Given this is Part 2 of my series, I’ll forego an elaborate intro. If you’ve come across this article first, I’d recommend viewing the previous article, Google Authorship for WordPress – Part 1 (w/o Use of Plugins) prior to this so you have a better perspective of the subject. Reading Part 1 will also give you some details on configuring your google+ profile page correctly.
At first I planned to make this a review article on a few plugins that I tried, but decided it was much easier to share details only on the finalist(s) I thought did the best job. One plugin, it’s free by the way, is the one I recommend for DIYers. And the second plugin, professional level software that includes powerful additional features, I’m not at liberty to disclose as it is part of my “secret sauce” for my valued clients.
Prerequisites For Using rel=”publisher”
- You have set up a Google Plus Profile (NOTE: The small circle image should be your photo)
- You have set up a Google Plus Page and set the “website” parameter to be the URL of your website (NOTE: The small circle image should be your company logo)
- If you’ve not done either of the above, check back again for my next article on How To Set Up Your Google+ Profile & Business Page(s)
Download the AuthorSure WP Plugin
Fortunately for you, you can visit: http://AuthorSure.com and download the FREE Plugin.
The download will save to your computer, typically under the “downloads” folder.
Next you’ll need to access the Admin area of your WordPress website, click for the “Plugins” page, and upload the AuthorSure zip file from your computer.
Once successfully installed, Activate the file. You’ll then want to click on the “Settings” page, then to the “Authorsure” link.
Once on the “AuthorSure Settings Page”, complete the profile elements, e.g. google+ code.
Next, click on, “Users”, and select the user name who will be authoring blog posts on your site, and complete the additional google+ element on the profile page. Note, you’ll be able to also show your other profiles such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc.
Now go back to “All Users” to see if your image is showing.
That’s it. Be sure to visit the AuthorSure website and register there. They ask for a valid email, and once confirmed they’ll give you access to video tutorials. So, if you don’t have enough details from this article, watch the videos which should help fill in any gaps in your understanding. If you still need assistance, please contact me. And for those overwhelmed I’m happy to setup, and install everything for you; I offer a wide range of implementation & integration services.
Test The Photo Result With Google’s Rich Snippet Tool
As in the previous article, you’ll want to make sure you coded everything correctly? You’ll need to visit this web page and enter your website URL. http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/richsnippets
Concluding, you can make an impact in search and stand out from your competition spending a little time linking your G+ account to your web content. Need help? Feel free to call me at: 919-523-4185 or email me at: bob AT seoforhighranking.com
Hat-Tip/Reference: Kudos and many thanks to Russell, creator of AuthorSure (the WordPress Plugin for Google+ Authorship).
- Google+ Profile:
- Linkedin Address:
- Facebook Business Page:
- Twitter Page: