It’s been a few months already since I wrote a guide to show your personal photo on search results to get more clicks on Google. That’s basically called: Google Authorship, and if you haven’t claimed it, you should do it right now.
From the time I posted that article until now, there are a lot of ways to claim your Authorship on Google. Some methods take time, some others are fast, and some of them don’t really work for multi author blogs.
Because I’m tired of that, I’m going to show you how to claim your Author Rank really fast using WordPress and the Genesis Framework.
I can’t really tell how many times I’ve used the Genesis Framework behind my blog to achieve things that otherwise would need manual coding or extra plugins on my site. And those take time and make your website load slower (Google hates that).
In fact, I recently received an email from Google with the following message:
So here’s how you can claim your Google Authorship too in 3 simple steps:
Step 1: Update your WordPress and Genesis Framework
Easy. Go to your Dashboard and update to the recent 3.5.1 WordPress installation (make a backup before). Then update your Genesis Framework to 1.9 too.
Step 2: Link your Google+ profile to your website
Open your Google+ profile and edit it to add the websites you’re writing fo
Step 3: Link your content to your Google+ Profile
This is usually done by adding a rel=author or rel=me code to your Google Plus URL. There are many ways to do it, but not with the Genesis Framework (1.9) you can just go to your WordPress Dashboard and edit your profile.
Scroll down to the Google+ section and add the URL to your profile. It should be something like this:
Don’t forget to save changes.
Step 4: Confirm
Now go to the Google Rich Snippets Tool and try with any article to see if everything went right.
How many minutes did you take from your busy schedule? 3? 5?
Advantages of claiming your Google Authorship
If you’re following this guide but you have no idea of the advantages of claiming your Google Authorship, here are some ideas to help you get started. I won’t go on details, but you’ll be able to understand it quickly.
- Higher CTR: When your content appears on Google Search results, having your Authorship claimed increases CTR. That means more traffic to your website
- Multiple authors for different websites: Because you’re claiming your authorship with your username, only the content you produce will be under your name. If there’s another writer in your block, make sure he fills his authorship information to get his own content claimed.
- Author Rank: Similar to Page rank, Google is now measuring social signals and Author Rank is one of them. If one day someone with a high Author Rank writes a guest post in your blog, you’ll receive part of that juice.
- Stolen Content: Of course, you could avoid google penalizing your website for duplicated content because now they’ll know who’s the real author. In fact, if someone literally steals your content 100%, they might even copy your bio’s information and link to your Google+ profile too.
- Index your content faster: You can index your content via google+ in a few minutes or even seconds nowadays. If your blog takes 24 hours to be indexed via your sitemap.xml, your Google+ Post about that article will be indexed in a few seconds. Super fast! If you have friends on google+, they’ll see your post on their personal search results in no time.
So, what are you waiting for? Do it now!