Day 18: Adding Google Authorship to WordPress Posts

Adding Google Authorship to WordPress Posts

Everything on the internet, including search, is becoming more and more social. This is becoming more and more apparent first with Google Authorship and Social Search. While Google’s new Social Search has many detractors, it is not something that should be ignored. It is worth noting that Social Search can be easily disabled.

What is Google Authorship?

Google Authorship Search Results
Google’s author information in action.

It is now possible to have your Google+ profile display next to search results you authored. This helps your article stand out in the search results and help establish your personal brand. There is no reason to not try and get your Google+ Profile to show up in Google search results.

How to Get Your Google+ Profile to Appear in Search Results

The Google Authorship Widget WordPress Plugin makes it easy to get your Google+ profile to show up in the search results.

Simply install the Google Authorship Widget WordPress plugin, place the widget on your website, and enter in the appropriate information. Then go to the Google Webmaster Tools Rich Snippets Testing Tool, enter in an example URL and your profile should appear.

Google Authorship Widget
The Google Authorship Widget Plugin in action.

Don’t know how to install WordPress plugins? Check out our video tutorial showing how to use WordPress plugins.

Don’t know how to use WordPress Widgets? Check out our video tutorial showing how to use WordPress widgets.

Related Post: Add the Google+ Add to Circles Badge with a Widget

Conclusion

It doesn’t matter if you believe in the idea of social search or not, there is no reason to not try and configure your Google+ Profile to appear in the search results. And since it’s so easy thanks to the WordPress plugin, go do it!

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