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  • I’m trying to set up authorship markup for my site so my photo appears next to my articles in Google searches. I’ve read about three methods and have done the two that are both supposed to work for my scenario, but neither are working.

    – I have a Google+ account with a profile picture
    – I have an email address that includes the domain name of my site
    – I have updated my Google+ profile with that email address
    – I have verified my email address with Google+
    – I have added my website URL to Google+ in the “contributor to” section
    – I have added a link back to my Google+ profile within my author biography section, which appears on all my content pages
    – I have updated my email address on my author info page

    I’ve probably done more steps that I can’t think of right now. I did read about using a plugin, but it was recommended not to and I’d rather not if I don’t have to.

    When I go to the Google Webmaster Tools site and enter a URL for a page of content, it says “Page does not contain authorship markup”.

    Further down under “Extracted structured data” it shows info for all my pages of content. For each one, in red it says this:

    Error: Missing required field “updated”.
    Error: Missing required hCard “author”.

    I am using the Pinboard theme and my site is

    I appreciate your help.

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  • Hi,
    I guess you’re almost there,
    Looking at the source code of your site it shows this,
    <a href=”″
    rel=”author” target=”_blank”> Join me on Google+
    The URL is not written correctly, I believe correcting this should solve your problem.

    Let me know if that works.


    Thanks, elmalak. I had actually already changed that. I works to link to my google profile, but I’m still having trouble.

    I just started researching the error codes and I know that’s the key to fixing it. I’ve found a few people talking about how to fix the errors, but so far I’m still stuck.

    I just tried suggestions found in this article

    However, it’s not specific to my theme, which is Pinboard, so the code I was supposed to look for wasn’t what it said to look for. I’m so confused!

    Hi @blissfulmiss:

    I see your problem has been solved and your author info appears next to your posts as you can see in the link below.


    Yes. I got help on the forum for my theme. I changed the html code that links to my google+ profile slightly. Both worked to actually link to my profile, but the new one worked for authorship.

    Of course, I’m still not seeing my photo next to actual search results yet. Still waiting for the mysterious Google gods to decide its okay I guess.



    I’m having the same problem as BlissfulMiss.


    I’d greatly appreciate it if someone could verify what it is I’ve done wrong and alert me to how to fix it.

    Big thanks in advance if someone can help me out.



    Hi @bluesunday007,
    Try adding this to the end of your Google Plus URL.

    So you would have it like this,
    <link rel=”publisher” href=””/>

    Let me know if that helps.



    Hi Elmalak,

    Thank you for responding.

    When you say add the ?rel=author at the end of my Google Plus URL, you mean added it to where I originally added my Google Plus URL in my Google Plus profile?

    I just want to make sure I’m adding this bit of code in the appropriate section of Google Plus.

    Inside one’s Google Plus profile there is a LINKS section where you can add custom links, including in “Other profiles” and “Contributor to”

    Do you mean I should add the ?rel=author tag to either of those sections as part of my Google + profile link?

    Otherwise I’m left trying to understand where I do make the change to add the authorship tag to my Google + profile?

    Hope I didn’t confuse you here. Thanks again for your assistance.



    No, this part has to be added to markup that appears on your site pages.
    How did you add that part to your own site?



    I did add the markup to my contact pages in my blog.

    When I’m in my blog as an admin, I see the Google + URL, plus the authorship tag, which I added.



    OK, so that’s where you need to add that part to the code so it appears in the source of your site pages.



    I’ve now added:

    <link rel=”publisher” href=””/>

    to all of my pages in my blog.

    Does it take a while for Google to recognize this?





    Got it! It’s working! Just verified it myself. Thank you, Elmalak.



    While your authorship appears to be working, I’ll go ahead and explain what worked for me in case it helps someone else.

    In a text widget in my footer I added this code:


    I had a slight variation to this, suggested by someone else and seems to work for others, and it worked to link my blog to Google+, but not for authorship.

    I also have this code under user>admin>edit in the Biographical Info section. I don’t know if it’s required to have it in both places to work, but I had it here as suggested by my theme’s creator, but it didn’t work for authorship until I changed the code in my foot text widget. He had mentioned putting it in the header, but I couldn’t figure out how to do that. Luckily this worked for me. It’s been probably a month and a half and I still don’t have the photo showing next to my posts in actual Google searches, yet Google shows I do have authorship markup working. So it’s a waiting game I guess. Frustrating.

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