How to verify Google+ Authorship – Display picture in search results – WordPress SEO

I’d like to enable the Google+ authorship on another website that I manage. Up to this point I assumed the authorship attribute was already configured. I just ran the Google+ Structured Data Testing Tool and found the following result.

Google+ Author

Good thing I double-checked. Its suppose to look like the following.

Google+ AuthorTo troubleshoot this issue, I figured that I’d start at the begin and work through all the steps. For WordPress websites, they are only a few things needed to have your Google+ profile picture appear in the search results. Below are the steps.

Step 1. Create a Google+ account and upload an image of yourself.
Step 2. Create a Google Webmaster Tools account and add your website.
Step 3. From your Google+ profile, go to the “About” page. Enter your website address in the “Contributor to” field.
Step 4. Log back into your Webmaster Tools account and verify the link request.
Step 5. Using a plugin such as WordPress SEO by Yoast, go to Social > Google+ and fully enable the option.
Step 6. Add your Google+ page information to your user account in WordPress.

Dashboard > SEO > Social > Google+

Google+ Authorship

Dashboard > Users > Your Profile

Google AuthorshipI discovered the reason why my picture wasn’t showing up in the Google search results. I overlooked step 5. As soon as I enter my Google Publisher Page and selected the option to allow my Google+ profile to appear on the homepage, it starting working. Hope this help you as well.


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