How To Integrate with Google+ and Create a Rich Snippet

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Last night I was determined to figure out how to integrate my website with Google+ and link me as an author for the site. It took me a little bit to figure out the correct procedure, but in the end I got it. So to save you loads of time I thought I would share How To Integrate With Google+

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But before I begin, a little background on what Google Calls Rich Snippets. Google tries to present users with the most useful and informative search results. The more information a search result snippet can provide, the easier it is for users to decide whether that page is relevant to their search. With Google+ and rich snippets, you can now provide a picture of your Google+ account to go along with an entry. Now it is still up to Google as to whether the Rich Snippet gets displayed.

Google needs 2 pieces if information to connect a website to a Google+ Account
1. Your Website or Blog must be listed as part of your Google+ Contributor's links and must be public.
2. You must add your Google+ Author account information to the website

Setting Up a Google+ Contributor link


If you haven't already created a google plus account, create one.
Once your Google+ account is created follow these steps

1. Log Into Your Google+ Account
2. On the sidebar click the [Profile] Tab
3. Once the profile page opens, click on the [Edit Profile] button
4. Scroll down to the {Contributor} section and click it
The Contributor section allows you to display what websites or blogs you contribute to.
5. Click the "Add Custom Link" link. 2 fields will display. The first field is a website/blog description and the second field is the actual url for the website/blog.
6. Enter your website information into the 2 provided fields and click [Save] button
Make sure that the Contributor section is set to "Public"

Adding Google+ Author Information to the website

You will need admin rights to your website if your using wordpress or FTP or RDP access to be able to modify your main template.

1. Log into your Google+ Account to get your Google+ Id information
2. On the sidebar click the [Profile] Tab
In the Address bar at the top, the URL is your Google+ Id information
The address will look something like "https://plus.google.com/ALongStringOfNumbers/posts"
3. Copy the entire address and add it between the 2 quotes right after the href=.
<link rel="author" href=""/> The above string represents your Google+ Author string
4. Connect to your website via FTP or RDP or via an admin panel.
5. Add the <link rel="author" href="YourGoogle+IDInfoGoesHere"/> to your main template in the header section of the code.

Test Your Work

To test your newly added code works, you can used Google Webmasters Tool called RichSnippets.

Oh and if you like this, come visit my blog where I try to post tips like this. Hopefully you found this useful.

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  • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
    A good tutorial. For some reason Google does not offer an especially clear set of directions for Google+. I figured it out a while back, but this post will make the process much clearer for many Warriors.
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  • Profile picture of the author Teez
    Hey thanks for this something I also noticed is that

    I think you have to put the two versions of your website into the contributor to section eg
    www.mysite.com
    mysite.com

    Because when you test for both it can say one is verified and the other isn't it.

    Now its verified for both as far as I can see how long does it then take for the picture to start showing up?

    Somehow I doubt it will be instant.
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