**Authorship Discontinued!*** How to Get Google Authorship Working on Your Site...At Last!

Last Update: September 05, 2014

***Update 8/29/14***

I have been doing some research, and I think that Google Authorship is officially retired... At the time of writing the original post, authorship links were still showing in search results, but it appears that now they aren't.

Here is a post on Google+ from John Mueller who was involved in the Authorship program that pretty much confirms all of the rumors. https://plus.google.com/+JohnMueller/posts/HZf3KDP1Dm8

Sure glad I went through all of the effort to write this tutorial!....bummer

Original Post

So, It seems that a number of people are having difficulty getting Google Authorship to work on their site, and it's causing a bit of frustration. Well, I'd like to help solve this problem once and for all!

In this post, I'm going to give you the "missing link" that will help you get Authorship working on your site...guaranteed.

First, if you haven't yet done so, watch the tutorial from Kyle here https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/building-your-own-traffic-producing-website/amplifying-your-google-love-with-authorship and complete all of the steps...I'll wait.

**Intermission**

Ok, so if you watched the tutorial, you should have created a link to your website on your Google+ "About" page under "Contributor to." You should have also added the URL of your Google+ page under Users>Your Profile>Google+ in your Wordpress Dashboard. It should look like this... https://plus.google.com/u/0/100382605773677756980

The Missing "Link"

If you've done all of this, and Authorship still isn't working for you, it likely means that the rel="author" meta tag isn't showing up in your theme, or isn't showing up where you need it.

Totally confused now? I'll explain...

In order for Google Authorship to work, there needs to be a reciprocal connection between your site, and your Google+ profile. Google connects to your site using the link added to your "About" page, and your site links to Google using something called a meta tag. The meta tag is simply a line of code that looks like this:

<link rel="author" href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/100382605773677756980" />

This is essentially they key to the whole process, the missing "link" if you will. If you add this line of code (in the HTML tab) to any post or page on your site, replacing the Google+ URL with your own, Authorship will work for that page. Period. Go ahead, try it for yourself.

With that said, you could essentially add this line of code to every page or post that you want authorship credit for...but who really wants to do that??

Truth be told, the authorship meta tag is supposed to be added to your site when you enter your Google+ URL into your profile. For the most part, I think it does work as intended, but depending on your theme, plugins, or settings, it may not be.

Sure-Fire Fixes

If you're one of the few people having difficulties getting Google Authorship to work on your site, have no fear. The solution is usually comes down to simply adding the rel="author" meta tag to the <head> section of your website. This can be accomplished a couple of ways:

Add Your Google+ URL using your SEO plugin

Both Wordpress SEO by Yoast, and the All-in-One SEO Pack make it easy to get Authorship working on your site.

All-in-One SEO Pack

1. In your Wordpress dashboard, navigate to All in One SEO>General Settings> and look for "Google Settings" and fill in your Google+ information.

**Important** Make sure to select all of the post types where you want Authorship to work. For example, If you're using a static home page, you need to ensure that "pages" are checked.

Google Authorship Using All in One SEO

2. Click "Update" and you should be done.

Wordpress SEO

1. In your WP dashboard, navigate to Users>Your Profile>Google+ and enter the URL for your G+ page.

Note: Typically this is all you need to do to get authorship working with Wordpress SEO. However, if you are using a static homepage like I do, and you need authorship working on pages as well as posts, there may be an additional step...

2.** Navigate to SEO>Titles and Metas>Post Types and make sure that "Don't show rel="author" is unchecked for all post types that you want authorship to work on. It seems that the default setting for pages is "don't show"

Google Authorship Using Wordpress SEO


Add the rel="author" meta tag directly to your header.php file

1. Log into your Wordpress dashboard and go to Appearance>Editor> and select header.php from the list on the right.

2. In the header.php file, near the top, find the </head> tag and paste this line of code (replacing the Google+ URL with your own) just above it, like so:

<link rel="author" href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/100382605773677756980" />

</head>

Adding Author Meta Tag to Your Header.php File

3. Click "Update File" and your're done. Google Authorship should now work properly on all pages and posts on your site.

Use a Plugin

If you're not using an SEO plugin, or you're uncomfortable editing your theme files, you can also set up Google Authorship using a Wordpress plugin. To get you pointed in the right direction, here's the two best plugins I found:

I'm not going to go into much detail about these, but if you need help feel free to add a comment below.

My hope is that by now, all of your questions have been answered, and Google Authorship is now up and running on your site. If you have any questions or suggestions please leave a comment and I'll get back to you.

Now it's your turn...What do you think? What method worked best for you?

All of your feedback is greatly appreciated, thanks.

To Success,

Josh

******UPDATE*******: I think I need to clarify something...For some of you still not seeing your Authorship link in search results, keep in mind that, even if set up correctly, Google still reserves the right to show them or not. Here's a quote... " Google will only show authorship in search results when we think it will be useful to the user..."

OK, so here's the bottom line...

Once you think you have authorship set up correctly, test a few of your pages using the Rich Snippets Testing Tool http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/richsnippets....NOT IN GOOGLE

If the Testing Tool says "Authorship is working for this page" then you have everything set up correctly, and that is all that you can do. Ultimately, it's up to Google to display your authorship link. My advice would be to just keep plugging away at the content and try to get Google's attention.


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G-Man93 Premium
Excellent! Anyone know why the testing tool is still showing errors for "hatom-feed"?
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je1777 Premium
Thanks Gman... Much appreciated. Not sure about hatom-feed, but I'm not too worried about it...don't think it has any negative effect on your rankings
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G-Man93 Premium
Alright! Thank you! :D
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Jim-WMP Premium
Well done Josh AIO for me
PS Added you to my Circles
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je1777 Premium
Thanks jimmy! Glad to help. I'll add you back ...
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Bill67 Premium
Thanks I will check this out when I get back home.
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AdeSimmonds Premium
You should be able to check in rich snippets if google authorship is working properly. Just enter the page/post URL and it will say whether authorship is activated for that page/post.

Ade
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upsgirl Premium
Hello...I am using the All-In-One SEO so I followed only the top instructions...ending where "Select where you want Authorship to show up." The rest of the instructions appear to be for the WP SEO so if I did this correctly, mine does not work! I welcome your help and thank you!
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je1777 Premium
Hi upsgirl,
Let's see if we can get it working....After you enter your settings, just click "Update" and you should be all set assuming that you've followed the steps in Kyle's original tutorial. What are your site and Google+ URL's?
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upsgirl Premium
I know I was tired and excited to receive your information...but anyway, myselfiestick.org and https://plus.google.com/u/0/104560246338585409200
I am thankful for your help...I think...HAHA!!!
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je1777 Premium
Authorship seems to be working on you site now... How did you solve your problem?
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upsgirl Premium
I didn't do anything else...so it works now? I WANT TO SEE!
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je1777 Premium
Check some of your URLs here-http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/richsnippets

It says "Authorship is working for this page"
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upsgirl Premium
I did during Kyle's training...a lot of us received that message but nothing actually happened...experienced Wa shared a message from Google regarding not showing photos anymore but maybe one day...thanks anyway! I did Post something to Google+ and my profile picture showed in Google search...again, thanks! It's okay...
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