Helpful Tools for Google Plus AuthorRank

Google AuthorRank is amongst the most popular SEO topics today, and is the subject of conversation on many webmaster blogs. Chances are that in the future, it could change search rankings extensively.

Google is obviously trying to get more and more people to use Google+, so that authors can be recognized, and associated with a website’s content. Still, Author Rank won’t work right out of the box. You’re going to have to make some adjustments to your site to incorporate Authorship. That being said, below you can find some tools that will help you improve your Google AuthorRank and see if it’s working properly.

1. Structured Data Testing Tool

Google provides you with a free tool that you can use to check whether the Google Authorship code is working correctly or not. This is especially important for multi-author websites, as often times, Authorship will not show up for all the authors.

Just go to the Structured Data tool, and enter a URL. You can also paste an HTML code snippet! This tool will show the result for that page as it would appear in the Google Search. It will also show you a lot of other information that will help you identify any problems with your markup. When you are first setting up AuthorRank you should check out this area!

google-authorship-page2. Google Webmaster Tools

Most of everyone knows about the Google Webmaster Toolset and how handy it is. Well, they even have an Author Stats area where you can check the amount of posts and sites you’re verified for. Not every blog post you write up is going to show in the search results with your display picture. With this tool, you can see which posts are and the amount of impressions and clicks they are getting.

You can use this data to find out which of your content is doing and well, and what topics you are gaining authority in.

3. Google+ Authorship Plugin for WordPress

If your site runs on wordpress, then you will find this plugin very useful. You can fully integrate your posts with Google+ to take full advantage of the service. You will be able to quickly authorize your posts using this plugin, monitor your submissions and more. It only takes a few steps!

4. Google+ Ripples

Not many people take advantage of this feature even though it is incredibly useful. Thanks to this feature you can see how your post is being shared, and where. To view Google+ Ripples, go to the right corner of a post, click the little down arrow, and then go to “view ripples”.

After you click “view ripples”, a new page will open showing you a visual diagram of how your posts have been shared.


These are tools should definitely help you with your Authorship ranking journey. With these you should be able to get Authorship working and be able to track the results. So, have you started to take advantage of Google Authorship yet? If you haven’t then please tell us why below!

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  • Great post Patrick! Thanks for sharing this with us, very useful information!