Quick and Easy Way to Add Google Authorship to Your WordPress Site
Adding Google Authorship to your WordPress site is a great way to make a stronger impression within Google search results. Awhile back Joe wrote a post about getting your face into Google’s search results before there was a very easy way to do it. Now there’s a simple way to get your blog linked up to your Google profile.
The Google Authorship Widget takes just a minute to install. The plugin requires only 3 things:
- Your name
- Your short bio
- Your Google+ profile URL
After you add your specific details and drag the widget into your sidebar, the result will be a widget that looks something likes this:
You’ll also want to make sure that you have a link to your blog under the “Contributor to” section of your Google+ profile.
Now you can check your results by going to Google’s Rich Snippets Testing Tool and putting in a URL from your site. If there are any errors, Google will let you know. Otherwise you should see a preview including your author information:
You’ll see that your author image was added to the WordPress post in Google search preview. Google now has the ability to extract Author/Publisher for your site.
If you don’t like how the widget appears, you may be more interested in manually adding the links yourself. This plugin makes it easy to get everything linked up and display a quick bio in your sidebar. The results will be that links to your blog will stand out in Google search engine results. Download the Google Authorship Widget from the WordPress plugin repository.