Monday, March 31, 2014

Blogger Tutorial | How To Setup Google Authorship For Your Blogspot

How To Appear Your Picture In Google Search Results
Some bloggers just knows it and others are wondering why some people’s faces are showing up in Google search results? How do they do that?

Google Authorship was introduced by Google a few years ago. But it is continues to growing up in popularity as Google continues to intertwine its search results with its other products.

What is the benefits of Google Authorship:

Authorship
was created with the goal of allowing writers to claim their content, as well as allowing Google search engine users to find more relevant content written by the same writer. It also helps establish credibility of content for blogs or websites as well as authors. It's widely believed that Google Authorship is the first step toward verifying author identity, which will be used to calculate Author Rank and also Page Rank, which I believe is the future of Google's algorithm.

If you want to appear your authorship information in Google search results for the content of your blog, you will need to create a Google plus profile with a good and recognizable headshot as your profile photo. See the picture below:
How To Appear Your Picture In Google Search Results
There are two options to verify authorship of your page by associating it with your Google+ profile using either of the methods below.
  1. Link your page to your Google plus profile using a verified email address - Use this method if you are using other domain and not a blogspot.
  2. Set up authorship by linking your page to your Google plus profile - So in this tutorial we want to authorship our blogspot. We will choose #2.
Method 1: To Setup Google Authorship For Your Blogspot, Please Follow the step by step tutorial below:
  1. First you'll need to set up your Google+ profile using your gmail account by going to this url http://plus.google.com. Then upload a good and recognizable headshot as your profile photo and fill out some profile information such as hometown, etc.
  2. To link your blogspot to your Google+ profile as contributor you'll need to edit the Contributor Section of your Google plus Profile.
  3. On the Contributor to Section click Add custom link, Enter the Label of you blog and the URL of your blogspot. Select on Current contributor. Then click Save. See the picture below: 
    How To Appear Your Picture In Google Search Results
  4. Make sure your Google plus profile is set to be visible in search. You can verify this setting by visiting https://plus.google.com/settings, and find this "Help others discover my profile in search results." Make sure it was checked, if not just click to check it. After you clicking it will automatically save your settings. 
    How To Appear Your Picture In Google Search Results
  5. Next go to your Blogger dashboard -> Template -> Edit HTML search the </head> tag, and paste this code above the </head>  tag. Note change "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" with your own google plus profile url:  
  6. <link href='https://plus.google.com/xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx' rel='author'/>
    <link href='https://plus.google.com/xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx' rel='publisher'/>
    
    How To Appear Your Picture In Google Search Results
  7. To verify that authorship is working on your blog just visit structured data testing tool and enter your blog url then click preview. Google can extract authorship information from your blog. See the picture below,  
    How To Appear Your Picture In Google Search Results
  8. It may takes sometimes to appear your picture in Google search result, depend on the quality content of your page. Note: Google uses a variety of quality guidelines to determine when to show author snippets.
    How To Appear Your Picture In Google Search Results

Method 2: Another Simplest Way To Setup Google Authorship For Your Blogspot:
  1. Login to https://www.blogger.com, on the right side click on Blogger options -> Connect to Google+. See the picture below. 
    How To Appear Your Picture In Google Search Results
  2. You must checked the "I've read the above and fully understand that my public Google+ profile will now be associated with all of my blogs". 
    How To Appear Your Picture In Google Search Results
  3. It is important that you must checked as a contributor to your blog. Then Click "ADD BLOGS". 
    How To Appear Your Picture In Google Search Results
  4. Now to check if you have successfully associated your blog with your personal Google+ Profile. By going to blogger dashboard -> Google+. See the picture below: 
    How To Appear Your Picture In Google Search Results
  5. All done. To verify that authorship is working on your blog just visit structured data testing tool and enter your blog url then click preview. 
    How To Appear Your Picture In Google Search Results
  6. If you have a problem or your authorship not appear in Google search result please read this "Author information not appearing in search results".
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