If you blog using your own domain name like me then there is a straightforward simple process to setting up Google Authorship for your blog in just minutes. Google Authorship is a new initiative by Google which improves search results by showing the content authors photo and name in the results as you can see below my photo and name is now showing for all content I create on my blog here and this help distinguish my site from that of say a content farm and also helps my content stick out among other results.
So I bet you’re wondering how you can get this going with your blog or website so you can stand out among the crowd? Well Google recently launched a pretty easy process for people who own their own domain names and it only takes the following steps.
To get started:
- Click here to setup your Google+ profile
- Remember to upload a high quality headshot, and fill out some profile information such as hometown, etc.
- Verify your email address
- On your Google+ profile, click on the ‘Edit Profile’ button in the upper right corner
- Scroll down and click on “Work”
- Click the drop-down arrow next to “Phone”
- Click on “Email”
- Put your cursor in the box next to “Email”, and fill in your email address where it says “New contact info”. Use your email address which has the same domain as the main place you publish your work. For example, “email@example.com”.
- Change the visibility of the section from “Only you” to “Everyone on the web”
- Click on “Save”
- Click on “Done Editing”
- Scroll down and find where you added the e-mail address and then click “Verify”That’s it now just sit back and wait and after a couple of days usually 24-72 hours your search results will begin reflecting your Google+ photo and also attribute content to you. I assure you this method is much easier then the rel=”author” and rel=”me” methods that had been previously shared throughout the web.