Top WordPress plugins for Google+ Authorship Verification

Google+ Authorship Verification

It is an undisputed fact that Google search result ranking are extremely important if you want to increase your view count and fulfill the inherent mission of your website. Search engine optimization is an integral part of every PSD to WordPress project that we take here at Wpintegration, therefore we understand that if you want your content to rank higher than others, the best way is to follow the trends that are set by Google. Google’s Author verification and Publisher verification are two of those trends that you have to follow if you want to increase your ranking in the Google search results.

What is Google+ Authorship Verification?

If you have written an article or a post, Google won’t officially recognize it as yours unless you verify it with them. It may sound a little bureaucratic but it is not that difficult a job and it has very favorable results in term of search engine optimization. All you have to do is add a link to your Google+ profile on your name in the By line of your post with a rel=“author” tag in the <a href> code, and then add the same post to your Google+ profile as contribution. When searched on the Google Search, the search result of your post will now show your Google+ profile picture and introduction.

Google+ Profile Link

So why is this important? If the visitor opens your post in the search result, the Google will save that information in the visitor’s history and the next time the same visitor searches something a relevant post written by you will rank better in the visitor’s search results. Similarly when any visitor search by your name, Google will show the posts that you have written and added to the Google+ profile contributions.

Wpintegration author on SERP

Getting Google Author verification in WordPress

WordPress is the most used blogging platform and currently is the most popular content management system. Every day million of posts are added and commented upon in the WordPress. Therefore to gain a competitive edge, Google Authorship is important in WordPress sites also. To add Authorship in WordPress a little complicated process, and most writers who chose WordPress as their blogging platform don’t have technical knowhow to add authorship, after all the only reason WordPress is popular is because it is user-friendly and doesn’t require any prerequisite technical knowledge.

This problem can be easily solved by using specific plugins, generally known as rel=author plugins in the web industry, and they can add the necessary coding at the right places in your WordPress blog. Here we present to you a list to top 5 plugins that can be used to add Google Authorship in your WordPress post.

WordPress SEO by Yoast

WordPress SEO by Yoast

WordPress SEO by Yoast is the complete solution for most of your SEO needs. Along with that it is a comprehensive and highly user friendly plugin that can be used to add Author Verification tags and Author publisher tags in your WordPress blogs. Because of its multiple features, the plugin is highly downloaded and highly used.

Requires: 3.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-1-14
Downloads: 3,606,181

Author Sure

Author Sure

A plugin dedicated to author and publisher verification, Author Sure is can also be used to great author bio pages and author descriptions. It can even manipulate the publication date of the content that would be shown in the rich snippet of your search result.

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-1-29
Downloads: 26,415

SEO WordPress

SEO WordPress

SEO WordPress is mainly used for optimizing your WordPress site for search engine. Google authorship verification, being an integral part of search engine optimization process, can thus be performed by this plugin. IN addition it can be used to perform Google Webmaster Tools verification, Bing Webmaster Tool verification, and Alexa verification.

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.3.2
Last Updated: 2012-5-21
Downloads: 21,749

Social Author Bio

Social Author Bio

Author bio plugin is mainly used for adding an author biography box in the post, however the plugin also has inbuilt support for Google+ author verification. Both admin and users of the blog can enable or disable the Google+ authorship of the content of their specific authored content, where admin has additional authority of disabling Google+ Authorship of any specific author or all authors.

Requires: 2.9 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2012-11-18
Downloads: 18,928

Google Authorship for Multiple Authors

Google Authorship for Multiple Authors

Google authorship for multiple authors is highly useful if your blog is maintained by multiple authors, or if you post content from multiple guest authors in your blog. The plugin creates a new Google+ field for every user that can be used to add author profile for all content written by the same author.

Requires: 3.0.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.3.2
Last Updated: 2012-6-12
Downloads: 2,407

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