The Epic List of Google Authorship, Author Rank and Google+ Resources

The Epic List of Google Authorship, Author Rank and Google+ Resources

Google Authorship

Google Authorship is a huge development for online writers. Some will want to set it up and forget about it; others will want to dive into the detail. The following resources will allow you to learn as much – or as little – as you want:

Official documentation

  • Google Authorship Page – the official Google+ Page for Google Authorship, complete with a brief overview and prompt (if you’re logged in) to set it up
  • Authorship – Inside Search – a breakdown of the main features of Google Authorship in the wider context of Google Search
  • Authorship Markup [VIDEO] – a discussion of rel=”author” markup by Matt Cutts and Othar Hansson from Google

Configuring Google Authorship

Our guide describes one of the easiest and most robust ways to configure Google Authorship for your WordPress blog, but there are other mechanisms (and other platforms) you might want to use instead. The follow resources will tell you what you need to know to set it up:

Configuration Instructions for Popular WordPress Frameworks

Our instructions should work for any WordPress blog, but if you don’t want to use a plugin, or prefer instructions more specific to your precise setup, use the following framework-specific instructions:

Troubleshooting Google Authorship

Google Authorship can sometimes be a little tricky to set up. The following additional resources will help you troubleshoot your configuration and get it working quickly:

Google Authorship Discussion

If you want to get help with configuration issues, or simply discuss the latest theories about where Google Authorship is going, check out the following places:

Author Rank

Author Rank is the much-anticipated mechanism behind better search rankings for online writers. Authorship might make you visible to Google, but Author Rank is what will determine your clout as a writer. Expand your knowledge of Author Rank with the following resources:


While epic, ours is certainly not the first online guide to Author Rank. The following resources are among those that led the way and will also help you cement your understanding of the key concepts:

Author Rank Tactics

For more Author Rank-boosting tactics, or an alternative take on some of those we cover in this guide, take a look at the following resources:

Author Rank Tools

Since Author Rank is in its early stages, few tools are available. However, the following may help give some indication of an individual author’s authority, at least relative to other authors:

  • Author Rank Tool – this experimental tool from Virante calculates a pseudo-Author Rank score based on the content linked to the user’s Google+ profile via Authorship. It does not currently include any measure of authority due to the user’s actions within Google+.


Google+ is the backbone of Google Authorship but it’s also an important social network in its own right. Succeeding as a writer online means thriving on Google+, and the following resources should help you do just that:

Official documentation

The following resources are a selection of Google’s own documentation for its social network:

  • Google+ homepage – this is the entry point to Google+, where new users can set up their profile
  • Getting started on Google+ – a simple overview to the main steps for creating a Google+ profile
  • Google+ Features – a more detailed and feature-oriented view of Google+
  • Google+ Help – the official Google help page on Google+, covering every aspect of Google+ from a tour of the main features to details about security

Beginner’s Guides to Google+

Google+ is a mature platform with a wide range of features. These guides will help you learn the basics as quickly as possible:

Advanced Guides to Google+

If you already have a good working knowledge of Google+, these more advanced resources should help take your skills to the next level:

Content Creation on Google+

Google+ is a content platform in its own right and the smart writer will include some native posts in their content mix. Here’s how to do it right:

Google+ Pages

Just as Facebook allows you to create a page for your brand or business that is distinct from your personal profile, Google+ has Pages:

Publisher Markup

Google’s Publisher markup does for businesses what its Authorship markup does for individuals by allowing you to link your business website to your Google+ Page:

Google+ Communities

Google+ Communities are places where users can gather around a common interest to share content, plan events and simply connect with like-minded people:

Google+ Hangouts

Google+ Hangouts allow group conversations between Google+ users. They support not just text-based messaging with emoji and photo posting, but also live video chat with up to nine other people:

Google+ for Specific Groups

Different types of people will use Google+ in different ways. The following resources provide targeted advice for various groups:

Google+ for Small Businesses and Startups

Google+ for Writers and Authors

Google+ for Freelancers

Google+ for Creative Types

Latest News

If you want to keep up-to-date with all things Google+, check out the following sites which have categories dedicated to the platform:

Google+ Discussions

The following communities are great places to discuss Google+ with other users:

  • Google+ Help – the official Google+ Community where you can ask questions and discuss relevant topics with other Google+ users
  • Gplus Expertise – a community for people interested in the latest Google+ tips and tricks

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