Google Plus Authorship

Google Plus Profile Picture appear in Google Search. Integrate Google Plus Profile with WordPress. Make your website come up in Google.

Including Google authorship for multiple authors and for wordpress multisite

Just 3 easy steps to process:

  1. Install Google Plus Authorship
  2. Enter Google Plus Profile URL in Profile Page (found on your wp-admin panel under “Users” menu).
    (example G+ profile url:
  3. Post a link back from Google Plus Profile to Your blog:
    3.1. Go to
    3.2. Click on “Profile” icon from left panel
    3.3. Click on the blue button “Edit profile” (on the right top of the page)
    3.4. On the bottom of the page there is “Contributor to” – click on it.
    3.5. Click on “Add custom link” and add link to blog post from your blog.

You can check and confirm this steps using google webmaster richnippets tester:
1. Enter url to one of your blog posts.
2. Click on “Preview”

Have in mind that some WordPress templates are not well written and doesn’t use native WP functions to create author links.

To fix this edit your theme and add one of the following code exaples:

echo get_the_author_link()       (“echo” is required to work)
the_author_posts_link()         (“echo” is not required)

89 Responses to “Google Plus Authorship”

  1. Георги says:

    Евала! Гениален плъгин си направил! Сложих го и веднага тръгна 🙂
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  2. Sultan says:

    Excuse me, but how do I “post a link back from Google Plus Profile to Your Current Website”?

  3. Марто says:

    1. Go to your “Profile”
    2. Hit on “Edit profile”
    3. On the bottom of “Edit profile” page you can see “Contributor to” section – hit on it.
    4. Click on “Add custom link” and add link to one of your blog posts (not to home page, but one of your blog posts).

    You can check and confirm on this page:

    1. Enter url to one of your blog posts.
    2. Click on “Preview”

    If all is ok you will see your picture bellow this form.

  4. Adam says:

    Great plugin, works perfectly thankyou!

  5. Ken says:

    It isn’t working for me. I followed the directions exactly.

    I tested it with the Rich Snippet Tool, and it’s not picking the author information. I tested the home page and individual blog posts. There is no authorship information for either.
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  6. Ken says:

    It’s working now. I had the beginning of the address as “https://” instead of just “http://”. Thanks!
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  7. Jamie Rose says:

    This worked perfectly on one site for me, but doesnt work at all (apart from my profike page) on another ( – am I doing something?

    Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.


  8. Марто says:

    Your blog template doesn’t use native WP functions to create author links.

  9. Jamie Rose says:

    Thanks for the quick response sir. Does this mean I must manually add the code to all pages? Is there an easy fix or must i change my theme?

  10. Марто says:

    You can edit the theme template where you need google authorship and add native wp function required for creating author link.

  11. where is the edit profile please i can’t see it and where do I get the google profile url?
    is that the url shown like this?

  12. Jamie Rose says:

    Thanks for the quick response. Much appreciated.

  13. Virgil says:

    Hi Dear friends,

    I have tried to use the google authorship plug in i did every step but it does not seem to work … When i test it with the google tool it does not show my picture .. wht can it be..?


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  14. Laura says:


    Just tried to implement on my site ( and it’s not working – any ideas?


  15. removed does not work on my site

  16. Марто says:

    Laura, your wordpress template doesn’t show any author information.

    Google Plus Authorship plugins relies on wordpress function used for creating author link in post page.

    To include google plus author link add this php code to your posts template:

    < ?php echo get_the_author_link();?>

  17. Geoff says:

    There are a couple of bugs to report:

    1. When you view the HTML, it says “title=’Google Plus Profile for +'” when viewing the Google+ link. This is because you’ve assigned $author_name = “+”; in the plugin code.

    2. The + symbol (link to Google+ profile) is appearing even if you leave the Author’s Google+ profile information empty. It should have a if/then switch to ensure it doesn’t display for those WordPress authors who haven’t got an entry in their profile.

  18. Yair says:

    “2. Enter Google Profile URL in Profile Page”
    -can you explain how to do this? I’m a WP beginner.

    I did steps 1 and 3.

  19. Yair says:

    Ok – I figured it out. I added the G+ profile to my User Profile, but it’s still not working 🙁
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  20. Yair says:

    Ok – looks like it’s working now

    but not showing up in google searches. guess i just have to wait?
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  21. Hope I’m not being completely stupid but hope someone can help. This just isn’t working.

    I installed the plugin.

    I posted a link from a page of my blog to my G+ Profile under the contributor bit.

    I posted a link to my G+ Profile on WordPress, Users, Google+ Profile

    I checked for a pic on Google Webmaster tools and NOTHING. No pic.

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  22. Марто says:

    Stephen, did you edit Google Plus authorship plugin settings?

  23. Laura says:

    Well, we added the php get author thing, which apparently won’t stay…

    It’s odd that some profiles work and others don’t. Please help!
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  24. Марто says:

    Laura, did you edit google plus settings in your blog for all blog members?

  25. Laura says:

    I have added it to two, and now one works and one doesn’t, but they are set up exactly the same way.
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  26. Mapto – I haven’t edited any settings on the plugin no. Please help.
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  27. Марто says:

    Stephen Johnson, did you do all steps from first post?

  28. Yeah it took two minutes.

    Installed and activated the plugin

    Went to WordPress, User then put my G profile in the box that asked for it

    Went to G+ profile – edit – add stream by the contributor box and then pasted a link to a random article.

    Then checked under snippets tool for my picture and nothing showed.

    🙁 Thanks for quick responses.
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  29. Марто says:

    Stephen Johnson, go to Theme editor in wp-admin, and view post template. Does it use one of this functions to create author link:
    echo get_the_author_link()       (“echo” is required to work)
    the_author_posts_link()         (“echo” is not required)

    If it doesn’t use it tell me what’s the function it uses or it doesn’t use at all you have to add custom link or replace the link with one of the above wp functions.

  30. I went into Edit themes – single post (single.php) and there is no cod that says:


    Or anything similar.

    Where do I add a custom link and what is one of those. Sorry 🙁
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  31. Марто says:

    Stephen, there has to be some code that prints the author for this post. Replace it with:

    < ?php echo get_the_author_link(); ?>

    (no space between < and ?)

  32. Jody Murphy says:

    Love the possibilities of this plugin. I’m strugging to get the thing to work. I’ve set up the 3 steps and I see the photo in the preview/test of Google site, but I think the theme (ancient) isn’t cooperating. I replaced the the_author_posts_link() segment in the posts code with what you said — .

    When I check the source for the post I’m monitoring ( there is no link rel=”author” href=”″ showing up.

    Suggestions? Thanks in advance.
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  33. Марто says:

    Jody Murphy, where did you place the_author_posts_link()? Can you show me some lines of source code before and after?

  34. Jody Murphy says:

    I apologize. I’m trying to paste in the code, but it doesn’t seem to be taking. I uploaded here:×578.png

    Hope that helps.

  35. Марто says:

    Jody, add “echo” before “get_the_author_link()”. The code hase to look like this:

    < ?php echo get_the_author_link();?>

  36. Lisa says:

    Hi, thanks for the information. I am having the same difficulty as the people above. In my theme I had the_author_posts_link() and after reading the comments here I have changed it to . Still nothing is happening, can you offer advice? Thanks
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  37. Jody Murphy says:

    Good morning! Still not working after adding “echo” to the line of code. See the revised here:

    I’m sorry for all the troubleshooting, but it’s nice to know others are having the same problem and once it gets working, we’ll all be closer to success. 😉 Thanks again!

  38. Марто says:

    Jody, send me screenshot from your wordpress edit profile page to

  39. Jody Murphy says:

    Thanks, Martin. I sent this morning. Screenshot and text code. May the force be with you. 😉

  40. Gaurav says:

    I Just used this plugin on my blog !!

    It’s working! But, sometimes the picture does not shows up. So, let me know if I am doing something wrong!!

    Thank You,

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  41. Марто says:

    Gaurav, if your photo appears at google richsnippets tool – all is ok. Your photo will be shown in google search results only when google decide it’s suitably – it depends on search query and google saerch algorithms.

  42. Erika says:

    Just want a clarification: I did all the steps, and the photo appears in the google richsnippets tool, but does NOT show up when I do a google search for the same subject (even if my blog post is #1 or #2 in the rankings). Is that a problem with google or do I need to do something else?
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  43. Марто says:

    Erika, look at the comment made before yours.

    They are two things:
    1. It takes some time google to start showing your photo in search results.
    2. Only Google knows it’s algorithms and when your photo will be shown and when not.

  44. Erika says:

    I thought so, I just wanted to confirm. Thanks for letting us know!
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  45. jcohen says:

    Thanks for the plugin. Does this mean that to work, each time you write a post on your blog, you then have to go back to your G+ profile page and add the url of the post to the Contributor section? Seems like there should be an “automatic” way to do this.


  46. Ankit says:

    This is a great plugin. I was bit confused and helpless regarding google plus authorship. This one really helped me thnx..

  47. Great plugin, thank you. Easy to setup, worth noting that you can’t use this with a Google Plus page it has to be an individual.

  48. Peter says:

    Confused…..what does this from the comment above mean?
    Great plugin, thank you. Easy to setup, worth noting that you can’t use this with a Google Plus page it has to be an individual.

    I’ve done everything suggested but my hair continues to fall out with frustration. I’ve got several ‘post’ templates so don’t know which to look into. Either way they all look like gobbledegook to me.
    The site is my blog as above and he theme is Local Biz Pro

    I’m off to buy a wig.


  49. Martin says:

    Hi There,

    first thanks for this plugin. This saved me a lot of work. I have it running on my blog.

    I did everything just like it is written above. When I check my site with google richsnippet…


    .. it tells me everything is allright and the author pictures appears.

    But when I finally google my homepage or a specific article nothing shows up? Any Idea why is that? I have the plugin running since 1 week.



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