Ultimate List of Google Authorship Resources


Ultimate List of Google Authorship Resources

Update June 27, 2014: In light of Google’s recent announcement, we thought we’d post the latest update from Search Engine Land, Google Drops Profiles Photos and Google+ Circle Counts In Search Results, until we can rewrite this post to reflect these changes.

Big changes have come to Google search results since the big G started its quest to connect authors of blog articles to signals of relevance and authority.

Google has claimed patents surrounding the application of “Author Rank” to their results, and in 2011 they released a specific tag rel=author to confirm authorship.

Today you can see the impact on results pages in the form of author photos, their +1 count, and a link to additional articles by that author in SERPs. Author Rank has the potential to become a ranking factor as powerful as Page Rank.

To help guide you through the implementation and ideas surrounding this topic, we present Raven’s Ultimate list of Google Authorship resources. We’ll hear from Googlers themselves, highlight information and tools surrounding Authorship and discuss Authorship’s impact as well as some tactics to track its impact on your analytics. Sprinkled throughout you’ll also see some helpful quick tips we learned while implementing authorship on Raven’s own new site.

Google’s information on Authorship

Since this change is coming from Google, here are the most relevant resources released from Google itself on how to implement Authorship. There are several ways, all centering on a Google Plus profile.

Matt CuttsGoogle’s Matt Cutts and Othar Hansson discuss the benefits of Google Authorship and how it may be a future signal for credibility in ranking results. In the interim, this markup will add the author’s picture to verified articles as well as other articles by that author.

Use Google’s Rich Snippet Verification tool to check if you’ve implemented rel=author correctly

Othar HannsonOthar Hansson of the search quality group and Matt Cutts discuss using authorship as a URL parameter for those site owners who may not be able to access their HTML by adding rel=author to a hyperlink to your Google+ profile to verify authorship.

Useful guides for Authorship implementation

Here are some of the best articles that cover the process of adding correctly verifying your authorship.

The Definitive Guide to Google Authorship Markup
Rick DeJarnette“What you need to know is that Google needs to complete a circuit of verified trust between it and an author’s published content. For you to participate in this program, you need to have two things:

  1. A verified digital identify owned by Google that links to your published content (a Google+ profile)
  2. Your published content needs to reference you as the author and link back to the verified digital identity”

Quick Tip: Don’t forget to have any guest post authors add your site to the “Contributor to:” section of their Google+ profile to verify their authorship! Here’s a quick How to: from Steven Shattuck.

Author Rank, SEO and Google Plus: What you need to know
Dave Ashworth“Author Rank is also relatively new, which means the proactive amongst us have a great opportunity while the SERPs aren’t yet saturated with author profiles yet. Additionally, it’s highly likely your competitors haven’t looked into Author markup yet.”

Quick Tip: If you’re not active on Google+ you can still verify Authorship using your Google Profile.

How to Implement Rel=Author
AJ KohnFor the perspective of a blogger who’s been following Authorship since its release, add AJ Kohn to your circles. His guide has been updated as techniques have changed and new tools have come about, so it provides a unique perspective on Google’s adjustments.

Quick Tip: You can verify your Authorship by email, but only if you have an email at the domain in question.

Push Rel=”Author” through your head

Joost De ValkIf you’re using WordPress for your website CMS, you have built-in advantages and disadvantages. Yoast provides another way for you to verify your authorship by adding the markup to the header section of your site.

 Quick Tip: Authorship verification is sensitive to www. and non www. in your ?rel=me link verification.

Author Markup, Schema.org and Patents, Oh My!

Bill SlawskiUnderstanding the patents Google has submitted on Authorship can offer insights into Google’s intention for the future of search. Well known for his analysis into patents, Bill Slawski gives a good breakdown of Google’s author rank patents in this post.

“…if the signer has a large reputational score due to the agent having an established reputation for provided accurate reviews, the rank of the referenced content can be raised accordingly.” – Google Agent Rank Patent Filing

Rel=’Publisher’ for Brand-Savvy Marketers

Ben Holbrook

We’ve talked a lot about using the Rel=author tag properly, but that wasn’t the only new tag that Google released. The less deployed Rel=publisher tag may eventually help balace out some of the complaints that brands have about how Rel=Author works.  This article by Ben Holbrook gives you the step by step of how to deploy this tag correctly alongside the Rel=Author tag.

WordPress Authorship Plugins

Benefits and concerns

Google Confirms Hidden Benefit Of Authorship: Bonus Links After A Back-Button Click
Matt Mcgee Authorship can mean more than just your photo and information displayed. Matt McGee breaks the confirmed news that staying more than 2 minutes on a author-verified page before returning to the SERP will trigger additional “bonus links” from that author to be displayed.

Max Minzer This Hangout discusses how corporate identities and brands need to react to this shift to individual authorship and create contingency plans to handle the emphasis on individuals vs. brands as the publishers of content.

“Social is a good way to create a reputation for authors. If the reputation of content authors is transparent, it will make the whole web better.” – Matt Cutts

Authorship: Messing Up Your Rankings

Dan PetrovicThis post explores some of the ways ranking data provided by Google Webmaster Tools may be skewed by authorship. Hat tip to +Mark Traphagen who shared this article and was also part of Dan’s recent video discussion panel on Google Authorship.

When you’re using WordPress, your pages are marked with an Author. To remove Author from pages, click Screen Options when editing the page, and uncheck Author. Then you can choose “Hide From Search” as the page’s author.

AuthorRank: Google Panda on Steroids?

James ScaggsThe Google Panda update was deployed to decrease the amount of low quality content showing up in search queries. James Scaggs explores the implications of Google Authorship being used as a quality signal to finish where Panda left off.

“If you’re not going to write great content, don’t bother to write at all. If you are going to write, get your content cited by trusted people.” Jim Boykin, Pubcon 2012

What is the Difference Between Google Authorship and Author Rank
Mark Traphagen Mark Traphagen has been an active voice working to keep up on the changes that Authorship has brought to SERPs and to how people use Google Plus. Here’s an article where he delves into how it is important to understand the difference between the concept of Google Authorship and it’s related markup and the idea of Author Rank.

Google Authorship: An Interview with Google’s Sagar Kamdar
Grant Crowell It’s great to get an inside commentary on big change that come out from Google because you can better understand the intent of their efforts. This Q & A with Sagar Kamdar provides some tantalizing insights into how Google may use this authorship data in the future.

“We use over 200 signals to determine search ranking, and although authorship is not currently one of those signals, we hope to experiment with using information about authorship as a signal in ranking in the future.”

– Sagar Kamdar, Google Director of Product for Search

Google Authorship Profile: No Verification Needed?
Bas van den Bald
Correctly attributing authorship of specific blog posts to authors is not an easy task, but in this post Bas Van Den Beld points out some examples where Authorship is being displayed even when the steps listed to verify authorship have not been followed.

Quick Tip: You can see Authorship Statistics in your Webmaster tools profile under the Labs section. Matthew Marley also has spotted authorship stats being rolled out directly to G+ profiles, but this seemingly hasn’t been released to all users quite yet.

How to Prepare for AuthorRank and Get the Jump on Google

Mike Arnesan

The driving force behind Google Authorship comes from Google’s desire to get a clear signal about author authority to weed out spam. This article suggested by Max Minzer explores the history of Author Rank and some of the related elements you can work on to improve your authority as perceived by Google.


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  • http://spicnspanhousecleaning.ca/ Heather McCormick

    How long does it take for your picture to show after you have made changes to your site… Oh and could any one see if I did it right, please!

    The code is in the footer, do I have to put it into each post and or each page?


  • http://www.inmediaconcepts.co.nz/ William John

    Hey Jeremy,

    Thank you very much for the authorship author resources and info provided

  • Spook SEO

    Hi Jeremy!

    Yes indeed. Big changes have come to Google search results since they started its quest to connect authors of blog articles to signals of authority. Thank you for sharing those videos. Matt Cutts and Othar Hansson was just able to discuss comprehensively the benefits of Google Authorship and how it may be a future signal for trustworthiness in ranking results.

  • Spook SEO

    Hi Jeremy!

    Yes indeed. Big changes have come to Google search results since they started its quest to connect authors of blog articles to signals of authority. Thank you for sharing those videos. Matt Cutts and Othar Hansson was just able to discuss comprehensively the benefits of Google Authorship and how it may be a future signal for trustworthiness in ranking results.

  • Daniel Law

    Great stuff Jeremy! We’ve implemented authorship and many more rich snippets onto our own website as well as our client website’s and have seen astonishing results.

    Feel free to connect with me on Google+!


  • http://onaprsc.com.vn/ onapthanh

    I started using Authorship a few months ago (as well as a couple other
    minimal SEO changes) and noticed that one of my sites went from ranking
    #35. I use a WP plugin to have everything setup automatically, but I plan to put up a site in the ol’ static HTML style just to see if I still can on ap standa on ap lioa

  • Nathanael Vanderkolk

    Great set of resources! Thanks so much for getting that together. We have been pushing the author resources and it seems to be working quite well at the moment. Thanks Nathanael – https://plus.google.com/113109411565699971716/postshttp://www.smart-seo.com.au

  • Chetan Sanja

    Good job pulling the list together. I was at a meet up this past weekend and I actually gave out one of those resources you listed. BUT…. giving out this list would be so much better.


  • mayur

    Great Collection..

  • http://eMailTipsDaily.com/ eMailTipsDaily

    Yep, that is what makes this collection so valuable.

    I was actually trying to re-view one of Matt’s videos on the authorship
    topic that I’ve seen before, when I found your page here.

    +1 from me, you deserve praise for this effort.

    Personally, I use a WP plugin to have everything setup automatically,
    but I plan to put up a site in the ol’ static HTML style just to see if I
    still can, lol

    I’ll bookmark your page to help me with that.

    Thanks, Jeremy!

    Steve ✉ Master eMailSmith ✉ Lorenzo # Chief Editor #

    eMail Tips Daily Newsletter ✉ http://eMailTipsDaily.com

  • http://www.davidshulmanlaw.com/ David Shulman


    Thank you. I’ll give that a try.

  • http://www.jeremyriveraseo.com/ Jeremy Rivera

    Howdy David, I see you’re using the “three-card monte” style of verification, by pointing your byline to your author profile. Thing is http://www.sofloridaestateplanning.com/author/dshulman/ doesn’t have the rel=”me” markup on any link back to your profile. That may be why it’s not recognizing your profile correctly.

  • http://www.davidshulmanlaw.com/ David Shulman

    Hi, I’m having a problem with authorship. I HAD two Google+ accounts. The first, was a Gmail linked account which I deleted. The second is my apps account. For some reason, my website, http://www.sofloridaestateplanning.com/ is being shown as authored by my non-deleted Gmail profile, and not my current and up to date Apps profile. This is true even though all of the markup code on the site links to the Apps profile.

    The INCORRECT profile is https://plus.google.com/100906954632572164394.

    The CORRECT profile is https://plus.google.com/111265287923050810349/.

    How do I make Google update itself to link to the correct profile? Is there a way to unlink the old one (that is now deleted)/


  • Nishant Soni

    Great list Jeremy. Really useful and loved it :)

    I have also written a article on

    Is Author Rank the future of SEO?


    Hope you like it and it will be great if you could share your views :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/marro.melissa Melissa Sehmer Marro

    Thank you for the great information. I started using Authorship a few months ago (as well as a couple other minimal SEO changes) and noticed that one of my sites went from ranking #41 to #9 for it’s primary keyword phrase. I would say that is a pretty good traction.

  • http://twitter.com/Ravenjeremy Jeremy Rivera

    Verified authorship isn’t a guarantee that you will see it for all keywords.

  • testtoabc

    I already verified my email address mamun@webinbangla.com on Google Authorship but not shows my image in google search for “bangla web tutorial” keyword.

  • http://www.wittysparks.com/ Sravan Kumar

    Nice post – got to know how important when Authorship is concerned! – Thanks for the share and nice collection of thoughts from different and top authors!

  • http://www.buzzmaven.com/ Scott Clark

    Blogging holdouts are finally out of excuses why they should hand the keys to their top employees and get out of the way. Corporate voice and ghost blogs are done – or should be for anyone who understands Google’s focus on individual creators. Just dropped a link to your list. Well done.

  • http://twitter.com/Ravenjeremy Jeremy Rivera

    BOOM! Mark’s been added to the list :)

  • axymak


    Sir I have also added the post on the Rel=”Author” tag

  • http://twitter.com/Ravenjeremy Jeremy Rivera

    Have a suggestion for an article of his that you think should be considered?

  • Bobby Carroll

    It’s interesting Dan Petrovic gave a “hat tip” in his quote above to Mark Traphagen who is missing from your terrific list.

  • http://www.linkworxseo.com/ Link Worx Seo

    Have seen more and more results starting to show authorship qualities for more than blogs and main websites. I saw one the other day showing for a Best of The Web page. Some are seeing Pinterest showing there photo’s as authorship as well. Have not seen my Pinterest yet, but the blog and main site are appearing with a photo on each of those sites. Here is another article on Google Authorship: http://linkworxseo.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/instructions-on-how-to-link-a-google-profile-to-content-created/

  • http://twitter.com/Ravenjeremy Jeremy Rivera

    I see you’re now pointing to her author page, which then points to her G+. Perfect. In fact, https://www.google.com/search?q=Esther+Ekhart&hl=en&prmd=imvnso&tbs=ppl_ids:–102500710121496672443-,ppl_nps:Esther+Ekhart,ppl_aut:1&sa=X&ei=MQeYUPTaMMHF0QG63YDACg&ved=0CDIQnxYwAQ&biw=1080&bih=1158 It seems to be crediting her with authorship now. Congrats :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/BasPaul Bas Paul

    OK, Got it! Thanks a million!

  • http://www.facebook.com/BasPaul Bas Paul

    Thanks for that Jeremy,
    There seems to be some text missing in your post. I’ve removed the /u/0 from the link : Esther Ekhart but with no succes see:http://www.ekhartyoga.com/everything-yoga/articles/why-restorative-yoga-

  • http://twitter.com/Ravenjeremy Jeremy Rivera

    The URL is wrong in the link, http://<a href=”https://plus.google.com/u/0/102500710121496672443?rel=author”>Esther Ekhart</a> is what’s there and it should just be https://plus.google.com/102500710121496672443?rel=author.

    I.e. Where it asks for the link you acced the full code for the <a href etc instead of just the link with ?rel=author added to it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BasPaul Bas Paul

    Excellent information. I am not much of a geek but I managed. However clicking on the anchor tag does not bring me to the G+ profile but I get an “Oops! google could not find… warning” Where did I go wrong? See: http://www.ekhartyoga.com/everything-yoga/articles/why-restorative-yoga-

    Thanks, Bas

  • Rajesh Magar

    Awesome Post… I love the way you perfectly organized all related post together.

  • Chris Countey

    Wow, thanks for the heads up!

  • Zak Nicola

    Great collection Jeremy!

  • http://twitter.com/Ravenjeremy Jeremy Rivera

    No problem, it’s actually embedded in that interview with Sagar Kamdar on Search Engine Journal too ;)

  • http://www.eventchecklist.net/ Arwin Adriano

    I enjoy the list. Looking forward to see more of this one.

  • Chris Countey

    Great resource of resources, Jeremy. Mind if I plug this video on authorship? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_eb52ZlBCI Thanks!