Support » Plugin: Yoast SEO » Rel="author" disappeared from the homepage

  • WordPress version: 3.4.2
    WordPress SEO version: 1.4.1

    I did this: half year ago I set the plugin to show the google plus author in the homepage. I set the right google plus URL from the wp-admin/users and of course from ../wp-admin/admin.php?page=wpseo_titles#top#home

    It was working fine. The google rich snippet test tool gave the green light and everything worked fine since january/february. And since few weeks ago I could see the google plus data from the search results for the homepage.

    I expected the plugin to do this: To keep working fine.

    Instead it did this: It stopped to add the rel=”author” from the homepage. I have tried to disable the cache plugin, disable/enable wordpress SEO, I also tried to do not show the author from the homepage and set it back on. But nothing. The rel=”author” keeps working on the posts, but not on the homepage. Also google says “Authorship is not working for this webpage.”

    What can I do? The site is

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  • I have exactly the same problem and I am 100% sure that it is WordPress SEO that is causing Google Athorship not to work on the homepage. Disabled all other plugins, same result. Disabled and enabled WordPress SEO, and I get the error when it is enabled. Enabled and disabled the Author settings on the Social Screen of the plugin. Breaks authorship irrespective of whether a user is selected as author.

    Yes it is’s SEO the same here.
    However it looks like the only difference is that in my case I do not see any error when I turn on/off the plugin. Just the rel author is missing in the homepage.

    I have added the following manually while waiting for the support:

    <?php if ( is_home() ) { ?>
    <!-- for yoast's support - I have added this manually, because the plugin is not adding it - please help -->
    <link rel="author" href="" />
    <?php }  else { ?>

    WordPress version: 3.5.1.
    Wordpress SEO version: 1.4.3

    I have the same problem. I use WordPress SEO on multiple websites. On at least 3 websites I’ve also used author highlighting on the homepage.

    This used to work fine. I’ve seen nice Google Plus pictures in the SEO results. However, since a couple of months author highlighting on the homepage has stopped working. The <link rel=”author”>-line disappeared from the source of the front page.

    I tried disabling all (caching)plugins, changing the theme back to the default theme, disabling Cloud Flare. I also tried changing the homepage of my website from a static page to a blog roll.
    All without effect.

    It appears to me, although I am not sure, this problem started after updating to version of WordPress SEO. The changelog states:

    – Improved logic for rel=publisher on frontpage.

    Maybe a little bug snug in this improvement?

    I hardcoded the <link>-line in my theme for now, but hopefully Yoast has a solution for this problem, because this option was great!

    Thank you very much in advance.



    It’s taken me a while to figure out but I too am having the same problem!

    Does anyone know if Yoast has been informed?



    I also thinks this problem happened when the rel=”publisher” appeared in the settings. Not 100% sure btw.

    I am sure Yoast reads the support tickets, maybe not every day. For now you can put in the header the code I posted above. It’s a temporary workaround.

    Let’s wait for Yoast to reply, for sure he is very busy…


    I’m a designer not a coder… did you put the above code in header.php?

    squidgydesigns, yes, before the </head>. And of course change the href="" with the real URL of you Google Plus profile.

    Experiencing the same problem here. Definitely connected to a conflict with rel=”publisher” settings within the plugin. Proper rel=”author” for homepage reappeared once I deleted our Google Publisher Page URL from WordPress SEO.

    Same problem here, once again. 🙁
    Whats going on with that latest upgrade???

    I’ve just installed the newest upgrade, but I can see that the problem has not been resolved yet. 🙁

    Hi folks – re=author is not working for us and we have identical rel=author and rel=publisher HTML source code for our posts showing in this Yoast WP SEO plugin section! However, some posts do show up with the photo in snippet and some don’t show the photo (from Google Plus)

    We are baffled as to why the SAME identical HTML code from this plugin behaves differently on different posts. I have compered them side by side inside an Excel spreasheet! rel=author and rel=publiher have identical Google Plus profile in them, but one works, the other does NOT!

    Help, please…..

    Dashboard -> SEO -> Social -> Google+ -> Author for homepage -> Select your profile

    The above post does the trick – but if anyone wants a more visual and detailed approach I wrote a post

    Making the change solved the problem.

    What if the dropdown menu does not allow me to choose my own user profile? Is there a setting I’m missing?

    Rel=”author” should only be used on posts, not blog indexes or archives.

    See this for more info on why, and how to use Yoasts plugin –

    In short, Google+ authorship should be used only on blog posts and other individually-authored content on websites — and not on home pages, product pages, informational pages, contact pages, and so on.

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