I have been trying to verify my Google Authorship in my wordpress.com blog (please notice that it’s wordpress.com and my domain address is razibulhassan.wordpress.com) and as usual did the googling first. Most of the search results were intended for the wordpress.org websites and blogs and did not help me at all. I found a link on wordpress.com forum and that did a little help. One over enthusiast user told there that it’s not possible!!! However after trying for 45 minutes or so, I did it successfully.
Verifying Google authorship in your wordpress.com blog is pretty simple. The concept behind the verification is that you need to prove that you own both of the wordpress.com blog and the Google+ profile. Follow the steps presented bellow to have it smoothly done.
1. Login to your wordpress.com blog admin panel and from the left hand side browse to Appearance – Widget. The available widgets would be listed on the left hand side and on the right the added widgets to your blog would be shown. Drag and drop the Text (Arbitrary text or HTML) widget and write the Google plus profile adding code in the Text widget area.
2. The Google plus profile code would be as following:
<br /> <a href=”https://plus.google.com/
111222333444555666777” rel=”author”><span style=”display:inline-block;font-weight:bold;vertical-align:top;margin-right:5px;margin-top:8px;”>Your Name</span><span style=”display:inline-block;vertical-align:top;margin-right:15px;margin-top:8px;”>on</span><img style=”border:0;width:32px;height:32px;” src=”https://ssl.gstatic.com/images/icons/gplus-32.png” alt=”” /></a><br />
Remember to provide your own Google Plus profile URL and name in the above code. Just replace the red colour text with your own text.
After you save the Text widget, you should visit your blog and find that the code you have entered have been replaced by the “your name on G+” icon. From your blog, people would now be able to follow your Google plus profile. Doing so you have claimed a Google plus profile from your wordpress.com blog. Now you need to make sure that the Google+ profile you have claimed from wordpress.com is really yours.
3. Login to your Google+ profile, go to “About” page and from the bottom-right side find the ‘Contributor to‘ block. Click on the edit option and add your wordpress.com blog URL there.
4. Great! You have successfully claimed your ownership of wordpress.com blog and Google+ profile and have proved so by inserting URLs of each one into another one.
5. The final part is to check if the Google Authorship verification have been successfully done from http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/richsnippets . Insert your blog URL and press ‘Preview’ button. You should see your G+ profile picture and Authorship verification confirmation from the Google Structured Data Testing Tool preview. If everything goes right, you will see the message “Authorship is working for this webpage” in green colour under the ‘Authorship Testing Result’ block.
Note: The other ways of Google authorship verification viz. email verification, rel=”author” tag verification won’t work for your free wordpress.com blog since you can’t open an email using your domain address and you can’t add the rel=”author” tag in your template head section.
Now that you have done your part, wait for Google to re-crawl your blog and after that your authorship would be marked in the search result pages of Google. Usually this would take from a day to 2 weeks depending upon the Google’s crawling frequency and indexing frequency of your wordpress.com blog.
Feel free to place a comment if you face any difficulty or if you have any thoughts regarding the Google Author Verification for wordpress.com blog. Cheers!