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How To Establish Google Authorship Markup For Your Blog

Not too long ago I was trying to establish Google Authorship Markup for my blog. I always think that author information and picture in Google result is a pretty cool way to feature yourself and and your blog/website. But when I set out to do that, I hit a number of roadblocks. The primary problem that I faced was that there were not too many tutorials that listed the steps in a simple manner.

Almost all the articles that I found were encumbered with too much detail. It felt like a
ll of those article writers were somehow trying to establish how complicated this thing was. It is almost like they do not want to share such a treasured piece of knowledge on the internet. But since they are being compelled to do exactly that, they are trying to be as vague as possible. I am pretty sure that I am not the only one who just wants to establish the markup and not know the inner workings of Google.

I have finally established the Markup for my blog (Thank God) and now intend to write a simple step by step tutorial for people who wish to do the same. It is a basic tutorial without any unimportant explanation of the technique. All you have to do is follow the steps exactly as they are listed here. If you want to know about it in detail, I am pretty sure you will have no shortage of information on the internet. So, here it goes:

There are multiple ways to establish authorship markup for your blog.

1) 3 Link Method 

3 Link

2) 2 Link Method

2 Link

3) Email Verification Method

email method

I personally prefer the 2 Link Method so let’s start with that:

2 Link Method:

a) Visit your Google Plus profile page and add a picture of yours. This is the picture you wish to see in search results.

b) Go to Profile -> Add Links -> Contributor To and add your Blog Homepage URL.

Contributor to

c) Copy your Google Plus Profile URL it should look like this. Make sure the URL has unique 21 numbers. That is your ID.

profile URL

d) Visit the Author Biography page of your blog. I am assuming your blog has a Author Bio Snippet on each content page.

e) Add the following link inside the Author Bio snippet:

<a href="https://plus.google.com/121212121212121212121?rel=author">Google+</a>

Replace "121212121212121212121" with your Google Plus profile ID.

3 Link Method:

a) Follow steps a) through c) mentioned above.

b) Add the following code to your Author Bio snippet:

<a href="https://plus.google.com/111111111111111111111?rel=author">Google+</a>

Replace "121212121212121212121" with your Google Plus profile ID. 

Notice "rel = author" has changed to "rel = me"

c) Edit the source code of Author Bio on each content page with:

<a href=”{AuthorBiographyPageURL}” rel=”author”>Author Name</a>

 

Email Verification Method:

Note: This method only works if you have an email address hosted on the same domain s your blog. So if your blog is “WWW.ABC.COM” your email address needs to be “SOMEONE@ABC.COM”.

a) Make sure each content page of your blog has By “Your Name” in it. The name has to be identical with your Google Plus profile name. Hyperlink your email address to the author name in the manner shown above. You do not need “rel = me” or “rel = author”.

b) Follow this link. Add your email address to the field and click on “Sign up for Authorship”.

authorship email verification

c) Once you get a mail from Google, click on the provided link for verification. You will also get an option to add the Blog domain to the “Contributor To” section.

Once you have implemented authorship for your blog, it is time to check if it is working or not. Go to Google Rich Snippets Testing Tool to find out. Put the URL of a content page there and click “Preview”.

authorship testing

If the result looks like above then you have successfully implemented Authorship Markup for your blog. If the results show a lot of red or do not look like this, go over the instructions again and find out what went wrong.

It might take a while for your picture to show up in Google results. Exactly how much time? Nobody knows. For some people it appeared within a few days while it took almost 6 months for some people. Give it at least a month or two. If it still does not work, try changing your picture. It is known to work for some people. Remember all you need to do is follow the step as it is. All the best!

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The Best Tips To Succeed As A Freelance Writer

Freelance content writing can be an exciting career both part time and full time. It can be pursued by work at home moms, students and even professionals who want to make some extra bucks. There is no dearth of writing work in the world and if you can provide quality articles, it should net you a handsome income in no time. But there are some pitfalls along the way as well. Let me list the most important tips to succeed as a freelance writer.

freelance-writing

  • Sign up with a freelance writing website. Check some reviews to find out how good the website is before signing up. Most such websites allow a free sign up. But some may ask for a small fee to become a member. Considering the popularity of the website you can pay to join as well.
  • Once joined, you need to choose the skills that you possess. It is very important to choose them carefully as you will be getting job notifications and offers based on these skills.
  • Create a portfolio for yourself. While bidding for a job, you need convince the employer that you are the best person for this job. As a beginner, it will be difficult but never impossible. Create a good sales pitch which should include what you can do, why you are reliable person and what value add you can give the employer.
  • Write a few articles on some different topics such as product reviews, health and fitness etc. Give them as examples of your writing to the employer.
  • While deciding on the amount to charge, don’t be greedy. But asking too low is not fair as well. The rule of the thumb is to ask a little less than the experienced writers bidding for the job. It will increase your chances.
  • Always go for partial payment options. There are many fake employers in the market. To be safe from them, check their ratings too. Ask for some payment after completing a certain percentage of the job and take the rest once it is finished. That way, you can avert the risk of getting no payment after finishing the job.
  • Always go for payment through the website that provided you the job. That way you get some protection in case the employer decides to betray you.
  • Last but most important, hone your writing skills. Read up on latest writing techniques and practice a lot. Nothing can replace quality work and dedication.
  • As you keep writing and getting jobs, you will definitely improve with time. Be sure to update your skills as you keep getting proficient in new skills.
  • Always keep an amicable relationship with your clients. If you can make them happy, your chances of getting hired by them manifold. Many times, the employers know other employers too and can recommend you to them. That way you will never have a shortage of projects to work on.
  • be sure to increase your rates as you gain experience. You will be amazed to know that employers are ready to pay handsome amounts for people who can provide quality work on a timely basis.

I hope these guides will help you become a successful freelance content writer and generate a steady income stream. In case of any doubts, reply to this blog. I will be more than happy to help out.