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How to Add Google Author Tags to Your Blog for Improved Search Results

How to Add Google Author Tags to Your Blog for Improved Search Results
Does Google know you’re the author of the content you publish online? If you answered “I don’t know,” chances are you haven’t heard of a very powerful piece of HTML markup code known as rel=”author”. When implemented correctly on websites or blogs with authored content, this small addition to your articles can have a dramatic impact on how your content appears in Google’s search results. This article will explain exactly what rel=”author” is, why you need to pay attention to it and most importantly, how to set it up on your website or blog. What is rel=”author”? Most of us are familiar with the HTML anchor tag as a way to link out to content as seen in this image: Standard anchor tag linking to Google+ account. In that traditional format, the “href” part of the markup is called an attribute of the anchor tag that references the location of the content being linked to. Now, if we add the attribute rel=”author” to the anchor tag, the link looks like this: How to Implement rel=”author” Related:  Blogging

The best of <time>s (Article updated to correct some typos noticed by commenters, and clarify some aspects.) Avid HTML5 watchers will know that the <time> element was dropped from HTML, then re-instated, with more New! Improved! semantics. As before, you can put anything you like between the opening and closing tags – that’s the human-readable bit. Previously, you could only mark up precise dates. Now, “fuzzy dates” are possible: <time datetime="1905"> means the year 1905<time datetime="1905-11"> means November 1905<time datetime="11-13"> means 13 November (any year)<time datetime="1905-W21"> means week 21 of 1905 As before, times are expressed using the 24 hour clock. You can localise times, as before. <time datetime="09:00Z"> is 9am, UTC. Durations In New! The datetime attribute “D” for days, “H” for hours, “M” for minutes and “XQ” for seconds. You can separate them with spaces (but you don’t have to). Alternatively, you can use a duration time component. pubdate

The Future Of Mobile-Social Could Spell The End For Social Networks Editor’s note: Keith Teare is the founder of and a partner at Archimedes Labs. He is also the co-founder of TechCrunch. Follow him on Twitter @kteare. Because of Google I/O, this was a momentous week for those of us who are watching the rapid transition that is taking place from desktop computing to mobile, and particularly for those focused on mobile-social as I am because of my job at Standalone Hangouts. Facebook Home problems. What is at stake? There are many common themes and questions that underpin the launch and evolution of Hangouts as a separate app and previously led to the decision to launch the Facebook Home product. To set the context for an analysis let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room that is partially driving these decisions. Mobile Messaging is rapidly becoming the primary way users engage socially on mobile. Phones were created as social tools. Similar challenges exist from media-sharing apps. What Is A Platform Provider To Do?

How to Use YouTube Live Streaming to Boost Your Exposure Did you know you can broadcast LIVE on YouTube in a few simple steps, right from your webcam? This is great news for businesses. Imagine what this could do for you or your brand! YouTube is a social media heavyweight, so you should give live broadcasting on this popular platform careful consideration for your social media marketing plan. Keep reading to find out why you should consider live streaming on YouTube. The Google+ Back Door to Live YouTube Broadcasting Regular readers of Social Media Examiner will remember Mike Delgado’s excellent article “Google+ Hangouts On Air: What Marketers Need to Know.” Here we’re going to look deeper into the power and position that your business can achieve by using these same features to publish on YouTube. The popular web series GeekBeat.TV (part of the Revision3 Network) does a live show almost every Friday afternoon that broadcasts on YouTube. YouTube Opens a Whole New World for You Why should you care about getting your videos on YouTube?

These Wordpress Plugins Are The Hidden Secret Behind Some Of The Best Bloggers Success Stories Being a good blogger and producing high quality content is damn hard but luckily, there are some tools that can help make your job easier. Two weeks ago, Neil Patel published a list of 11 tools and services every blogger should use to make their journey “a bit easier and more successsful.” In his post, Neil shares tools that will help you with your writing, building links, and getting better understanding on what works for your blog. Today, I want to share with you 9 WordPress plugins and one tool that will help your blog posts, almost magically, get more clicks, more shares and higher conversion rates. Plugin #1: Headlines (by King Sumo) Kingsumo promotes their tool “Headlines” as the tool that helped grow Huffington Post and Buzzfeed by helping them create headlines people would want to click. What “Headlines” does is automatically optimize your headlines to get more traffic and clicks. The plugin will do the rest and your click through rate will start climbing automatically.

A Super-Quick Guide to Building a Website The business of building your own website may seem a bit daunting, but we've outlined some of the key steps to make it a simpler, more streamlined process. Whether you're starting a personal blog or designing a site to go along with a product or business, these tips are sure to help you through the task. Take on your piece of the Internet with our guide on everything from picking a platform to copyrighting a domain name. Choose a platform — First and foremost, you should research and decide on an appropriate site platform. Want even more detailed how-tos on creating your perfect corner of the Internet? Source: Flickr user Marisa Vasquez Creating a Mobile-First Responsive Web Design Introduction We're going to walk through how to create an adaptive web experience that's designed mobile-first. This article and demo will go over the following: There is even more up to date responsive guidance on our new Web Fundamentals site. Why we need to create mobile-first, responsive, adaptive experiences How to structure HTML for an adaptive site in order to optimize performance and prioritize flexibility How to write CSS that defines shared styles first, builds up styles for larger screens with media queries, and uses relative units How to write unobtrusive Javascript to conditionally load in content fragments, take advantage of touch events and geolocation What we could do to further enhance our adaptive experience The Need for Adaptivity As the web landscape becomes increasingly complex, it's becoming extremely important to deliver solid web experiences to a growing number of contexts. However, mobile context is much more than just screen size. View the demo Structure Style Less JS

Bill Gassett - Google+ - PageRank, Link Juice & SEO for Google+ Communities. Can… PageRank, Link Juice & SEO for Google+ Communities. Can PageRank save G+ Communities becoming FB link farms? ① G+ Communities have PageRank, another Aha! Moment. ② Is PR in communities a good thing, or is it a bad thing? ③ Automated posts are the perfect recipe for ZERO PageRank. ④ Why didn't G make all links in Communities nofollow? ⑤ Are embedded links the scourge of G+ Communities? ① G+ Communities have PR was another Aha! Quality & engagement is something I covered previously as important to acquiring good PageRank. While analyzing some Google search results -a favorite pass time of mine, or a bad habit, I don't know which-I noticed a link I had shared of the PageRank Part 3, article that outranked my own post and realized that was only possible if the community had PageRank. Turns out that was exactly right. You might wonder if they can give PR as well, or bleed it. ② Is PR in communities a good thing, or is it a bad thing? Won't it just attract more spammers and link dumpers?

Google Plus SEO: The Ultimate Google+ SEO Guide This comprehensive Google+ SEO guide covers every aspect and angle of Google+ and how it impacts search. My normal TL;DR has been replaced with a Google+ SEO Best Practices section located at the bottom of this post. I will be periodically updating this post (updated January 23, 2012) as things inevitably change. Please don’t hesitate to comment or contact me with observations or when certain features change. Google+ Search Most of the attention is on the integration of Google+ in Google search results. Google+ Search Facets Google+ search queries return results with a standard selection of facets. Sometimes Google selects these facets for you. You can select certain types of content using what I call the content facet. This is all pretty self explanatory. Here you can select what universe of results you want to search. At present you can search for Google Check-ins in certain cities. Google+ Search Results The actual results are a live stream of Google+ content. Occupation is not used. Yup.

39 Blogging Tools to Help You Work Faster & Write Better When you’re finding amazing content to share on social media—the kind of thing that grabs attention and gets people to click, share, and comment—one of the most valuable, most original places to turn is your own blog and the content you personally create. So the questions become: How to create amazing content, how to put together blogposts strategically and efficiently, and how to get your content out to the masses. Writing tips are a good place to start. And to supplement the words you use to build your blogposts, I’ve found a huge number of blogging tools that help with everything from coming up with ideas to spread the content far and wide. Do you have a favorite blogging tool? The Huge List of 39 Blogging Tools Tools to brainstorm blogging ideas 1. The crowdsourced answer website can help lead you to the types of questions that real people are asking, questions that you can answer in-depth with a blogpost. 2. 3. 4. 5. HubSpot’s title maker works similarly to Portent’s. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Top 3 Reasons Nobody Comments on Your Blog via @BadRedheadMedia Blogging By Rachel Thompson, Published July 12, 2012 Have you ever tried to get more people to read and comment on your blog? If so, you know how difficult it can be! Many people read but don’t comment, stay only for a mere thirty seconds before moving on, or RT or share without ever visiting at all (which is lovely but we’re wanting more comments, too. So…what to do? Many people have found success using different types of methods – incentives, contests, some kind of tease. Let’s deconstruct. If you’re looking for a quick, easy fix to bring droves of people to read and comment on your blog, I’ll tell you now: there is no magic bullet. Make sure your blog is easy to find. Okay.

Getting Started Most webmasters are familiar with HTML tags on their pages. Usually, HTML tags tell the browser how to display the information included in the tag. For example, <h1>Avatar</h1> tells the browser to display the text string "Avatar" in a heading 1 format. However, the HTML tag doesn't give any information about what that text string means—"Avatar" could refer to the hugely successful 3D movie, or it could refer to a type of profile picture—and this can make it more difficult for search engines to intelligently display relevant content to a user. provides a collection of shared vocabularies webmasters can use to mark up their pages in ways that can be understood by the major search engines: Google, Microsoft, Yandex and Yahoo! 1. 1a. Your web pages have an underlying meaning that people understand when they read the web pages. 1b. itemscope and itemtype Let's start with a concrete example. To begin, identify the section of the page that is "about" the movie Avatar. Back to top 1d.