Google Authorship Is No More
The end of Google Authorship was announced by John Mueller on August 28th 2014. From now on, Google will no longer be tracking rel=author and rel=me links back to your Google+ Profile is order to establish authorship of a page.
What Does This Mean For AuthorSure?
AuthorSure’s primary purpose was Google Authorship. This is no longer relevant.
AuthorSure On A Single Author Site
If you have a single author site you should deactivate the plugin unless you are using AuthorSure to add one of these features:
- a “topper” section to archive pages to give the page significant keyword rich unique content
- a “last updated” rich snippet to archive pages
- user profiles for Facebook, Flickr, Google Plus, Linked In, Pinterest, Twitter YouTube and Skype with an optional Skype status icon which can show if you are online or not
AuthorSure On A Multiple Author Site
If you have multiple authors on your site, you should deactivate AuthorSure unless you are using some of AuthorSure’s features for managing authors’ profiles:
- Extended Bio on the Author Archive page with full HTML, images, video, etc
- Author Box with avatar and short bio at the foot of each post
- Shortcode to display directory of author boxes for all authors
- Shortcode to display author box for the current author
- Shortcode to display author profile links for the current author i
- Ability to mark external links as rel=nofollow in author boxes on posts, pages or the author directory listing
- Ability to strip external links from author boxes on posts, pages or the author directory listing
- Ability to mark external links as rel=nofollow from author bios (on the author bio page)
- Ability to strip external links from author bios (on the author bio page)
AuthorSure Made Google Authorship Easy
Way back in the day, before August 28th 2014, AuthorSure made it easy to implement Google’s authorship markup on your WordPress site. All you needed to do was download and install the plugin, and then sign up to the free membership site to get access to tutorials to help you set things up perfectly on your site. AuthorSure worksed for single and multi-author sites, and you can control the specific posts, pages, category, tag and other taxonomy archive pages for which you want to apply Google authorship.
Once Google has verified your authorship then you will starting building your Author Rank. Google aims to include Author Rank in its algorithms which can result in higher rankings and more traffic for authors producing what Google regards as authoritative content.
We believe it is worthwhile achieving Google authorship however the reward is no longer a listing with your face as some benefits of Google Authorship remain.
|Plugin Description:||Makes it easy to set up Google authorship on the best articles on your site.|
|Requirements:||Requires at least PHP Version 5.2.4|
|Plugin Author :||Russell Jamieson|
|Download Link :||Download AuthorSure from WordPress.Org|
|Current Version :||2.2 (updated 18-May-2014)|
- AuthorSure works with both single and multiple author WordPress websites and blog
- You get a choice of locations to place your rel=”author” markup
- AuthorSure automatically inserts a rel=”me” back to the Google Profile page
- Configures author archive pages with title, short or extended biography, and more.
- Has controls so you can suppress author information where it is not required on a page-by-page basis on posts, pages and custom post types such as landing pages or thank you pages
- Furthermore AuthorSure can add rel=”publisher” on the home page so the company or brand is registered as the site publisher with Google
- Everything is explained via a series of videos (please sign up to access these) that help show the various ways the plugin can be configured to work with different themes
What Do You Want To Do?
- Install AuthorSure
- Learn More About Google Authorship Markup
- Which Method Should I Use To Verify Authorship?
- Method 1: Set Up AuthorSure Using Links In The Post Byline
- Method 2: Set Up AuthorSure Using Rich Snippets At The Foot Of Each Post
- Method 3: Set Up AuthorSure Using An Author Box At The Foot Of Each Post
- Method 4: Set Up AuthorSure For A Single Author Blog
- Get Help With AuthorSure
- Get WordPress Training