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Google follow badge and authorship for page

 9:29 pm on Jan 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

Did someone notice that when you add the google badge there is a rel=author tag? Does that mean that if I add the "add to cirlces" badge on a page, Google will assume that the profile in the badge claims authorship for this page?

<g:plus href="https://plus.google.com/{profileId}" rel="author"></g:plus>


Andy Langton

 11:05 am on Feb 1, 2013 (gmt 0)

Looks to me like it would, although I've never used those badges, so can't give you real-world data. But it looks like the code above is a valid author attribution, so I would assume it would count for that also.


 12:26 pm on Feb 1, 2013 (gmt 0)

Thanks. Yes, I am sure they put it there with this purpose. The problem is: I want people to "add ME to their circle" (ME as the site owner) and to build my circles as an editor and as the site owner although some pages were written by my authors.

Now if I place the Google badge on a page that was written by someone else that causes a problem.

For clarification:
- I don't want to just claim authorship for something I did not write.
- The badge will be placed with my message, like "Hi, I am the site owner and I will share with you..." in order to distinguish between the article content written by the author and the purpose of my owners' badge.

One solution I thought of was dropping the rel=author of the badge, but I must be 100% sure "Google" does not get confused.


 1:31 pm on Feb 1, 2013 (gmt 0)

Are you using rel=publisher?


 1:41 pm on Feb 1, 2013 (gmt 0)

Yes, but I think one should differentiate between publisher and author.

Author is personal, Publisher is more formal.

I'd like to hear an opinion about that too. Would you rather promote a publisher at the expense of the author?


 3:10 pm on Feb 1, 2013 (gmt 0)

Well you can test it out - I tend to use rel=author and tie it to my own G+ account on my personal site, and rel=publisher and tie it to my G+ pages for each of my other sites. But I have to admit, I probably don't pay as much attention to this stuff as I should.

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