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Kyle Peron

Google Authorship

Hi all,

I am trying to learn more about google Authorship and how to set it up properly. I have a google+ account and my own website. I am just wondering if Google authorship works better with a blog based site such as created with Wordpress or if it can be used on a normal HTML style site that is not really blog based at all.

I would love to set this up and do so in a way that works best and easiest for me. If anyone could point me in the right direction or has knowledge on what it can and can not do, that would be a huge help for me. 

It seems right now that a blog based site or a site built in Wordpress is what works best for google Authorship but I wanted to confirm that. Thanks.


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Hi Kyle, 

Authorship markup is supposed to be added to pages that are distinctively "articles" written by a certain individual - and where the "author" is in fact interesting and relevant to the article. It can be a blog post either in Blogger or WordPress or Joomla or anything - the "articleship" is the important. Not a website home page, contact page, services page or something similar. From this point of view, the software is in fact indifferent - although some website generators are indeed geared towards such a thing than others. 

In any case, some pointers you may be interested: 
This one is an "indirect" pointer - telling you why your authorship may not appear - but you can learn much from it: 
General info (maybe I should have started here): 

Also note the very first sentence from the "Authorship not appearing" article: "Google will only show authorship in search results when we think it will be useful to the user". I.e. if you are a scraper (sorry, not an accusation) of others' articles and just repost what you found on the internet, Google may find that it is extremely irrelevant (on your site) that you have author markup. And in general, you need to have built a certain, trusted authority in your field with highly relevant, high quality, unique content in order that your author rich snippet appears as often as possible (it can even depend on your being logged in, your G+ followers or not searching, the search query itself - if your content is relevant - or even language settings as we have confirmed during testing and experiments here). 

Well, have fun and once you decide to plunge, do not hesitate to come back here with your specific questions!
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Kyle Peron
This is wonderful and thank you so very much. I am a graphic designer and I design websites for others. Some of these clients have been asking me about Google Authorship and it got me interested in learning more about it myself. I am also an author and columnist so was trying to see how I could best utilize this and set it up correctly for that usage as well. This really helps.

So if I am understanding correctly, Google Authorship is really based more on a site that is a blog based site such as blogger.com or Wordpress etc.?

It probably will not function well on sites that i set up for folks as standard HTML Dreamweaver based sites?

In this light, it appears that if I set up a site in Blogger or Wordpress it would allow Authorship to more easily identify the author of each post or the author of the content being shared?

Is my thinking right?

Thank you so much as I really appreciate it. Thanks also for anyone else who chimes in to assist as I learn all i can.


It all depends on the content (if it is something "article like"), the inclination of the writer to place his/her name there as an author and the markup (this latter is just for technically create the authorship). 

I have a website (that I am no longer proud of so I have already put it into maintenance mode as you can see here: http://pozsarko.hu/) but lately I made an article "public" on it (bopring stuff: my thesis at law school in Hungarian) but (at least to me) the search shows my authorship: 
https://www.google.com/search?q=a+római+közjog+története/ (the keywords are: "the history of Roman public law"). 

So you can successfully add authorship to any kind of html page - with the "content limitation" (article sort of thing) and with the proper markup (for technical implementation). 

Certainly it's easier to add it to some blogging software types (especially if your clients are planning to keep publishing and you do not wish to add the markup manually each time) but that is not a prerequisite.
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Kyle Peron
Wonderful. This is super helpful.

So Authorship can be done on a standard website but it needs to be one that the page is more content heavy. Not like a splash page or a contact us page but something with true content attached to it?

Your Thesis page example is exactly what I am looking for. I assume that is a standard website you set up in HTML and not done as a blog site or a wordpress site. If so, May i ask how you set that up so Google Authorship would recognize it?

Cause how it is appearing on the Google search is exactly what i am after. It shows up nicely with your headline and content but not with a date or time stamp assigned to it.

I have a google + page set up to google authorship and I know I have to add code to whatever HTML page I want used for Authorship. Can you tell me what i can do to achieve the same results you got?

Thanks a million. This is a huge help and I am learning a ton here.

There IS a date stamp. Google displays the date of an article when it was last updated. 

This is actually coded at the very bottom of the page.

Well, the actual code is automated in php like this:

<span class="datemodified"><meta itemprop="dateModified" content="<?php echo "".date("Y-m-d",filectime("index.php"));?>"><?php echo "".date("Y. m. d.",filectime("index.php"));?></span>

And authorship is coded at the top where my name is mentioned (in a bit convoluted way as we put the family name first and the given name last in my language)

Here there is also a date stamp for the original creation but it seems Google is not that interested in it but the last update. :-)

You can inspect the whole source code structure to see what is going on with the markup - or test and analyse the page here: 


Grace Massa Langlois
Grace Massa Langlois
Good Morning Ken,

Please see this support page for more info about in-depth articles.

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