Facebook Authorship Feature and How to enable it on your blog

Before we go ahead, do you know that Facebook just added the Facebook Authorship feature to help bloggers get more followers (exposure) and branding?

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Some years back, Google introduced its Google Authorship Feature to the blogging world and the internet world in-general. Every blogger who wants to rank high in Google search implemented the short snippet given by Google to their blogs.

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After some years of introducing the authorship service to the blogging/website communities, Google shut the project down.

Thinking the authorship programme will not be resurrected by another? Well, you guess wrong :). Some few days ago (a week per say), Facebook released its Facebook authorship feature as well, similar to the Google’s authorship.

What the Facebook authorship feature does is – it makes it easy for Facebook readers to start following the author of an article they just read and enjoyed.

Still want to know more about the Facebook authorship feature and how it truly works? You can read about it at their official page.

Facebook Authorship Feature and How to enable it on your blog

You must have read about the new innovation by Facebook and you must be wondering, “How do I install it on my blog?” Well, if you are having that thought, think no more because on our today’s topic, we shall be discussing how to implement it on our blogger blog and WordPress blog.

Steps:

Before we go ahead, let’s check if our Facebook “Who Can Follow me” option is activated to “Everybody”.

First, navigate to your Facebook “Settings” >>> Click the “Followers” Option.

In the “followers” options tab, set the “Who Can Follow me” option from “Friends” to “Everybody”. See screen shot below…

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Have you changed the “Who Can Follow me” option from “Friends” to “Everybody”? if your answer is yes, let’s proceed with how to enable the Facebook authorship on our blogs.

First, let’s start with WordPress…

How to Configure Facebook Authorship Feature on WordPress Blog

On WordPress, you can configure it in two ways – either by using WordPress SEO or injecting it directly to your blog’s header.

Using WordPress SEO

First go to your WordPress admin panel >>> by the left-hand menu, click “SEO” >>> Click “Social” >>> Click “Accounts”.

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Now we are in the Accounts Area >>> simply insert your Facebook page or profile URL in the “Facebook Page URL” space provided >>> Click the “Facebook” tab. See image below…

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In the “Facebook” tab area, tick “Add Open Graph meta data” and “Save Changes”. See image below…

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Now, you have successfully implemented the Facebook Authorship feature to your blog…

In case you want to know if what you’ve done is truly working, you can use the Facebook debugging tool to test it out…

Not Using WordPress SEO? But Using Genesis Theme

Genesis theme allows you to add any codes or snippets to your blog’s header without you knowing about coding.

If you are using the Genesis Child Theme, follow the below steps…

Go to your WordPress admin section >>> by the left-hand menu, hover your mouse to “Genesis” and click “Theme Settings”. Have you done that?

Now copy the below snippet…

<meta property=”article:author” content=”https://www.facebook.com/onenaija” />

Scroll down to where you see “Header and Footer Scripts”, have you seen it? In the first box you see (which is the header), paste the above snippet. See image below…

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Note: Change the “onenaija” found in the snippet to your own page address name or profile address name

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Click “Save Settings” and you are through with the configuration… You can use the Facebook debugger to test your blog to see if it works.

Not Using WordPress SEO? But Using Other Themes

Simply go to your WordPress admin section >>> by the left-hand menu, hover your mouse to “Appearance” and click “Editor”. Have you done that?

In the “Editor’s” area, click Header.php >>> Copy the below code

<meta property=”article:author” content=”https://www.facebook.com/onenaija” />

Now, right above the </head> tag, place the above snippet. Have you done that? If yes, it will look like the image below.

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Click the save button and you are through with the implementation…

How to Configure Facebook Authorship Feature on Blogger Blog (Blogspot Users)

If you are using the blogger platform then you should follow the below steps to help activate your Facebook Authorship Feature as well and start receiving the benefit 🙂

Go to your blogger dashboard >>> Click “Template” >>> Click “Edit HTML” to take you to your Editor’s area.

facebook authorship on blogger

Now that you are in your code editor’s zone, click inside the code box >>> now, simultaneously press the Ctrl + F key to bring out a search box.

In the search box that just appeared, simply type </head> tag in it and hit the enter key.

Now, simply copy the below snippet and paste it right above the </head> tag.

<meta property=”article:author” content=”https://www.facebook.com/onenaija” />

If you carried out the step well, it should start working. Just use the debugger tool to check it out

Now you have successfully implemented it on your blogger blog… go see how Facebook authorship rebrand you and help you grow your business.

Over to you

I did mention how to add the Facebook Authorship feature to our WordPress and Blogger blog Platform the simple way possible. But please, if you do not understand any steps above, do let me know using the comment box below and I will give you a reply ASAP.

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Did I not mention how to carry out the Facebook Authorship feature on the platform you’re using? Please do let me know using the comment box below and I will show you how to.

Do you have comments, questions and thoughts you’d love to share with us? Please do by using the comment box below.

Remember that your comments, questions and thoughts are highly welcomed and most appreciated.

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14 thoughts on “Facebook Authorship Feature and How to enable it on your blog”

    • Hello Gaurav,

      We all know that social media is the new SEO, right? The greater your social signal strength, the more favourable that post get on search engines.

      Now, to your question; yes, it is useful in building our SEO value. To top it all – it is great in building credibility and branding 🙂

      Thanks for the comment… Hope i answered you the best way possible? If so, have a blessed day

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      • Literally I am also thinking for the same, Means the same thing you told me, But I was confused, Thanx a lot for clearing it and have a nice day ahead, But want to say I Just started following you blog read 5-8 articles and want to say its awesome man thanx a ton 🙂

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  1. Thanks for the detailed post on adding Facebook Authorship bro.

    I have done this few days ago and it worked superbly! I didn’t go through editing much codes at all Yoast SEO plugin did the magic for me.

    Great info anyways, Glad to be here 🙂

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    • Hello Babs,

      Ah… good to know that you have implemented and enabled the Facebook authorship feature at your blog.

      Yes, the yoast SEO plugin is awesome and also makes it easy to implement. and so is the Genesis step.

      Thanks for stopping by and dropping your comment on this topic 🙂

      Have a good weekend

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  2. Hey Babanature,

    This is great! I didn’t like that Google took authorship away but I’m glad that facebook picked up on it since I’m on it more than I am on Google.

    I also really appreciate the step by step instructions for those of us that have Genesis. So as soon as I get home, I’m going to implement this!

    Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

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  3. Yet another awesome share, I must say I’m using facebook for all my blogs for promotion kinda things but just came to know this.

    Thanks

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  4. Hawya Babanature,

    I didn’t set up any Facebook authorship, but I think it automatically appears on my shares on social media.

    Any ways nice article.

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  5. Thank you so much for this great tutorial, Additionally the screen shot specify the post correctly,Very helpful how wants to use Facebook authorship.

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  6. This is very cool and handy. I came across your blog few days ago and I must say that your articles are quite impressive. I’m a new blogger, just started my blog few weeks ago and getting traffic has been my major challenge. This tip will definitely be of help to me.

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