Setting up Google Authorship on Blogger

setting up google authorship

I’ve decided to split my post about Google Authorship into two separate posts – one for WordPress users and one for Blogger users. To be honest, I don’t know why I didn’t do this in the first place so apologies for any confusion. Google Authorship is important because basically, it tells the “internet” that you have written that piece of content. There are hundreds of ways to do this and it can be very confusing so I’m going to try give you as much information as possible and explain it as easily as I can.

UpdateGoogle Authorship is dropped from search results

Steps to setting up Google Authorship on Blogger

  1. Firstly, you need a Google+ account. Set this up and fill in some of your details. Use the same name as you use for the Author name of your blog. You don’t need to be active on Google+ for Authorship, you just need a personal profile.
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  3. While on Google+, go to links and add your blog url to the “contributor to” section.
  4. On your Blogger Dashboard, go to Google+ section which is found under Comments and connect your blog with Google+.
  5. Add the Author data to your footer. To do this go to Layout > Edit Blog Posts. Under Post Page Options you’ll see “Posted By: Name”, tick the button beside this. Then go to Template > Edit HTML and find
    <div class='post-footer'>

    Underneath it you will see

    <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-1'>
    <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-2'>
    <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-3'>

    Paste the following code after one of these, depending on where you want it. If there’s two <div class='post-footer'> or <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-1'>, then add it to the second, further down in your HTML.

    <span class='post-author vcard'>
    <b:if cond='data:top.showAuthor'>
    <b:if cond='data:post.authorProfileUrl'>
    <span class='fn' itemprop='author' itemscope='itemscope' itemtype=''>
    <meta expr:content='data:post.authorProfileUrl' itemprop='url'/>
    <a expr:href='data:post.authorProfileUrl' rel='author' title='author profile'>
    <span itemprop='name'>
    <span class='fn' itemprop='author' itemscope='itemscope' itemtype=''>
    <span itemprop='name'>
  6. Head over to the testing tool, enter your URL and click preview. It may take a couple of days before you’re image appears in the search results and may show in different ways.
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  1. Hey Ellie, i have taken all the necessary steps to build the authorship status and the webmaster tools is confirming since 3 weeks that the authorship status has been setup but still my pic is not appearing in the search results.I don’t know why is that so.Please help me…!!

    1. The author details in the post footer of your blog is using your name, but on Google+ your profile does not have the necessary blog details. However on your blogs G+ page, you have this info. This all needs to be connected, your author name on your blog needs to be the same as the G+ you add the contribution to. If using your profile, you apply for authorship. If using page, you apply for publisher.

  2. Hi Ellie,

    I too have followed the steps you mentioned. However, I keep getting the below message in Structured Data Testing Tool. Kindly assist.

    Error: This information will not appear as a rich snippet in search results, because it seems to describe an organization. Google does not currently display organization information in rich snippets
    Error: At least one field must be set for Hcard.
    Error: Missing required field “name (fn)”.

  3. Ellie,
    I followed your tutorial and it worked, but for some reason the Posted by: my name is showing up twice on each blog post. One of the links works when I click on it and takes me back to my Google+ profile page. The other one does not. Please help. Thank you

    1. If the author details already appear on blog post, then you can skip step 4. To fix the two appearing go back to post-footer-line post-footer-line-1 and remove the author code 🙂

      1. I have tried to remove the author code to prevent the two appearing, but every time I do this I get an error message in Google Webmaster Tools stating that authorship is not working for this webpage. I have tried unchecking the posted by box and I still get the error message in Google Webmaster Tools. I am not sure what I am doing wrong. The only way I can establish authorship is to have two posted by on my blog. 🙁

        1. Hi Olivia, it’s most likely just a configuration error. Add **** to Permissions under Settings in Blogger and I will take a look for you 🙂

          1. Accepted, can you go back to Settings > Permissions and change “author” to “admin” beside my name so that I can access your HTML 🙂

  4. Oh no, I forgot to tick the box “Notify me of follow-up comments by email”. This comment is aimed at it !


    Thanks for this nice tutorial. I did everything you said, but it still doesn’t work. My blog is linked to my G+ page, but not to my profile. Do I have to choose between one or another ?

    Here are the messages I got from the testing tool (in French, sorry, but I guess it’s easy to guess what it’s all about 🙂 I’ve been spending my day on this, hope you’ll have the possility to help ! Regards,

    1. Hello lovely! Yes, you can only link it to one. For your profile it’s authorship or for a page it’s publisher. I’ve just tested your link and you are set up for publisher, working perfectly.

      1. Hello again !

        Thanks a lot for your quick and precious answer !
        It’s so nice to read people like you, passionate about what they do, and who like helping others. 🙂
        I’ll let my blog with the “publisher stuff” for some weeks, and if I don’t like it, I’ll try the “author stuff”.
        By the way, as your blog is very interesting, I’ll suscribe to it via RSS.
        I’m sure I’ll learn many things, and I promise not to bother you with too many questions (usually I rarely post comments but I had a too hard time with this problem, this is why I asked for your help).


        1. Awh thank you 🙂 comment as often as you need! I’ll be doing a tutorial whereby you can add authorship for your G+ profile and publisher for G+ page.

  5. Hi Ellie, thanks for the tutorial. i setup authorship last week but i am not able to understand where did i go wrong. The pic is not showing in the results..

  6. Hey Ellie, I’ve read all the comments and tried all of these suggestions and I’m still getting the error issues from above.

  7. Oooh brilliant, I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this for AGES!!!!
    This is a fantastic site you have, I’ve got you bookmarked now and will add your button to my site, as I can see myself coming back here for tips and tricks 😀

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