The domain for his website is goldcoastitsupport.com which is going to rank well anyway for a search like ‘Gold Coast IT Support’, providing his site is not just spam or a doorway with advertising.
For the past week, the site has been appearing in the top 10 for the search “Gold Coast IT Support”. Today it’s settled at number 5, and it’s authorship is now displaying.
Authorship is a great way to improve site visibility and Click-Through-Rates in the SERPs (Search Engine Result Page). Since it was made available in 2011, Authorship listings have been popping up in Google’s Results, and if you want to join in the fun, pay attention to the rest of this post.
The official method for verifying your authorship is detailed here: https://plus.google.com/authorship
Notice how the domain is plus.google.com? This means that you’ll need your Google Plus account. Don’t have one? Sign up and get circling. You can’t have Authorship without Google Plus.
1. Edit Your Google Plus Profile
Once you’ve signed into Google Plus, add your email address to your profile. Make sure that this email is on the same domain as the website that you want to set up authorship on. For example, I’m the author of Shopsafe.co, so my email address will be email@example.com
Click Save, and then click Done Editing.
Click Verify next to your address to receive your email from Google Plus.
Once you’ve followed the link in the email, you should see a tick next to your email on your profile.
Next, edit your ‘Contributor To’ section to include your website. Make sure that you match it exactly. If your website URL is www.yourwebsite.com, and you add it to your ‘Contributor To’ section as http://yourwebsite.com, then this won’t help with verification.
2. Edit Your Website
Now you’ll want to insert the following code onto every page that features your content. Because I am the only contributor to my site, I’ve added it to my header code so that it appears across the site.
<link rel="author" href="[profile_url]"/>
Replace [profile_url] with your Google Plus Profile address, it should look like this:
<link rel="author" href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/102541318227726465065/"/>
Google’s Authorship Guidelines also state that you should have a byline on each page that features your full name as it appears on your Google+ Profile. I’m not sure if this is necessary in all cases. I have a few pages that have authorship without a byline, but it doesn’t hurt your chances for verification if you do include it.
3. Check Your Verification
Use this link to check your website, or any page on your site, to see whether Google knows you are the author.
If you have set it up correctly, you should see something similar to this:
You can easily confirm authorship of any page by making a new bookmark and pasting the following piece of code into the link address:
Click this bookmark from any page, and you can see whether that page has a verified author.
It’s taken about 10 days for profile images to appear in Google Plus for site’s that I’ve verified so far. Check how Google is displaying your results by searching for site:yourwebaddress.com in Google Search.
Click here to read my post about Google Plus Page publisher verification