Adding Google Authorship For Multi-Author WordPress Websites
If you’re like me, you may run a website or two which has multiple authors. How do you go about setting up Google Authorship for each user? It’s not as hard as it seems. The authors themselves may be able to do this if they have the proper permissions and access to their profile in WordPress. Here is how to add Google Authorship Markup to multiple users in a WordPress website.
If you have multiple authors on your website, you’ll need to add the Google Authorship Markup to each author individually. Follow the steps below to add markup to your authors.
1. Instruct user to update Google Plus Profile
Your users will need to add the website to their Google Plus profile. Instruction can be found in step 1 here.
2. Fetch author Google Plus URLs
Follow step 2 here to fetch the proper URLs you’ll need to add the Google Authorship Markup for your users.
3. Connect Author and Google Plus URL
To connect the Google Plus URL you just copied to the corresponding author on your website, go to your WordPress dashboard and click on “Users”. Find the user you wish to update and click on their name. Once on the user’s profile, scroll down to “Contact Info”. Beneath “Contact Info”, you’ll see a “Google +” field. Insert the URL there and then click “Update Profile” at the bottom.
3. Check for Google Authorship
Make sure everything is working by going to your site and copying the URL of a post from the author you just added Google Authorship to. Once you have the URL, go to the Google Structured Data Tool and insert the post URL and click Preview. A Preview with the profile picture from the authors Google Plus profile should appear in the preview. *Note that this is only a preview and will take some time for Google to show the results in regular searches.
Rinse and repeat for each user. If the users have proper permissions, they may be able to accomplish this themselves.