I wanted to add author information for my programming articles. I have added Google plus profile link to my site and followed further instructions by Google.

In that Google had mentioned that from the article there should be a link to Google plus profile and a link back in Google plus contributor section to that articles. I have a section in my website which generates content from database. So when ever an article has been added from the admin site it appears in the front end, like a blog.

I was reading this blob http://www.buuteeq.com/blog/googles-authorship-markup-author-vs-publisher/ which insisted i create a link back.

In this case how do I add link back in Google plus contributor section? is just linking from my website to Google plus enough?

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In this case how do i add link back in Google plus contributor section? is just linking from my website to Google plus enough?

Absolutely! Simply link to their Google Plus account, ensure that you only ever have one link on a page at a time otherwise it doesn't work, you can read more by using the link below (No need to do option 1). If you don't want to use a link then you will need to confirm each publisher on your Google account.

Author information in search results

Create a link to your Google+ profile from your webpage, like this:

<a href="[profile_url]?rel=author">Google</a>

Replace [profile_url] with the your Google+ profile URL, like this:

<a href="https://plus.google.com/109412257237874861202?

Your link must contain the ?rel=author parameter. If it's missing, Google won't be able to associate your content with your Google+ profile. Add a reciprocal link back from your profile to the site(s) you just updated.

Edit the Contributor To section. In the dialog that appears, click Add custom link, and then enter the website URL. If you want, click the drop-down list to specify who can see the link. Click Save.

To see what author data Google can extract from your page, use the structured data testing tool.

  • An alternative markup is <a href="[profile_url]" rel="author">Some text here</a>
    – user28131
    Commented May 20, 2013 at 1:29
  • how updated is this?
    – azerafati
    Commented May 22, 2016 at 13:17
  • Many ways, depends on what content management system you use, or static files. Commented May 22, 2016 at 14:05
  • I mean to say, from 2013 is this tag still valid and works?
    – azerafati
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 8:19
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    @azerafati Google dropped support to Authorship in SERPs since 2014. As per my research you can drop "rel=author" since google said it is now ignored. But you shall use "rel=me" to link to your different profiles (twitter, facebook, g+, etc) and use "rel=publisher" to link your G+ business page.
    – JrBenito
    Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 13:50

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