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.
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
Now, the million dollar question: how can you claim Google authorship?
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:
Good luck and happy claiming!