How to Have your GooglePlus show in Search Results (+ Drupal)

If you've ever searched for something on Google within the last couple of months you must know what I'm talking about. Those search results that also show the author and their Google Plus profile picture, and info beside their article. Looks pretty snappy, right?

An Authored entry

An un-Authored entry

It is immediately noticeable how much nicer, and more trust-able, the authored search result seems compared to it's "un-authored" counterpart. Likewise, Google Search Rankings seems to think similarly and tends to score these authored posts higher than the un-authored ones. Of course, search ranking also depends how many followers (or "circles" in Google Plus terms) the content author has, so for example, the author who is in 148,000 Google + circles is bound to be the top search result compared to a similar post by an author who only is in 300 Google + circles.

The authoring of articles via GooglePlus is potentially the future of SEO and Google's way of promoting it's social media platform

So how do we exactly do this (in plain HTML sites):

Well the authoring info is done in a few steps:
1) First you have to have a Google Plus account. Sign up if you dont have one!

2) Now under the "About" tab of your Google Plus you have to add the URL of your blog or site under "Contributions To"

3)Now within the "head" element you need to place a "link" with rel="author" and an "href="https://plus.google.com/103373492706606955219" or whatever your Google Plus user URL is (if you are in the G+ About page, remember to not copy the /about extension of the URL). In the end it should looks something like this:



What your code should look like

4) That's it! You should be patient though because it may take a few days for Google to confirm that your page or article is authored, and a few more for it to show on search results. Be sure to use the Rich Snippet Tool a day or two after you do this to verify that it has worked.

So how do we do this (Drupal Version):

Drupal 8 is rumored to have authoring functions built-in, however I am using Drupal 7 so this is specific to Drupal 7 (and probably Drupal 6)

1) First you have to have a Google Plus account. Sign up if you dont have one!

2) Now under the "About" tab of your Google Plus you have to add the URL of your blog or site under "Contributions To"

3) When creating a new Blog type entry, inside your Drupal text field insert a

What your Drupal 7 text field should look like

I am not certain whether multiple authors on the same blog can also have their own link elements for their own blog posts, but for those compant blogs with multiple contributors it might be worth trying.

4) That's it! You should be patient though because it may take a few days for Google to confirm that your page or article is authored, and a few more for it to show on search results. Be sure to use the Rich Snippet Tool a day or two after you do this to verify that it has worked.

Enjoy!