher chance of getting noticed. And thus, Google Authorship has the tendency to bring in more traffic to your hubs. With this, even if your articles don't take the first 2 or 3 spots of the search results, you will still have a good fighting chance of being visited. In my case, upon implementing. And if you are under the Google Adsense program, you will be able to monetize those increases in traffic.

(Note: With Google Authorship, I've noticed a good increase in my Google search engine traffic.)


With Google Authorship, your likelihood of getting found online increases!
With Google Authorship, your likelihood of getting found online increases! | Source
See how awesome it looks when you can have your photo beside the link to your hubs?
See how awesome it looks when you can have your photo beside the link to your hubs?

Why should you activate your Google Authorship?

The Google Authorship Advantage

With Google Authorship, you will also going to enjoy the following benefits aside from a possible increase in traffic:

  • Enables you to distinguish your content in search engine results
  • Increases your followers in Google+ since readers will have easier access to your profile
  • Helps your readers discover your other content on the web (in some instances, there will also a link appearing beside your photo saying "More from the Author")
  • Engages your readers by connecting them with your Google+

Now, let's get to the core of this article and explore how you can claim your Google Authorship.


Be recognized as writer! Have your Google Authorship claimed!
Be recognized as writer! Have your Google Authorship claimed! | Source

Have you already set up your Google Authorship?

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Linking Google Profile

<a href="[profile_url]?rel=author">Google</a>

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

  <a href="https://plus.google.com/109412257237874861202?
   rel=author">Google</a>

Special Case: Linking Profile Without HTML

If you can't edit the HTML of your page, you won't be able to add up the rel=author tag (without this you won't be able to verify your authorship). Here's the remedy, insert a hyperlink on your name (the name similar to your Google+ Profile) using this link:

[profile url]?rel=author


For Hubpages, check out the photo below.

Click photo to enlarge.
Click photo to enlarge.

Getting Your Google Author Profile

Here's the step by step guide in order to have your Google Authorship implemented:

  1. Have a Google Plus Account.It is only through a Google+ account that you will have an authorship claimed. So, if you already have one, you can now proceed to the next step. But if you still have no account, create an account now.

    Don't forget to include a good, recognizable headshot as your profile photo. This is a vital requirement to have your authorship claimed. So if you have other picture not representing you, change it with your own photo.
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  2. Write a good description of you on your profile. This is also very important. Google wants you to have a good description of you as an author and perhaps some interesting facts about you.
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  3. Register your account. Go to plus.google.com/authorship, sign up with your email (preferably your Gmail Account) and click on the verification link Google will send you.
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  4. Link your Google+ Profile from your webpage. After setting up the prerequisites, you now have to link your profile from your webpage (e.g. Hubpages or Blogger). Check out the format on your right. All you need to do is copy the code anywhere in your webpage and replace the [profile_url] portion.

    There is some cases where you can't edit the HTML of your page (like Hubpages). But there's a remedy to this. You may check it on your right (after the "Linking Google Profile"). All you need to do is to insert a hyperlink on your name using the said format.
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  5. Link Back from Google+ Profile. Add a reciprocal link back from your profile to the sites or pages you just updated.
    • Go to the Contributor To section of your profile.
    • In the dialog that appears, click Add custom link, and then enter the website URL (use the url of your main page).
    • Click Save.
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  6. Verify Google Authorship. Go to the Rich Snippets Testing Tool.Type in your page or website and click on Preview. Check out the photo below.

Google Authorship for New Profile Layout in Hubpages

This is how the new Hubpages profile layout looks like
This is how the new Hubpages profile layout looks like

Easy procedures to link Hubpages to Google Profile

Even if there had been changes with the layout, it is still easy to have your Google Authorship claimed/re-claimed (i.e. linking your Hubpages account to your Google Profile). Here are the easy steps:

  1. On your new profile page, click on Edit Profile. You will be brought to a page where you can edit your personal detaiils, featured hub and social network accounts.
  2. Scroll down until you reach the Links category. You will see there Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and etc.
  3. Fill in the input space with a link to your Google Profile with some additions to the url. For this step, you may refer Special Case: Linking Profile Without HTML above.
  4. Click on Save Changes.
  5. Verify if you got it right by going to the rich snippets testing tool. (Kindly see the Step 6 of the above procedures).
  6. You're all good!

Ending Notes

I hope you find all these steps easy to follow. Take note that you need to wait for about a month or so before it takes effect. It's not an instant process, so don't get frustrated if you won't see your photo in search engine results. It takes some patience too in order to get your authorship claimed.

Good luck! Don't forget to leave a comment in case you have some inquiries or in case you just want to share your success in having your Google Authorship.

Questions and Concerns

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      Nathan Bernardo 3 years ago from California, United States of America

      Thanks for the info. I've claimed Google authorship here at HP and for my websites but I forgot how to do it. I just started a new site and was trying to remember how to claim authorship again, so I searched HP because I know there are some good articles on the subject here. I found your article and I know you always give good and useful info, so I came here to find out what I needed to know. Thanks again.

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 3 years ago from Manila

      @eugbug Thank you for the comment! Yup, you add it up on the Google Plus link on your profile. No need to add it on each hub.

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      Eugene Brennan 3 years ago from Ireland

      Hi Renz! This is fairly straightforward but I'm a bit confused about adding the ?rel=author part. Do I add it to the Google+ link when I edit my profile or must I add a hyperlink to each hub?

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 3 years ago from Manila

      @maan Yes you may. In fact, that's the way to do it. :)

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      mann 3 years ago

      Hey, thnx for sharing. I have point to ask

      1) Can I add the entire blog (http://blog.example.in/) into custom field, instead of pasting each & every post.

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 3 years ago from Manila

      You're welcome! Thanks as well DonnaWallace for dropping by!

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      Donna Wallace 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Nice hub. Thank you for sharing.

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 4 years ago from Manila

      You are welcome jemuelO! I hope it will also help out in getting noticed in SERP! :)

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      Jemuel 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thank you so much for this post, really helpful! I'm quite excited to see my photo on search results page in the coming months. Voted useful.

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 4 years ago from Manila

      No problem! Usually, it does not directly increase traffic, but it helps you establish a presence in the web. :)

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      Kymberly Fergusson 4 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

      Thanks for the easy-to-follow directions. I have claimed authorship, and on some results, my headshot is displayed, on others, it isn't. Although I haven't seen an increase in traffic yet!

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 4 years ago from Manila

      You're welcome Yui Lockhart! :)

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      yui lockhart 4 years ago from Philippines

      Good thing I saw your article. Will definitely do this! thank you!

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 4 years ago from Manila

      You're welcome Dreamhowl! I'm glad we can find some good use of our Google Plus account. Who would have thought that it can be used in claiming our authorship? :)

      Thanks again!

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      Jessica Marello 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks for sharing how to do this! I had deleted my Google Plus a little while ago because I never used it. Now I just set it up again - I hope it works! Voted up and shared.

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 4 years ago from Manila

      @MawikaChann Thank you very much for the share and vote up! And I'm glad you found this very useful. :)

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 4 years ago from Manila

      @Emmanuel Kariuki LOL! That will be cool, thank you very much for appreciating this hub! And hopefully, you do get your free time. :)

      @Natashalh Yup, I also have this on my blog, and somehow they are helping in getting my posts/articles noticed.

      @cashmere You're very much welcome! :)

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      Alicia Foley 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Fantastic information. This seems like a very straightforward process and one that I am going to begin. Voted up-Useful

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      KawikaChann 4 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      Awesome info! Very important to me, thanks! Upvoted/awesome and following. Peace. Kawi.

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      cashmere 4 years ago from India

      Bookmarking this hub right now and doing the deed tomorrow when I have some time. A big THANK YOU!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you for the instructions on how to include a G authorship tag on HP! I use it on my blogs, but it could certainly be useful here, too.

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      Emmanuel Kariuki 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      For this great hub, you need a special accolade - just for you! Bookmarked for a re-read in freer times (hope I can say freer and get away with it) - Shared !

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 4 years ago from Manila

      Thanks Cyndi10! I'm glad you found this hub useful!

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      What a fantastic article of information! I wondered how those pictures appeared in the Google searches and what could be done to have that happen. Thank you for sharing this with us. I'm sharing this, as well.

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 4 years ago from Manila

      @dghbrh Thank you for the comment!

      @livingsta Yup, Hubpages and Google Authorship go well together. :)

      @Bryan W Cole I honestly don't know about that because I only have a basic understanding of what SEO is. So, I apologize for that. :)

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Nice hub. Thank you. Votes +++++ and shares

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, this is amazing information here. I do have a google + account. I need to claim authorship. Thank you for sharing this. I will be following this hub for this process.

      Votes up and sharing!

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      Bryan Cole 4 years ago from California

      What about hiding the extra info it adds to the meta description, like how many google circles you are in? Not that I would want too, just wondering.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      You make this look very simple and I'm looking forward to coming back to it. Thanks!

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 4 years ago from Manila

      @Bryan W Cole I don't think it has a direct effect on the SEO. But this will surely help in getting the page noticed in SRPs. :)

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      Bryan Cole 4 years ago from California

      Thanks for the tutorial. I always wondered how that worked. I'll be sure to get this set up. Does it improve any SEO?

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 5 years ago from Manila

      Thank you for appreciating this hub, Radcliff! Google authorship is pretty awesome, and not everyone is aware of this feature. Even I just found it unintentionally, and got excited right away after knowing. So, I wanted to share that excitement to my fellow hubbers here. :)

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      Liz Davis 5 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Thank you, thank you, thank you! I didn't know about Google Authorship. I'm getting a lot of tweaking done now. You did a great job laying this all out for those of us who have trouble with technical things.

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 5 years ago from Manila

      @CloudExplorer Thank you so much for the comment, it really boosted my day up. Actually, I came across Google Authorship unexpectedly, and glad that I did find it.

      Since, I really found it helpful especially in increasing online visibility, I decided to hub about it. :)

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 5 years ago from Manila

      @L.L. Woodard Thanks! In my case, there is a slight rise in my monthly views because of Google Authorship. Who knows, maybe the effect in others and in you, would be dynamic. :)

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Signing up for Google Authorship is on my to-do list now. I appreciate the information you've provided here and the heads-up on Google Authorship.

      Great hub; voted up and Shared.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Awesome helpful and useful tips here about the Google Authorship option there on G+.

      I heard about it 2 days ago or so, and yes indeed I will be using your hub here to make my Authorship claim there on G+, thanks for providing such a informative tutorial guide for us all to figure out how to do it.

      Cool stuff Yougotme, Thumbs up and getting shared!

      I love technical hubs, and yours surely was awesome indeed.

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 5 years ago from Manila

      Thanks rcrumple! Yup, it's an important part of the processing of claiming your Google Authorship. :)

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Great info! Need A headshot first. Many Thanks!

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 5 years ago from Manila

      Thanks Mmina! Yup, it would not hurt to try claiming your Google Authorship Markup. It may even help boosting your stats/traffic even more. :)

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      Mmina Maclang 5 years ago

      Good one, Renz. :) Just signed up for mine. My site stats mainly came from search engine results even before anyway, so I thought, why not right?

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 5 years ago from Manila

      Thanks topaz blue! Have you verified your Google Authorship already?

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      topaz blue 5 years ago

      Excellent hub! Thanks for sharing!

      Topaz Blue