Google Author Link: a new WordPress plugin

google author linksMany of the plugins that we create are to solve problem for our clients, so while building WordPress websites we always keep an eye on ideas to help us and to help other WordPress users.

Google has been trialling a system, Google Authorship,  where they link a profile on Google Plus to the web sites that a user contributes to. They also require the website in question to link back to the Google Plus profile.

So today, we’ve released a WordPress plugin that quickly and easily allows you to hook up your website with your Google Plus profile.

There is a lot of chatter around the internet about the SEO benefits of content that is linked with Google Authorship, so there’s some more reading on that topic, suffice to say it will probably help your rankings in the search engine.

What does it look like?

Take a look at the screen shot here, when your web site is shown up in Google search results your profile will be displayed link this.

How to setup the plugin

So here’s a quick step by step guide on how to set this up.

Download the plugin.

Go to your Google Plus profile and edit the profile, ensure that you add your web site to the section “Contributor”. This tells Google that you’re an author for the particular site.

Then configure the plugin, basically editing your user profile in WordPress to add your Google Plus Profile URL.

Then take one of your URLs from your site and paste into Google’s Rich snippet tool, all being well that should confirm that your setup is correct.

Comments

  1. Tamra says

    I have been using the Google Author Link plugin and it has been working very well. After reading some forum posts about the AuthorRank being released by Google in the future, I would like to request a field for the rel=publisher attribute. All my articles are specifically for a single company and instead of it being just paired with my personal G+ account, I would also like to add the rel=publisher attribute to give the company credit as well since technically it is theirs.

    • says

      Tamra

      Thanks for your comments, we are going to be adding new features to this plugin shortly.

      Certainly will be adding rel=publisher attribute

      Look out for an update soon

  2. says

    I’ve added your Plugin and I can see my profile picture in the preview testing tool but I’m also getting some errors. Could you tell me how to fix the following errors:
    Warning: Missing required field “updated”.
    Warning: Missing required hCard “author”.

  3. says

    My image shows in the Rich Snippet Preview. It also shows additional posts and it shows the following errors;

    Warning: Missing required field “updated”.

    Warning: Missing required hCard “author”.

    Warning: At least one field must be set for HatomEntry.

    Warning: Missing required field “entry-title”.

    Warning: Missing required field “updated”.

    Warning: Missing required hCard “author”.

    How can these errors be corrected? Thanks.

  4. says

    It worked on the first url I put in, but then I randomly choose another of my posts and it said it wasn’t verified. Shouldn’t it cover all of the posts in my domain? Hmm… did I do something wrong?

    • says

      Hi Becky.

      Yes it should work for all your posts.

      In your WordPress setup, are you the author for all the posts? Remember that the plugin works for multiple author blogs so each posting author needs to fill in their Google + profile URL

  5. Alex says

    Hi I’m just wondering, if you know how to get the LinkedIn Field to work on the bio, whenever I input my link for my profile it then try testing it on the author bio it just leads me to a LinkedIn page which says profile not found.
    My name an everything is correct since I copied and pasted it from the link.
    Is it to do with the way linkedin.com/pub/ is not present because the plugin puts linkedin.com/In/..

    • says

      Hi Alex, but the linked in field that you’re referring too, is not part of our plugin, so not really sure about how to help on that one :)

    • says

      Yuvin.

      We did have some reports on earlier version of an issue when used with Yoast SEO. However later versions of our plugin now work fine along side it.

      Peter

  6. says

    When I use the Structured Data Testing Tool, my photo shows up just fine. But when I go to a new page and google the same blog title it shows up without a photo. What am I doing wrong (because I am sure it’s me)?

    • says

      Carol,

      It takes some time for Google to show your pic up to all the pages in your site.

      I have seen examples where even after weeks some pages don’t show up with a photo even though the testing tool shows up fine.

      Just a google thing I think

      Peter

  7. says

    Hi. I’m a little confused about removing authorship from some blog categories. In the plugin settings I see all my blog categories listed, none are highlighted. How do I set to ALLOW all my blog categories? I’ve set the one’s i want in SERP’s to grey colour, does that mean they ARE the ones that will be in SERP’s or the other way around? Thanks

    • says

      Hi Luke,

      The settings for blog categories, custom post types and now pages will remove authorship only on the ones that you select.

      If you select nothing in those settings authorship will be included on those items.

      Peter

  8. Sean says

    Hi,

    Thanks for making this plugin. We’ve been successfully using your plugin for some time – the correct image and author name were successfully showing in Google search results. Unfortunately, however, the image and author name suddenly stopped appearing in search results. When we test our URLs in Google’s Structured Data Testing Tool, the correct image and author name appear, but they are not displayed in search results. Any suggestions?

    • says

      Hello Sean.

      I’ve had people report this kind of thing happening.

      Once you’ve got the plugin installed and then tested with the Google rich snippet tool, it’s then up to google’s system to include the authorship on the result page or not. There is a good community on Google + where you could ask about this problem and see if anyone there has further advice

      https://plus.google.com/communities/104474428845467390263

      Peter

  9. says

    Hello,

    first of all I would like to thank you for great plugin, nevertheless I have some issues with it.
    I’ve added Google Profile URL, linked G+ profile with my website and authorship still doesn’t work… What could be possible wrong?

  10. says

    Hi Peter, I’ve installed and setup the data via your plugin but I’m not sure if it’s working so have some questions if you don’t mind :

    My main website (johnharrisphotography.co.uk) has an entry page that I’ve added links for both publisher & author :

    Everything looks OK when I put the website address into the Google testing tool but I’m not sure if I need to specify both publisher & author – what’s the difference?

    My blog (johnharrisphotography.co.uk/blog) is WordPress based so I’m not sure if the steps I’ve taken above will automatically work for the blog as well but to be safe I installed your plugin & added my Google+ url into the settings & tested again but for my blog address the tool is saying that the publisher markup has been verified but that authorship hasn’t so I’m very confused!

    Any light you can shed on this would be great. Thanks

  11. says

    Thanks a lot for this plugin. I have implemented it and everything seems ok except the below “not found” item in the rich snippets testing tool. How can I solve it? Thanks a lot

    “Automatically detected author name on webpage: Not Found.”

    I have selected my profile which is “Steve Gardner” from the profiles drop-down list in your plugin settings. But it shows as “not found” as you can see it above.

    Please send your answer to my info@optionsbinaryforex.com e-mail. Many thanks for your valuable support.

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