Easy rel=author WordPress plugin

Get the Easy rel=author WordPress Plugin here.

Latest version is 0.7b includes a fix for multiuser sites.  If a specific user doesn’t fill out their G+ profile, it won’t display the footer.

Easy Rel Author Blog Plugin Purpose
The purpose of this plugin is to add the rel=”author” link from blog posts to Google Plus profiles. Doing so will allow the author’s picture to show up in in Google search results next to the blog post description.

Creating a Google Plus Profile:

Before you even modify your site or add the Rel=”Author” Plugin, you need to set up a Google Plus profile for yourself. You then need to add profile links FROM your Google Profile to any sites that you blog on. These go on your About page on the right side.

Install the Plugin:

The Easy Rel Author Plugin is very simple. Install it and then choose whether you want your Author Byline to link to your Google Profile or whether you would like an additional line added to your footer. The default is your Author Byline. If your theme does not allow for a linked Author Byline, you will need to use the Footer option.  Also, if your theme does not support linked bylines on pages, use the footer option.  I am using it on my site with the footer option.

If you choose the additional line added to your footer, you will also need to choose whether you want a small Google Plus image or your name for the link. You’ll see that for this blog, If you want to use it as a footer, check the first option in the settings. If you want it as a footer but your name rather than the Google+ image, check both of these boxes.

Add Your Google+ URL to Your Profile:

For each user on your blog, go into their User Profile and add their Google+ URL to the Contact Info section.

Adding a Google plus profile link

Testing and Waiting:
Although it can take a week or two to see your picture in the search results, you can use Google’s Rich Snippets Testing Tool to test your individual posts to see if they are working. New posts take a couple of weeks but older posts can take even longer depending upon how frequently your posts are crawled.

Also, be sure to fill out the Authorship Request form.

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Daniel M. Clark September 3, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Hey Kevin,
I’m getting this error right across the top of my site:

Warning: call_user_func_array() [function.call-user-func-array]: First argument is expected to be a valid callback, ‘era_css’ was given in /home2/reviewb2/public_html/qaqn/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 405


kevin September 3, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Get the latest version that I just put up – 0.7b. I took out all the css functions for now.

Daniel M. Clark September 3, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Great, thanks!
Now I’m trying to figure out why the Google tool is telling me I don’t have a link to the site in my Google profile, when I clearly do. Hm.

goodereader October 7, 2011 at 3:39 am

This a great plugin thanks! I have been looking for about a week for a solid reliable and easy to install solution for a multi-author wordpress blog, kudos for the plugin and fine work.

SO Jay December 7, 2011 at 9:49 pm

I really appreciate this plugin. I have been reading a lot on how to code and insert some codes just to insert the rel author tag to my blog with no success. Thank God I found this page.

Jeff December 13, 2011 at 1:24 am

Awesome plugin!

Do you have to have the + at the end of the anchor text for this to work? I know google mentions that you do…

Mikel June 1, 2012 at 5:27 am

Hi, Kevin!

I’m using your plugin, it works fine and I love it! One question, though: today Google sent me (I guess anyone using authorship) this message, do we need to do / can we do anythying manually, are you going to update the plugin…?

Message from Google:


New changes require that you update the Google Profile icon on your site …that is if you want it to work properly.

Don’t worry, this isn’t spam. You’re receiving this message because you’ve added the Google Profile icon to your site (thanks, btw). However, to continue using the icon you need to update the code snippet. When you update, your old icon will be replaced with the latest graphic, and will load faster for users. The old code will be deprecated soon, and as a result, if you do not change your code the profile icon may soon disappear.

The simplest update you can make to keep the Google Profile icon on your site is to replace the old icon URL with the new one. For example, if you’re using the 32 pixel icon, you now need to use this URL:


Alternatively, you can grab a new snippet of code to update the Profile icon from the personal badge config tool. Choose “Icon” for the Profile icon, or use “Badge” for the new interactive widget:


As always, you have any questions, please feel free to join us in the Google+ Developers Discussion forum:


Thank you,
The Google+ Authorship Team

Kathryn August 15, 2012 at 1:31 am

Thanks for this great Plugin!

Jonathan Kraft December 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Awesome, awesome, awesome. Thank-you so much for creating this plugin. Running on a few sites and making life easier. You’re great and I’m very appreciative. Did I mention this is awesome?

Thanks again!

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