Google Emails Authorship Confirmations To Bloggers

Did you receive an email from Google Authorship this morning? It seems that many writers and bloggers who work with sites that have set up Google Authorship have received email confirmations from Google today, confirming their participation.

The email welcomes the participant to Google Authorship, and shows how authorship works in search results. Here’s the email:

Not everyone who uses authorship received confirmations, however. Only a few of us here at Search Engine Land and Marketing Land received the email, so it’s unclear what the criteria was to get one.

At SMX Advanced 2011, Matt Cutts announced the Google initiative for attributing authors. Authorship has expanded quite a bit since then, make sure to check out our latest posts on the topic listed below. And if you are headed to SMX East in NYC next week, don’t forget to attend the From Authorship To Authority: Why Claiming Your Identity Matters session on Wednesday, October 3rd.

Related Topics: Channel: SEO | Google | Google: Authorship | Google: Rich Snippets | Google: SEO | Top News


About The Author: Monica Wright serves as Director of Audience Engagement for and, two of the leading trade publications for the digital marketing industry. With over 15 years of experience in online publishing, content marketing and audience development for media companies, she is focused on content consumption and measuring user engagement on both sites across multiple platforms including desktop, mobile, social and email. In addition, she serves as a program coordinator for the SMX conference series, produced by parent company Third Door Media, publisher of Marketing Land and Search Engine Land. Based near Portland, Maine, she occasionally blogs about media marketing at, and spends quality time at the dojo. You can find Monica on Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

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  • mike litson

    You see I got this, but thought nothing of it because it is slightly too late for 90% of us who have already seen our faces slapped next to blog posts in the SERPs assuming you’re as much of an egomanic as me and check these things XD.

  • Mohammad Shadab

    I too have got this email from Google.

  • Jared Dees

    Yeah, I got one yesterday even though I set up rel=author about five months ago. Any idea what this means and why?

  • Monica Wright

    We’re not sure why some people got it and others didn’t. We’ve had it set up for months as well.

  • Saidul Hassan

    I got one and I have been trying to bring my face to the SERPs for my
    blog posts for a while. Everything failed until I added author bio
    plugin a week ago. Weird, I know!.

  • Tiny Malone

    I got my Author Notification too. Having same issue with rel=author from our page but not on other blogs. Wonder why?

  • Fraser Cain

    I haven’t gotten one yet…

  • Vishnu Aniyan

    Yeah, I too got this email from Google.
    I hope they will stick with this Authorship plan for some years.

  • Keith Rozario

    Me too, just got the email but implemented this for quite some time.

    It’s good to get confirmation though, even though the rich snippet tool was enough. I don’t think anyone could have ‘accidentally’ implemented this. Placing rel=”author” is something very deliberate, and most are definitely going to test their rel=author tags using the rich snippet tool.

  • Link Worx Seo

    Have been using authorship and publisher for some time now as well. No message received from Google. Kind of funny message were just sent out since I just wrote about Google authorship last week.

  • Darnell Clayton

    I didn’t even know this existed until I received an email confirming my inclusion within the program. Not sure if linking my Vimeo account with Google+ triggered this or not (as Google used my Vimeo account as an example).

  • Mark @ Make Them Click

    I’ve been using author for most of the year and have never received a message like this. I wonder if they are rolling it out slowly in stages to different global areas?
    Anyone know?

  • Dallas McMillan

    You also need to set up your G+ Profile to claim the blog posts as your work and your profile page on the blog as another profile of yours.

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