FLOWCHART: How to Troubleshoot Issues with Google Authorship
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FLOWCHART: How to Troubleshoot Issues with Google Authorship FLOWCHART: How to Troubleshoot Issues with Google Authorship Infographic Transcript

  • How to Troubleshoot Authorship Issues Which authorship Which authorship method did you use? method did you use? Content Link While Google often can infer the While Google often can infer the author, it’s important to have author, it’s important to have the author’s name appear on the the author’s name appear on the page. Try adding a byline. page. Try adding a byline. email yes Does your name in the byline link to an author bio page on your website? no Does your content have a clear byline (ex: by Janet Miller) No No While Google often can infer the While Google often can infer the author, it’s important to have author, it’s important to have the author’s name appear on the the author’s name appear on the page. Try adding a byline. page. Try adding a byline. Submit your email to Google via Submit your email to Google via its authorship form at: https:// its authorship form at: https:// plus.google.com/authorship plus.google.com/authorship yes Is your name in the byline linked to your Google+ Profile? no Does your email match your content’s domain? In order for this authorship In order for this authorship method to work, the email must method to work, the email must match the content’s domain. match the content’s domain. Use the schema option instead. Use the schema option instead. No Do you have a byline in your content? yes yes yes Authorship requires a linking Authorship requires a linking loop -- a link to your Google+ loop -- a link to your Google+ Profile and a link back to your Profile and a link back to your site from Google+. Link to site from Google+. Link to your profile with a rel=author your profile with a rel=author parameter to complete the loop. parameter to complete the loop. yes Did you submit your email address via Google’s authorship form? Does your bio page have a link to your Google+ profile? yes The rel=author tag or parameter The rel=author tag or parameter identifies for Google who the identifies for Google who the author is. Add this to your link. author is. Add this to your link. Does the link to the Google+ Profile also include the URL parameter ?rel=author or rel=author in the a href tag? No yes yes Authorship requires a linking Authorship requires a linking loop -- a link to your Google+ loop -- a link to your Google+ Profile and a link back to your Profile and a link back to your site from Google+. Add the site site from Google+. Add the site to the Contributor To section on to the Contributor To section on your Google+ profile. your Google+ profile. No Did you add this website to your “Contributor to” section on your Google+ profile? yes Does your name on the content match exactly to your Google+ Profile name? No Your profile name and your Your profile name and your name on the content must name on the content must match exactly. For instance, match exactly. For instance, Janet Miller and Jan Miller Janet Miller and Jan Miller are not considered the same are not considered the same person. Try matching the names. person. Try matching the names. No Google can be picky about Google can be picky about author photos. Be sure your author photos. Be sure your Google+ Profile photo shows Google+ Profile photo shows your entire face and isn’t your entire face and isn’t offensive. offensive. yes Does your Google+ Profile picture show a clear picture of your whole face? yes Your Google+ profile needs Your Google+ profile needs to be public for authorship to to be public for authorship to work. You can check this at: work. You can check this at: http://plus.google.com/me/ http://plus.google.com/me/ about/edit about/edit No Google will only Google will only show one author show one author one time per one time per search result search result page. Be sure page. Be sure your snippet isn’t your snippet isn’t already appearing already appearing elsewhere on the elsewhere on the search results search results page. page. yes Does the Google structured data testing tool show an authorship snippet? No Did you just post the content very recently (ex: past day)? If your content is behind a login If your content is behind a login wall, this could also be an issue, wall, this could also be an issue, as Google may not be able to as Google may not be able to index the content and complete index the content and complete the authorship loop. the authorship loop. Is your Google+ Profile public? yes No Does the section marked “Authorship Testing Result” show a Google+ profile link? yes No Did you use the site: operator to see the snippet in Google search results? Yes Is your content indexable by Google? Yes Yes Authorship will Authorship will not always show not always show for those results. for those results. Instead try a search Instead try a search for the keywords or for the keywords or title of your piece title of your piece of content. of content. Google needs to Google needs to index the content index the content to include it in to include it in search results. search results. Check your page Check your page for “noindex” and for “noindex” and your robots.txt for your robots.txt for disallow pages. disallow pages. Is your content behind a login wall or form? No Does an authorship snippet appear in a test search in Google? No It may take It may take some time for some time for authorship authorship information to information to appear in Google appear in Google web search web search results. Wait a results. Wait a few days and then few days and then check again. check again. No yes No yes Congratulations! Your Authorship appears to be set up and working correctly! Design and content by: in conjunction with: Learn more at: http://selnd.com/authorship-tips