Google Authorship Markup, How It Worked On My WordPress

By On August 17, 2011 • Search Engine Optimization Comments (10)

Tons of changes is coming in Google, one of the most anticipated is Authorship. Authorship Markup was announced on the official google webmaster central blog, June 07, 2011. Google now supports markups standards such as HTML5, rel=”author” and XFN, rel=”me”. It’s a move made by Google that highlight great authors together with their great content. We all know that Google is becoming proactive in Social Media and this is one step wherein they use public data in search results.

So here’s how I applied it on my SEO Blog. First thing you need is these 3 codes.

#1.<link type=”text/plain” rel=”author” href=”” />

#2. WordPress Bio with <a href=”” rel=”me”> (that is my Google+ profile)

#3. WordPress strips the code “REL” when you apply it on your bio, so I searched for a code to allow “REL” html property be functional and I got one great resource from Joost De Valk.

function yoast_allow_rel() {
global $allowedtags;
$allowedtags['a']['rel'] = array ();
add_action( ‘wp_loaded’, ‘yoast_allow_rel’ );


Now, here’s how I did it:

STEP 1. I used the code#3 and I inserted it on the Functions.php inside my wordpress files(folder). This will allow me to use REL property on the Biography info part of my wordpress blog

STEP 2 – On the picture above. I define my Google+ profile as me using rel=”me” and this one is required. I added code #2 on on my bio profile.

STEP 3 - I added code #1 on my header.php. This one can only be used if you are your sole author of your blog. But if your blog has 2 or more authors you might need to do some tricks to do be able to apply authorship markup.

Now to check if everything worked. Go to the Webmaster Tool, Rich Snippet Testing Tool and insert a post URL or any URL that you authored. If you got the same screen below, with all green marks and no red then you got it right!



Jayson Bagio is the lead strategist of SEOteky. A digital marketing team from Manila, Ph who specializes in content marketing and link building. Get in touch with him using the contact form on the side or by visiting the about page. You can also follow him on twitter & google+.

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10 Responses to Google Authorship Markup, How It Worked On My WordPress

  1. Jayson says:

    Thanks to Jason Acidre for helping me on this Authorship Mark Up, appreciate it! :)
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  2. Jason says:

    Haha no prob! :) Kakauwi ko lang galing inom kasama sila JP.
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  3. honey says:

    wow good entry.. thanks for sharing jayson

  4. hannamay says:

    Thanks for sharing help me a lot jayson…
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