Set Facebook Authorship

How Set up Facebook Authorship Feature for your Blog

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1 year ago most of the bloggers were all behind Google authorship which was ultimately shut down by Google and now Facebook have come up with an amazing “Authorship” feature which is very much similar to what Google had a year ago.

For those who are still confused about this term authorship, well it can simply be ” the source (as the author) of a piece of writing, music, or art”.

What is Facebook Authorship ?

The Facebook Authorship feature works with a simple author meta tag and once it is setup, it will display the page or profile link of the blogger, publisher or the writer whose content is being shared. Take a look below to understand what basically it is, earlier it was just the name being displayed. Now your profile/page link will also be displayed as shown in the 2 snaps given below.

Facebook authorship feature
Facebook authorship feature tutorial
From Facebook.com announcement
Quite an impressive feature right ?? You can either setup your profile page or you can also link your brand page. Both the options are made available by facebook.
This is what Facebook said in their official announcement

 

Journalists use Facebook to share news as it happens and provide analysis to deepen the reader’s connection with their work. By implementing the Author Tag on their websites, publishers can make it easy for Facebook readers to start following the author of an article they just read and enjoyed. This is a web development tool that connects the byline in a story preview in the News Feed to the writer’s Page or Profile with Follow.

 

People use Facebook every day to discover what’s going on in the world. The Author Tag helps connect those people to the stories and journalists that best inform and entertain them.

 

Benefits of Facebook Authorship

The benefits of this feature will be directly to all the bloggers and content publishers.Bloggers always wants to get their name listed, featured and known, and with this feature, Facebook is directly helping doing “Personal Branding” for them. This is something what I and most of you needed.

 

This can increase your followers, page likes, your reach and in all it will help you promote yourself in a better way without even sharing the content.

 

You will understand this as soon as you enable this feature and start experiencing.

 

How to Setup Facebook Authorship for Blogs

It doesn’t matter what platform your blog is on, setting this feature is really simple. Before doing any changes to your blog code you first have to check up a setting in your Facebook account.
So firstly make sure you have enabled the follow me option in your profile. If you haven’t here are the steps:
  • Go to your Facebook Settings
  • Click on the Followers Tab 
  • And then set Who can follow me to “Everybody”

After enabling this, the authorship feature will show the users/readers an option to Follow you which makes a lot of sense to you as a publisher/author.

Note: Accounts under 18 years of age will not have Followers option.
 
Note: If you wish to setup your a Page for your authorship instead of your profile, you can skip this step.
Once you have allowed readers to follow you, its time for you to let facebook know about your content, that is its time for you to set up the authorship tag. Let me add both the options, for blogger platform and for WordPress platform as well.

 

How to setup Facebook Authorship in Blogger Blog

Just follow the given steps:

 

  • Paste the code in the <head> Section of your template as shown in the snap given below. Replace the link with your Facebook Page or profile link, anything that you wish to display. 
How to setup Facebook Authorship Tag in Blogger Blog
  • Save your Template
  • Voila you are done 🙂

How to setup Facebook Authorship in WordPress Blog

To add your authorship tag in your WordPress blog you can simply add the above given code in the head section manually by editing your theme or better you can just configure your WordPress SEO by Yoast Plugin.

 

Just follow the steps given in the picture.

 

How to setup Facebook Authorship in WordPress Blog
Pic taken from http://www.thesocialmediahat.com/

 

And then select your facebook page or profile according to your need.

How to setup Facebook Authorship in WordPress Blog

 

Once you apply these steps your authorship is successfully set and now its just time to Debug it once. 
Well don’t worry, its not a tough task.

 

Final Steps to enable Authorship

steps to enable Authorship

 

  • Enter your article URL’s or just your Site URL and click on Debug button 
  • Scroll down, it will display a preview of your link. Check if it contains the authorship link.
  • If the preview doesn’t show your authorship, simply click on “Fetch new Scrape Information” It will then start showing your Authorship link in preview and now you have successfully enabled authorship. 
successfully enabled authorship.

Facebook also added in their post :

“People use Facebook every day to discover what’s going on in the world. The Author Tag helps connect those people to the stories and journalists that best inform and entertain them.” Its now time for you to add authorship tag and get the best benefits out of this feature. Do share with other bloggers as well and if you find any problem setting up this feature, just comment below. We will help you in all queries related to it.

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About The Author
Iftekhar Ahmed
Iftekhar Ahmed is the owner of iftiSEO.com and writes on various topics like Online Earning, SEO, Blogging etc. He has worked on many blogs and also works as an SEO Analyst.

6 Responses

  1. Hi Iftekhar!
    A great share 🙂 . I always wanted to learn how to enable this feature. But for WordPress blogs with more than one author, how to set up it?

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