Setting Up AuthorSure for Single Author Blogs

If you have a blog with a single author who writes all the content, and you are using the WordPress menu system, then you can use the About page on the menu to specify the rel=”author” link.

AuthorSure will then place the author’s Google+ profile at the foot of the About page.

An Example Site

This is a screenshot of the “about page” with the profile information below .

Screenshot of author page with contact information including link to Google Plus profile at the foot of the page

Setting up the Menu Link

This is a screenshot of the WordPress menu administration where you set up the link with rel=”author”.

Screenshot of setting up the About page menu link with rel=author

When To Use the Rel=Author Menu Link

This menu linking method is appropriate when:

  • you have just one author on your site;
  • you are using the WordPress menu system
  • you don’t want to put an author box on every page on your site;
  • your WordPress theme does not provide rel=”author” links in the post byline

AuthorSure Settings

When you select ‘menu’ as the method of identifying the author there are two settings:

  1. choose the primary author
  2. choose which page is your about page (the one where you added “author” as the link relationship

Screenshot of AuthorSure admin page when menu is selected as the method of identifying the author


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  1. This is a pretty slick plugin. Thanks for the good documentation here.

  2. I have everything set up and working but my photo is not showing up on my Bio on my about page. It’s all set up according to the above instructions for a single author/user.

    My picture is uploaded in my user file showing one large image and a thumbnail. The bio is showing everything as set up in my user profile.

    Please advise and thank you.

  3. Hello there,

    Thank you for this plug-in. I have set up Author sure like you explain here but i don’t show the “author box” (with my face and bio) in my blog posts. Is it normal ?
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  4. Hi Russell – I am having a bit of problem wonder if you could help please. Great plug in by the way!

    On my wordpress I am using WPLook. My bio appears on all my posts however when I click on my name in the bio to go to the bio page I created it just post over my header no even on my blog.

    I been trying different methods sitll no fix what can I do?

    Thanks a “Million”

  5. Hello Russell,

    Great plugin! I seem to have the basics setup as Rich Snippets shows my profile pic, but I am a bit confused about two things:

    1. shows my archives but no description or social profiles.

    2. shows my meta description and profiles, but no recent posts.

    How can I combine both into one page?

    Thank you!

  6. Hi Russell,

    Is there any way to show up the author avatar in home page excepts too?

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    • Hi Sreejesh,

      AuthorSure is designed to only put one AuthorBox (or rel=author link) on each page.

      On an archive page or home page you have multiple posts so it not clear how Google interprets a page with multiple author links.

      Many themes will add an author avatar in the byline for each post excerpt so my suggestion would be to use a WordPress theme that does this for you. With Genesis, Thesis or Hybrid then this is all pretty straightforward.


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  7. chrisgreene100 says:

    Is it possible to insert hyperlinks in the authorbox? when I manually insert the html code for a link in the “About The user” section, it is removed when saved.

  8. Hi,

    These are warnings which you can safely ignore. They exist because the post is missing the last updated date.

    If you use the AuthorSure “footnote” method then a byline can be added to the foot of the post: “Last updated by author(with link) on Date and there will be no warnings in the Google Rich Snippets Tool
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  9. Hi there!

    You were so helpful to me last time, I wonder if I might ask you another question. I seem to have lost the photo connection to my Authorsure box (and I also can’t find out where to edit the bio). I don’t seem to be able to fix these two things so I’m wondering:

    a) if you can help me with the above, or
    b) if disabling the box will cause me to lose my “rel=author” settings, and if I do this, which option should I choose instead. I have the Thesis theme.

    Thank you!
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  10. I enabled plugin, chose ‘author box’ and added my Google + page. The short bio shows at the base of each post as required but if I click on my name ‘About Toni’ I see the short Bio at the top but of ….author/Toni with posts below but ‘Here are my most recent posts’ are only displayed in the ‘recent posts’ widget to the right!

    I also cant seem to get Google + to validate the page even though I had added some URL’s including the ‘author. Would appreciate some help as I signed up to your site but then couldn’t log in. ‘authorization required’!
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  11. Hi,
    I am using the Boilerplate theme, and the google plus icon is not showing up in the about me page:
    is there a conflict with this specific theme?
    also, the archive page: does not show my profile image or social media icons. why is that?

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  12. dkrfeatherston says:

    Being a single author site, I have tried using this method to establish G+ authorship on my site with no luck.

    Firstly, when using the RichSnippetsTool to confirm having worked I get;
    Automatically detected author name on webpage: Not Found.

    and secondly the “contact method labels” other than the G+ are not showing up on my “about author” page>> I have labeled Contact Us.
    Hope you can help as I’m no expert, haha.

  13. Hi

    I installed the plugin and got issues with the website because of too many redirects. After deleting the plugin everything worked again. Not sure what happened but was not too happy :(.
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    • Hi Sandra,

      AuthorSure does not do any redirects – it only use standard WordPress functions such as get_avatar.

      I note you are using the Equilibrium theme and that you are running an out of date version of jQuery, 1.6.2, whereas WordPress comes with 1.10.2 so you are a couple of years out of date.

      All I can suggest is that your WordPress theme, or your .htaccess file, or a plugin is doing a redirect, and an AuthorSure call such as get_avatar() might be falling into that trap.

      Debugging this is typically time consuming. First thing to try is temporarily changing theme and seeing if that makes a difference. Then it that is not the issue, then trying disabling all plugins then add AuthorSure, then add plugins one at a time until it stops working.

      If it does not work with AuthorSure, no other plugins, and TwentyThirteen then your .htaccess, web server configuration is the issue.

      It is just a painstaking exercise to find out where there incompatibility lies.
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  14. Sir,

    I have download this plugin. I need one small clarification. Does it add rel=author to archive page if i enable the check box? If yes, then is it good or bad? Please update…
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    • AuthorSure will add a “Last Updated By” with rel=”author” either at the top or the bottom of your archive pages.

      This is a really good feature if you are leveraging tag and a category archive pages on your site by writing engaging “toppers” that introduce that the topic as your archive pages with be the best performing pages on your site in the SERPS after the home page.
      Russell recently posted..AuthorSure Minimum RolesMy Profile

  15. says:

    Hey there,

    I have installed the plugin using the Menu method as described. When checking the rich snipit tool authorship mark-up works for the home page and the about us page but not for any other page? I set up on another site the exact same way and all urls show correct markup. Not sure what is happening with this other site.

    • Chad, Please supply your URL and I will take a look. Without seeing it, the most likely cause is that you have NOT added “author” in the Link relationship for the “About” menu entry.
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  16. Hi! This seems like a great plug-in. Thank you for your hard work on it!
    My blog uses the Dusk to Dawn theme, which does not have an author byline option. I thought I configured the AuthorSure settings correctly, but the byline isn’t showing up on my posts — only on my pages. What is the likely cause of this?
    Thank you for your time!

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