People all over the world are creating great content on the web, and we work hard to make that content discoverable on Google. But for users to get the best answers to their questions, it’s also important to be able to connect them with the people who are behind the amazing content on the web. To light up the people behind the webpages, we wanted to start highlighting the people creating this content in Google.com search results. People discovering information on the web often want to learn more about who created it, see other content by them, and even interact with them.
Why did they create Authorship? “By seeing the person associated with the content instead of just a link, users can have an easier time engaging with the person behind the content, while at the same time more easily identifying high-quality content of interest to them.” SagarKamdar, Google Product Manager July 2012
Digital signature =Your picture in search results Look, mom! It’s me!
Wait two weeks …it didn’t work?1. Link directly to the blog post Change the “Contributor to” link so it links directly to the actual post, rather than the general blog address2. Verify your email address in G+3. Rich snippets testing tool Enter the URL or HTML here: http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/richsnippets
How to measure SEOresults for ALL your posts Author Stats
Search VolumeTextResource: Google Keyword Tool
CompetitionThe phrase is highly competitive if all thesites on the first page of Google…• Are famous (wikipedia, etc.)• Have a higher domain authority than you*• Have title tags that begin with the keyphrase• Lots of AdWords ads *see Open Site Explorer
Your Picture: It’s gotta be you "Your Profile Picture cannot include mature or offensive content. For example, do not use a photo that is a close-up of a person’s buttocks or cleavage.”Source: http://www.google.com/+/policy/content.html
Solid colored backgrounds work wellSource: Distilled.net
The future of search is social. The identity of individual [author] responsible for content can be used to influence search ratings. Assuming that a given [author] has a high reputational score, representing an established reputation for authoring valuable content, then additional content authored and signed by that [author] will be promoted relative to unsigned content or content from less reputable [authors] in search results. Source: USPTO Google Agent Rank Patent (patent number 7565358)
Need more help?Orbit Blog: http://www.orbitmedia.com/blog/google-authorship-author-stats