Linking WordPress and Google Plus is extremely easy once you know how, and can add wonderful value to your blog, by linking your readers closer to you, the author. I know sign off on my blog posts with my friendly face next to them, and hopefully this serves as a way to assure my readers that I sign off on what I write. No auto-generated content here, my friends!

Anyway Linking WP and Google is so easy. Let’s do it:

Linking WordPress and Google Plus in Four Easy Steps

Prerequisites: Almost none, but I am assuming you know how to install plugins in your wordpress blog, and already have a Google Plus profile.

Step one

Install and activate the plugin “Google Plus Authorship”

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Step two

Find your Google Plus profile URL. You will find it by going to http://plus.google.com, signing in, and then clicking the little arrow next to your picture. Out will pop a small menu where you can click “Show profile”. Clicking this will take you to your profile, and you can get your profile URL from the address bar. Mine is https://plus.google.com/115125376004755233882

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Step three

Go to your profile page (Users -> Your profile). There are two places to enter Google plus profile URL here. One under “Contact Info”, the other under “Google Plus profile information”. Add your profile URL to both.

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Step four

Now we need to add a link from your Google Plus profile to your blog. On your profile page (that you now know the URL for) click “About”

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On the “About” page, find the “Links” section, and click to edit it.

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Where it says “contributor to”, add a new custom link, linking to the front page of your blog.

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All done

Presto! You have now successfully linked your WordPress and Google Plus, giving your blog that extra personal feel. If you would like to test it out, go to http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/richsnippets, and enter the URL of any one of your blog posts. You should see your pretty face next to it. Enjoy!

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