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How To Implement Google’s Publisher Markup For Business Using Rel=Publisher

In today’s search world, it is absolutely imperative that your business website have Google-approved authorship implemented on it.  Previously, individuals had relied on the rel=”author” markup to connect themselves to articles, essays, and blog posts.  With this specific markup, individuals were then provided with a trusted identity and presence within Google+, which has now become an increasingly important factor for business websites to the search engine results pages (SERPs) as well as overall rankings.

rel=”author” worked great for individual authors, but for branding purposes and to establish a true Google+ presence for a business website , rel=”publisher” is the preferred authentication markup.

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to implement rel=”publisher” markup on your website:

1) Create a Google+ business page

* This can be accomplished by first creating a Google (Gmail) email account.  Once you have created the email account and signed in, click on the “Google+” logo/link at the top left.

* Click on the logo/link on the left-hand side that says “Pages.”

*  Next, click on the “Create a page” button in the upper-right.

* Then, click on the “Pick category” option on the left-hand side and select the category of your business/website.

* Lastly, click the “Finish” button.

2) Add the rel=”publisher” code

* The code should be added anywhere in the <head> of your business website’s code along with the URL of your Google+ business page.

* It should look like this: <link rel=”publisher” href=”” />. (The image below shows the popular SEO expert, MOZ, and a rel=”publisher” code):

rel=publisher code


3) Point your Google+ business page at your site to verify your newly-added rel=”publisher” markup.

* Access your Google+ page.

* Click Edit > About > Add Your Website.

* Entire your website’s domain in its standard form (i.e. not


4) Do a test

* Use either Google’s Rich Snippet testing tool or a manual test.

* For a manual test, perform a “branded” search (using your company’s name) for your website every couple of days or approximately once a week until you see the added rel=”publisher” information.

* It’s important to remember that you won’t see the results of implementing rel=”publisher” markup on your website and then setting up a link to your website from your Google+ business page overnight.  It will take at least a couple of days and up to a few weeks before Google “approves” the markup.

* If you do not see the rel=”publisher” markup after a few weeks, it is safe to say that you probably made a mistake somewhere during the process and it is recommended that you re-try implementing the markup.

** Below is an example of a branded search term search for a company (in this case, MOZ, again) showing the result of  rel=”publisher” markup:


Branded Search Test


It’s important to note that the rel=”publisher” code only needs to be present on your home page but you won’t be penalized if it appears on any other or even all other pages on your site.  Implementing rel=”publisher” authorship markup will help your business website gain trust within Google, as the search engine will begin to think of your site as an authority.


The Importance Of Adding Local Markup To Your Site


By now, you have probably already heard about rich snippets.  If you have, then you know how important they are as well as the role they play in your site’s seo and marketing efforts and ultimately, its overall success.  If you haven’t heard about rich snippets, then you’d better get with it!

Rich snippets are awarded by Google as a result of properly-implemented structured markup to your site like  If awarded, rich snippets appear in search engine results pages (SERPs) in the form of extra information are displayed including prices, ratings, reviews, hours of operation, availability of products, and much more.  Rich snippets add credibility to a site and search engines seem to be favoring them heavily over sites that don’t have them.

For any website or storefront, especially smaller/local ones, it’s very important to stay competitive.  The best way to do this is by adding markup to your site and its products.  There are quite a few “properties” to choose from, but there are definitely a few that are more important than others.  For your local business, try adding markup for hours of operation (“openingHours”), payments acccepted (“paymentAccepted”), price ranges (“priceRange”), and reviews (“itemReviewed”) if applicable.

In a recent article by Search Engine Land, they referenced a 2013 study completed by Digital Marketing Works (DMW) that showed that the quantity and quality of Google reviews is the “single most important variable determining inclusion and ranking” within Google’s image carousel.  Their findings held true in local markets as well as larger, metropolitan areas and markets.  What this means is that if your site has implemented local markup and has been been awarded rich snippets, it not only urges people to rate and review your business, but Google ranks your website accordingly, which generally means a higher ranking.  And, the more ratings and reviews you have, the better chance you have of being placed higher in the image carousel.  But, for now, let’s focus solely on the local markup itself.

Here is an example of a rich snippet; what the result of proper markup looks like.  This particular example shows the restaurant’s rating and review count, address, and includes links to the menu as well as contact information:

Adding Local Markup To Your site

Glancing at this example, you can see just how detailed markup can be.  And that’s a good thing.  Having markup that looks like that can work wonders in the SERPs while drawing the attention of internet users to your website.

It’s been proven time and time again that internet users are more likely to click on links that have rich snippets.  Getting users to click on your site is the key and ultimately, having rich snippets results in higher click-through rates which more than likely increase sales.  For local businesses, it’s wise to start positioning your site now to be able to compete with bigger name stores in the online world.



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