There are many reasons you should have a Google Plus account. Google Plus is integrated into all of the other Google Products. Your profile comes up in search results now. When you search you will also see posts from your Circles. If you follow other people in your industry then there’s a good chance someone did a post for exactly what you are looking for (it’s happened multiple times for me already). Also having the +1 button on your website helps with getting your website in the search results (the last time I checked anyway). I will make future posts about these other features.
In this post I’m going to go over one of the features = Authorship. If you have ANY original content that you have put out there on the internet you need to have this feature setup. I saw a video about a month ago from Google that had them talking about how they are really trying to credit the original sources for their material. It’s going to be something they continue to work on. Let me show you a few examples of what it looks like in search results when you have Google Plus authorship set up.
If you take a look at the pictures. All 3 will say By Matt Massaro. I’ve seen results come up with & without my picture. Ideally it’s supposed to have your picture right there like in the 3rd picture above. It will also say how many people have you in their circles and so on.
I’ve recently seen that it looks like by simply entering your Google Plus profile ID into the WordPress back end profile section will make this work. You also have to have the site in the contributor section of your Google Plus About area.
Steps To Setting Google Authorship Up With WordPress:
- First of course set up your Google Plus Account
- Click on your Profile Section & Click Edit
- Now find the “Contributer To” section while under the “About” section
- Click on that section and a little window will pop up
- Enter the Title (I always put the name of the site etc) & enter the site URL
- Save and it should look something like this
- Great now you are done with that part!
- Go to the WordPress site you want to set it up with and log in.
- If you are an Admin it will be under Users > Your Profile
- If you are not an Administrator it should be on the left saying Profile – Click Profile
- Now Scroll down and find the Google+ section
- Great! Now go back to your Google Plus Profile. Then click on the Profile option.
- Look at your address bar on the top. Copy everything from the beginning up to the last number on the right
- Now go back into WordPress and Paste it into the Google+ section. Then don’t forget to hit update.
- You’re Done!! Message me if you run into any trouble and I will help out!
At first I was really stressed about how to set up the Google Authorship. When I read through some of the different ones online they were confusing and it seemed like a whole bunch you had to do. Make sure that whatever site you contribute to goes into the Contributor section of your Google Plus Profile. That’s the main part.
Whenever you do a post or contribute something to a website to also double check and make sure it works you can add the following: By Matt Massaro or Author Matt Massaro
Google’s algorithms will pick up that phrasing. If you have any questions or get confused let me know and I will help out!
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