Google Adds Automatic Authorship With Google+ Sign In

google-authorship-plusGoogle announced an even easier way to get your picture into the Google search results by adding automatic author attribution through Google+ signin.

Google has integrated Google+ Sign-In with Google’s authorship program. Now if you sign in to WordPress.com with Google, the articles you publish with that sign in will now be associated with your Google+ profile automatically.

That means, Google may more easily show your Google+ profile image in the rich snippet search results.

Google launched this today with a limited number of beta programs including WordPress and Typepad. Google said it also works on other sites including About.com, WikiHow, and Examiner. Eventually, Google may increase support for this in the future.

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Google also introduced embedded Google+ posts, you can read more about that on our sister site Marketing Land.

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  • Amanda Gant

    What exactly does this mean?

    “Now if you sign in to WordPress.com with Google, the articles you
    publish with that sign in will now be associated with your Google+
    profile automatically.”

    So if I use my personal Gmail account to login to my company’s WP site, it’ll automatically link the two?

  • http://www.seoimr.com/ Steve Sharp

    This is really interesting but can you explain what you mean by sign in to WordPress.com with Google? Are you talking about a Google browser or from gmail.

    When posting for a client and using their authorship do I need to open their gmail or google+ account first.

  • Crown Focus

    Agreed. This needs clarification. Many sites run on WordPress.org self-hosted rather than using a WordPress.com account to login to your site.

    What a pain Google+ is!

  • http://in.linkedin.com/in/ashvyas Ash Vyas

    does it mean all of them who has Blogger’s blog are directly eligible for authorship?

  • http://www.clientflare.com/ clientflare

    This is not a big surprise. Google is putting yet more weight behind Google+. They are also making sure authorship is adopted much more widely. If all you have to do (while signed in with Google) is publish your posts as you have always done and you automatically get authorship, then can it get easier? We will have to see how it works out.

  • http://www.brickmarketing.com/ Nick Stamoulis

    That was just what I was thinking. We use a different hosting company for our WordPress blog so does this change work in our favor or not? Would I have to just update my login information to be the gmail account tied to my Google+ profile?

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