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A Simplified Version of Adding Your Google Author Rank to Your Blog

Anyone who is not SEO savvy or a coder may encounter difficulty when wanting to add your Google Author Rank to your blog.


There are tons, and I mean TONS of articles out there that try to tell you how to add it in a difficult way and after sorting through it myself, I thought a simplified version of how-to add your Google Author Rank to your blog was necessary.


Firstly, you must know that you need to have a Google+ account prior to claiming a Google Author Rank as it will verify your blog and help it get seen more and allow you to be recognized as an author by also putting a face to the name by adding your associated picture.


As your blog should be setup as a Google+ Business page and your blog’s URL is inputted, you will see a button that reads “link website”. This is when it gets a little complicated; a code will then appear and tell you to add it to the Head of your blog, which is great, if you knew where that was.


Let’s be honest, most of us bloggers, blog to blog. We are writers, artists and right-brained. Asking us to touch our Editor section within our theme is like asking us to do math without a calculator. Since each theme on WordPress varies it makes it even more difficult to locate. On this blog for example, I use the Intrepidity Theme which is not as straight-forward as to where everything is as perhaps Genesis does but is a great theme nonetheless.


After much hoping and wishing and copying and pasting without messing up the code. I finally found that it verified my website once I posted it within the home.php section of the WordPress editor for my theme prior to the end code.

What My Page Code Looked Like:

a href=”Your Page Generated URL” rel=”publisher”>Google+</a>

After jumping for joy and seeing the green checkmark appear on my G+ page (not profile). I then went and added the + sign before my name and hyperlinking it with the URL to my G+ profile (not page) with the ending including real=author…I know sounds foreign right?


Here is what it should look like when hyperlinking first you add +Your Name and then hyperlink it with

Google+ Profile URL HEREposts?rel=author

The Code needed:

<a href=”Google+ Profile URL HEREposts?rel=author“>+Your Name</a>

Once it is clicked on you should be directed to your Google Plus Profile. You are now able to use that code in any author box or bio no matter the site you are writing on. You can see exactly what I mean by looking at my author bio below.


[NOTE: It will take a few days before you will begin seeing your image next to your writings]

You will need to preferably use an author box for the coding, since this works easiest. Secondly be sure to verify your Author Rank via e-mail and check through the Google Webmaster Tool. Make sure you follow the directions exactly.

Now Exhale.

[Google Author Rank image via 4mat]

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Tags: Author Rank, AuthorRank, Blog, Blogging, Content Marketing, Google, SEO, Search, Social Media, marketing


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Comment by Alexander Lau on October 13, 2014 at 7:39am

Comment by Erin Ryan on March 8, 2013 at 9:32am

Thanks Louie, Alexander, Ralph, Paul and Tom for your feedback. The codes worked well on the blog example I gave. Author Rank is over looked and we need to change that as soon as possible. You want to be authoritative and credible Google is offering it. Although, Facebook is a bit behind in the SEO department, let's not rule them out...changes to come!

Comment by Alexander Lau on March 6, 2013 at 6:18am

Thanks Ralph, this happens a lot with blogging systems. By default, they restrict the ability to place code. NING and WordPress, etc. 


Comment by Ralph Paglia on March 5, 2013 at 2:13pm

Alexander, you are correct about showing the code using an image... A downloadable text file would also be helpful/. I was mistakenly interpreting the complaint being that the code was not working when people were posting their Google Author code at the bottom of a blog post on ADM.

Comment by Alexander Lau on March 5, 2013 at 1:42pm

You mean we can't upload executables and JavaScript Ralph!?!? ;-)

I don't think using the HTML box is going to show HTML code properly however. Your better off using an image, if possible.

Comment by Ralph Paglia on March 5, 2013 at 1:17pm

Switch to HTML view using the menu bar at the top of the blog post window or comment boxes... However, there is quite a bit of code types that are blocked by the platform for security reasons in the comment box... Especially Java scripts. Most of the Java scripts do work fine in the blog and forum discussion creation windows.

Comment by Alexander Lau on March 5, 2013 at 7:09am

OK, they need to fix this site, you can't apply code properly, it wasn't your fault. I was also unable to close the brackets.

Tell Ralph.

Comment by Alexander Lau on March 5, 2013 at 7:08am

Great reminder for people, I've been on this for some time and it's reaped massive benefits in terms of SERPs.

Very easy to implement. This is being highly ignored, IMO. This is also a smack in the face to Facebook, pun intended! ;-) Google: "We still control the search world Suckerberg."

Google is basically telling everyone, publish your content through Google+ and claim it. We'll do out best to rank it the best way possible and provide a rank to you, which they love to do with all of their algorithms. Think PR.


BTW, you need to close your brackets here: 

What My Page Code Looked Like:

a href=”Your Page Generated URL” rel=”publisher”>Google+</a>


What My Page Code Looked Like:

/strong>a href=”Your Page Generated URL” rel=”publisher”>Google+</a>

Comment by Paul Green on March 4, 2013 at 9:54pm

I also had no idea that I even had a google author rank.

Comment by Big Tom LaPointe on March 2, 2013 at 10:07pm
Crap! Didn't know I HAD a google author rank! Thank u, though I suspect it won't be a pluser for my self esteem

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