• Thanks for the info, I was looking for the author’s bio because the post was all about authorship but I found none. Or maybe I just failed to locate it. I thought that rel=author will just give me a mug shot on the search engines but now I know that this gives me more than just good seo. But, I am doing it differently though in my WordPress blog. Instead of placing the code to every pages of my blog post, I use plug in for authorship, is that ok? Do I get the same benefit still?

    • Hi Alice – apologies for not replying to your comment sooner. I’ve looked at your site and done a few test Google searches and the authorship looks like it’s working fine. You can always test this yourself by pasting the url of your posts into Google’s structured data testing tool following the steps in this post.

      The Google Plus Authorship plugin is indeed ok – using it has the same end result of adding the html snippet to in the head section of your posts. I used another solution mainly because I didn’t want to add yet another plugin!

  • Great post Gavin! I spent the last two hours trying to figure this out. If I had just found this post sooner I would have been done in 10 minutes.

  • Hi Gavin
    Thanks for this…. Question- is there an SEO plugin for blogs on wordpress.com aswell as .org?

    And, obviously Google loves Google, but is Google+ the only social network you can do this with?

    Thanks x

    • Hi Katie. Plugins don’t exist in WordPress.com – plugins only apply to self-hosted WordPress sites. You might be interested in this post: All about SEO on WordPress.com, which answers lots of FAQs.

      I haven’t looked at showing authorship in MS Bing search results yet (or even if this is possible). Anyone else tried it?

  • Hi Gavin,

    I appreciate the article. I’m having trouble getting the results you described with All in One SEO plugin and multi-author sites. I’ve set up the Google Plus URLs for myself and another contributor, but neither are showing up in the Google Structured Data Testing Tool. Here are two article links by the two authors I’ve set up Google Profile URLs for:

    Thanks for any advice you can offer.

    • Hi Brandon,

      Looking at the source code of those two pages, the expected markup stating the author is missing from the head section. This would explain why you’re not seeing any changes in the Google Structured Data Testing Tool.

      I recommend checking the Google Profile URLs are definitely saved in each user’s profile under Contact Info (step 3 in the last section of this post).

      If all is well with the plugin settings, you should be able to see something similar to the following in the head of your page source:

       <!-- All in One SEO Pack 2.1.4 by Michael Torbert of Semper Fi Web Design -->
      <link rel="author" href="https://plus.google.com/yourid/" />
  • I have applied the plug-in settings thank you very much for the information you give