The following question was posted in the comments from my article Feeling Lonely on Your Google Plus Page?
This is SO helpful, but I have one problem that is holding me up. My blog partner and I officially write all of our stuff together. Each post has two authors. Do you know if there is any way to set up a dual
authorship? That is totally tripping us up!! —Lisa from The Dose of Reality
Thanks you Lisa this is a great question and the only way to answer you is with a post because it’s not a quick answer but it is easy. I’m going to take you step by step and show you Google Authorship for multiple authors. First let me explain that I have researched it, tested it (a few times with different methods) and then I went to your site and found that there are key things that you and your blog partner must do first.A step by step for Google authorship with multiple authors.
Step 1 – After going to your Google Plus Page I noticed that neither of you seem to have a Google Plus Profile. You can’t get authorship without a profile. Google wants to connect with a real person as opposed to a business/blog entity. You also want to to get individual credit for what each of you write not only on The Dose of Reality site but what if you write for another site (guest posts)?
Google Plus Profile = Your Personal Information (Think Linkedin or online resume.) Google Plus Page = Your Business (In this case your blog)
My example: I’m using my own Google Plus Profile as demonstration. Lisa and Ashley will both need to list themselves as contributors to The Dose of Reality on their profiles. This allows Google to identify your id number with the same id that you will be using in the plugin in your website.
Step 2 – You already have your Google Plus Page completely filled out and verified. Hurray! After you create those two profiles you will want to add those urls to your links section on your Google Plus Page. You’re making sure Google see’s you both.
OPTIONAL – On your site you don’t have a Google Plus Page badge which would allow more users to follow you. Create a badge for your page here.
Step 3 – Now we get to the back end of your WordPress site. You actually have two users on your site according to your urls. Lisa you are a user and the other author is under Admin.
You are going to go to your plugins, add new, type “Google Authorship” and install.
Step 4 – Go to Users and open your profile. You will scroll down until you see “Google Authorship” and copy your Google Profile url and paste it in the box! That’s it, save and go back to the users again and open the admin user which I would guess is your partner Ashley and copy her Google Profile url and paste it in the box. You are almost done.
Now to check your connection. This might be a little tricky. If you hover over my name as the author in this post you will see my Google Plus Profile in the bottom left side of the screen. When I tried that on another site that I work on that has multiple users it still showed me the same urls before I installed any plugins.
Seeing that url difference made me panic and think that plug in wasn’t working. My next step was to use Google to search for the article using plain text.
It’s working! When hovering the mouse over my name there was a very long url at the bottom of the screen with my Google Profile ID in the address. You can also see how Google Plus is pulling up the information from my circles.
That’s it Lisa!
Now if you want to literally put two people within one article they haven’t been able to figure that out yet. You can read more about that here if you like, it’s #4. I did read that you could just link your partner’s name within the post and link it to her Google Plus Profile within the post. I’m not sure if that would work as well or not. You can read that here, #2. Best of luck to you! Special thanks to Ben Holbrook for giving me the road map.
Do you have a site with multiple users? Did you try a different method? Let me know in the comments.