Set up Google+ Authorship for your ActiveRain Outside blog!

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Learn how to set up Google+ Authorship for your ActiveRain Outside blog.

For most of you, your AR Blog is going to be where people find your content on ActiveRain via Google's search results pages, but it would be nice for Google to know that you contribute to your outside blog too.  Right?  Well, thanks to some code found on a blog that Michael George wrote a while back, a little bit of poking around on my part, and some help from Bob Stewart, you'll be able to tell Google that you are a contributor to your outside blog!

You may not know this already, but we decided to make Google+ Authorship on ActiveRain a lot easier after Michael wrote a series of blogs dedicated to help us get your faces in Google's search results.  You might want to read the official ActiveRain blog about how to set up Google+ Authorship before you start on my instructions just so you have a better idea of what you're going to be doing.  I promise this blog will be here when you get back.

Setting up your "Contributor to" on Google+.

Now that you're an expert on Google+ Authorship and you've got your face next to every ActiveRain blog you post, let's set up your outside blog too!  Remember that step where you put your AR Blog on your list of websites you contribute to? Just do that again with the URL for your outside blog.  I recommend that you Label your outside blog whatever you've named it.  If you've claimed "" as the URL for your outside blog, then you would want to label it "Jeff has an Awesome Beard", or something like that. 

The next step, and this one might be a little tricky, is to add all the HTML code to your signature in ActiveRain.  You'll want to copy the code I have posted below - word for word - and then edit the stuff between the parenthesis. 


<a title="Add (your name here) in your circle" href=" the stuff in front of /posts)" rel="me" target="_blank">Find (your name, business, or team) on Google+</a>


Go to your "Blog Settings" page on ActiveRain, and find your "Signature".  You'll see this cool little link labelled "HTML" on the editor.  Click it, and it will open a new window.  Paste the code from above into that box.  Now, let's look at what we have.  You should edit the parenthesis and everything between them as you go.  When you're done, it should look something like this:

Obviously, you don't want my stuff in your signature, so don't copy exactly what you see above.  Click on the "Update" button on the HTML window.  Save your work, and look at your signature.  I've centered mine, but you're welcome to do whatever you think looks best!

When you're done, go to: and paste (your outside blog URL) into the search.  If my calculations are correct, you should see "Verified: Authorship markup is verified for this page." in green letters under where is says authorship.

Thanks for your help Bob!

Be sure to visit the ActiveRain University if you need more help on how to add a signature to your blog!

Comments (48)

Jeff Gray
Seattle, WA

@Grant:  That's a pretty common question, so I'm working on a blog to help explain it all!  I'm not 100% sure I'll be able to finish it today, but I wanted to let you know that I saw your concern.  Is it okay if I come back and update you when it's done?

@Adrian:  I'm glad I could help!

Oct 16, 2012 06:59 AM
Fred Sed
Fred Sed Group ~ Your Premier Southern California Realtors - Irvine, CA
Your Southern Cali Realtor, Why? Because Fred Se

THANK YOU Jeff! I've read several articles over the last couple weeks and I've been trying to figure out the proper code for almost a month now. Thank You for putting the code in there and making it so simple!

Oct 16, 2012 09:33 AM
Justin Dibbs
Fairway Independent Mortgage - Ashburn, VA
Mortgage Advisor

Thanks for the tip.  I'm updating my sgnature right now.

Oct 16, 2012 09:39 PM
Jeff Gray
Seattle, WA

@Grant:  I've finished my blog about why ActiveRain still gives RainMakers an outside blog.  Feel free to give me some feedback there too!

@Fred and Justin:  You're welcome.  I'm glad you found this useful!

Oct 18, 2012 03:57 PM
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
RealtorĀ®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Great instructions, liking to get my article out and about. Thanks :-)

Oct 25, 2012 10:47 PM
Kerry Lucasse
eXp Realty - Urban Nest Real Estate Group - Atlanta, GA
Your Urban Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant

I've been procrastinating and hadn't listened to the webinar yet, but this was SO easy.  Thanks so much for the simple instructions.

Oct 27, 2012 09:40 AM
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

I used to have this set up, but it seems to have disappeared!!!??? Any guesses as to why?


Nov 10, 2012 05:21 AM
Jeff Gray
Seattle, WA

@David and Kerry: You're welcome!

@Elva:  I don't have a good guess why something would dissapear from your signature.  Give us a call and we'll see what we can do to help out.  The office here is open from 9am to 5pm PST, Monday through Friday, so call us whenever it's convenient to be near your computer for a few minutes.  Our number is 206 701 1475.  :)

Nov 12, 2012 03:13 AM
Rachell Lara & A List Properties
eXp Realty / 619.316.7445 - San Diego, CA
A List Properties - San Diego Neighborhood Experts

THANKS JEFF! This was great, now I just got to get all the other sites ups. One question though, instead of having words would it still work if I linked to to a google icon instead?

Nov 28, 2012 01:16 AM
Jeff Gray
Seattle, WA

You're welcome Rachell!  It will absolutely work if you have an icon instead.  :)  I was just lazy when I set mine up.  :P

Nov 28, 2012 01:59 AM
Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA

Thanks Jeff,


I am sure I will have more questions, LOL

Dec 07, 2012 01:08 AM
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

I've bookmarked this because only a little way into it, my head is exploding!  I'll be back, and I'm sure I'll have many questions.  Thanks!

Jan 19, 2013 10:52 PM
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

Jeff,  This is HUGE. I just had to say thanks. I have not dug throught it yet but it is what I was looking for. I have been using the G+ icon to send my AR blog to G+.

Jan 20, 2013 12:09 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Jeff,

Easy for you to say.

Jan 20, 2013 05:29 AM
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner
Travis Realty - Enterprise, AL
email: / cell: 334-494-7846

I think I had this set up previously, but looks like I better double check! THANK YOU!

Jan 20, 2013 11:47 AM
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Jeff, thanks to AR we got it done.  if you haven't already, check out "What the Plus! Google+ for the Rest of Us" by Guy Kawasaki.

Jan 20, 2013 06:58 PM
Jeff Gray
Seattle, WA

@Dana:  This is not a replacement for sharing your post on Google+.  You still want to use that G+ icon!  This is a tutorial to show you how to potentially get your picture next to your AR outside blog posts in Google search results.  I can make no guarantees about your picture showing up because it's all based on whatever Google wants to do.

@Bob: Thanks for the heads up!  I'll have to check out that book when I have the spare time!

Jan 21, 2013 12:36 AM
Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta

This is very helpful information, thank you so much for the easy to follow directions!


Jan 21, 2013 02:19 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I did it.  Thanks for a great post.  This is the kind of stuff I like on AR.

Feb 05, 2013 06:36 AM
Mike Crosby
Mike Crosby Realty - Placentia, CA
Placentia- Yorba Linda Real Estate - 714-742-2897

I did it. Thanks for the code to make it easy.

May 20, 2013 03:09 AM