Google Authorship Checklist [Infographic]

Hello everyone, in my last post (Google authorship not working) we’ve seen the step by step process I had to go through to make it work on my blogs (yes, all of em). I thought it would be easier if I bring an infographic for the same. Not sure if I’ve missed something. Please feel free to point it out if you find something isn’t here. I hope this answers the common Google authorship problems.

Google Authorship

Click here to download the full quality infographic.

The last screenshot shown inside the infographic is taken today. As you can see, it shows the profile picture I’ve in my Google+ account. That was another infographic which I’ve created to show how to sell online or how to begin selling online. Looking forward for your thoughts on this one. Please let me know if you would like me to work on a specific topic and design an infographic. I will bring it asap. :-)

Btw, here is the transcript of the infographic:

Why Google Authorship Is Not Working? A Checklist

What is Google Authorship: In simple words, it is a solution the Google came up with to connect a piece of content to its original author. Author ranking is still in its infancy and by setting up your authorship, you will be ahead of the rest.

Why Google Authorship: Having your picture with the content that appears in search results adds more authority and credibility. It gets you better click through rates and makes your content stand out. Studies show an increase of clicks by 150% after adding Google authorship to websites.

Before we begin: Do you have a Google+ profile to claim your authorship? If not it’s easy: simply visit to get started.

Here is A simple checklist to make Google Authorship work

Do you have a profile photo with a recognizable headshot in your Google+ account? This photo appears in search results next to your content.

Have you made sure you have a by-line, containing your name (exactly as it appears in your Google+ profile), in the pages you’ve published?

Have you added your blog or website you publish on to the “Contributor To” section in your profile?

Is your profile visibility set to public? (Make sure the Profile discovery option Help others discover my profile in search results is unchecked)

Have you verified your author email? If not visit and verify it (add the email address on the same domain as your content).

Did you connect your content to your Google+ profile?

i.e. you need to create a link to your Google+ profile from your webpage, like this:

  <a href=”[your_gplus_profile_url]?rel=author”>Google</a>

  <a href=”[your_gplus_profile_url]?   rel=author”>Google</a>

Have you verified your Google Authorship set-up is correct?

Visit to test it. If any of the test results contain red text, that indicates something is not configured correctly and you’d need to fix it.

If your answer is YES to all the above questions, Google authorship is set-up perfectly on your website. Simply wait for a few days for Google to show it in search results.

*Please note that Google doesn’t guarantee that your authorship will be visible in search results.

Infographic created by Mervik Haums using THIS TOOL.

Thank you and have a great day.

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A proud, blessed and ordinary human being from God's own country. Developer by accident; thinker/writer while wandering (I'm sorry, I do that a lot, lol); photographer while exploring new places; ...and a social media strategist when I'm on Google+ :-)

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