Just a few weeks before the beginning of the Google+ field trial, Google announced authorship markup allowing content writers to let Google the author of an article, blog, website, etc. through then Google Profiles. When Google+ was announced, the full plans became much clearer. Google had bigger plans for Authorship.
What is Google Authorship?
|Google Web Search result with Google+ Authorship|
|Google News with Google+ Authorship|
How to set up Google AuthorshipIn order to set up Google Authorship, you need to make sure you have set up a Google+ profile with a profile photo clearly showing your face. Any logo, cartoon, unclear headshot pictures, etc. will result in authorship not working. +Lee Jarratt used to have an upside down profile picture that was keeping his Google+ Authorship to show up on Google although the link was showing up as verified.
Easiest Way - With an Email on the Same DomainThe easiest and least technical way to set up Google Authorship is to sign up for authorship by filling out a form with with an email on the same domain as your content. Simply make sure that there is a byline on each page with the same name you are using on your Google+ profile (for example, “By Clayton Pritchard”) and submit your email here. Submitting your email will automatically add that email to the work section of your contact info on your website as well as add the domain to the contributor to section on your profile.
Second Way - Without an Email on the Same DomainThere is also another way to do it if you don’t have an email on the same domain as the website. This could be for guest blog posting or if you aren’t paying for web hosting or a domain name.
If you use this second method, you need to make sure to include a link to the domain that your content is on by adding it to the “contributor to” section of your profile. This allows Google to trust that both the profile and the website are owned by the same person.
Verifying Google+ AuthorshipAfter going through the prior steps to set up Google+ Authorship, you’ll want to verify that everything was done correctly. In order to do this, visit the markup verify page, input the domain you want to test such as www.googleplusdaily.com, and click test. If you’ve done it correctly, you’ll see the green “Verified” notice. You’ll also see an example of what a search result will look like now with your profile picture. It should look similar to the one below.
|Verified Google+ Authorship|