Testing authorship markup is nothing but to verify whether Google is able to parse your rel=”author” and rel=”me” implementation successfully or not. In one of our earlier post we discussed about Authorship And Google Profile Picture In Search Results. In that article we discussed how to link your content pages to your “About Me” page and “About Me” page to your Google profile. This will make sure that Google can correctly parse your authorship data across all your blog posts or website pages.
Setting up authorship mark up is good in many ways. If you are a blog author or website owner, verified authorship helps you to claim the authorship of the article you have written. This will also helps you to create an online reputation and branding.
To achieve this we have used the rel=”author” and rel=”me” attribute values of the anchor tag (<a>). All the content pages are linked to “About Me” page using the rel=”author” attribute and the “About Me” page to Google Profile using the rel=”me” attribute. These links helps Google to make sure that the content authorship is verified and they can present the profile information in the search results page. The process of adding these rel=”author” and rel=”me” atribute are explained step by step in the article Authorship And Google Profile Picture In Search Results.
Once you have completed setting up the authorship markups you can test and make sure that Google is able to verify the settings.
Test Your Authorship Markup using Google’s Rich Snippets testing tool
Google provides a tool to test the rich snippets present in a web document. Google currently enabled Rich Snippets for review sites and social networking/people profile sites. As mentioned by Google “Google does not guarantee that Rich Snippets will show up for search results from a particular site even if structured data is marked up and can be extracted successfully according to the testing tool.”
But we can make sure that you have configured everything and tested to make sure that Google is able to parse it successfully. It is up-to the Google Bot to decide whether to show your profile information in the Google search results or not.
Test rel=”author” implementation
To test the rel=”author” implementation just type in any of your content page in the Rich Snippets testing tool and click the preview button. See the result from one of the Globinch content page.
Test rel=”me” implementation
Once these steps are successfully tested you can sit back and wait for Google bot to take the action.