How to Claim Google Authorship

Remember when I ran the 28-Day Blogging Challenge? It was a really fun online event where hundreds of people committed to making their blogs and websites better.

(I have Round 2 in the works, so stay tuned!)

Well, I actually took the Challenge myself, and it was amazing how many small things I was able to do that led to such a big impact.

One of them that I’m really proud of was claiming Google authorship of my blog. And while it’s not the easiest thing in the world, it’s worth putting in the effort.

How to Claim Google Authorship and Get More Clicks to Your Blog

What is Google Authorship?

  • It’s a tool that basically authenticates YOU as the author of a website or blog
  • It lets Google elevate you and your work as trusted, quality content
  • It can increase the number of people who click through to your blog when you appear in search results
  • It makes your site look prettier on Google search results

Google Authorship

Now, the million dollar question: how can you claim Google authorship?

Claiming Google Authorship for Your Blog

My blog runs on the Genesis/Studiopress platform, and the developers have made it pretty easy. I followed this set of instructions and it worked perfectly. If you are on another theme, you may need to jump through a few more hoops, all explained here: https://plus.google.com/authorship or in a good tutorial here: http://www.bloggingbistro.com/how-to-claim-your-content-with-google-authorship/.

Once you’ve added the code, you can see if your verification went through by going here: http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/richsnippets. Just put in your URL or the link to a specific post and click preview. For an example — the pictures above are from my verified site. But I haven’t yet claimed authorship for my baby blog, so results look like this:

Google Authorship

Good luck and happy claiming!

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Katy, this is so totally helpful. You are so empowering – sometimes I really struggle to find the time to do the technical side of the blog, but then I see you, working a full-time job, with a baby, and managing to stay so on top of things, I just have no excuses anymore. I feel like my blog is about trying to simplify life, but that doesn’t mean I get out of doing the difficult and “techy” side of blog management. Thanks for being such a supporter of bloggers!

  2. says

    Fascinating! I’d never heard of this before! I followed the Blogging Bistro instructions and didn’t have any problems. Now I’m just hoping I didn’t inadvertently connect anything I didn’t mean to, privacy-wise!

  3. says

    Excellent reminder, thank you! I’d muddled through this (the harder way) on my last blog, but when I transferred to a new domain a couple months ago, I forgot to check to see if this was still working. I followed the link you gave to check it, and it still works. Yay!

    I’m looking forward to round 2 of your Blogging Challenge!

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