Free rel=”author” Plugin For Genesis Theme Users

UPDATE: we've made the plugin theme agnostic. Scroll down to get a non-Genesis version of the plugin.

There were many comments on the recent post Google Proves Not Being On Social Media Will Kill Your SEO and on Twitter about how to implement the rel=”author” link tag on a blog. I followed the tutorial from Yoast which you can find here. But we've taken it a step further – we got our WordPress team at 9Seeds to create a little plugin for everyone.

If you're using the Genesis WordPress theme then you can download our free Author Box Rel plugin. What this plugin does is:

  • Add a field to your WordPress user profile for your Google+ profile URL
  • Turns your name in the author box into a link to your Google+ profile
  • Adds the rel=”author” tag to the link

Download the Author Box Rel plugin for the Genesis here >>

If you don't use the Genesis theme we have you covered. Download the Author Box Rel plugin for non-Genesis themes here >>

Here's what your author box will look like once you install and activate the plugin, and add your Google+ profile URL:

Rel="author" author box

Rel="author" author box

What This Means For You

First off to ensure you get full credit for authorship you need to do the following:

  1. Have a Google+ profile (here's an invite if you aren't already there)
  2. Link to your blog in your Google+ profile
  3. Use this plugin and link back to your Google+ profile

Doing those three steps creates a circular reference between Google+ and your blog, and indicates to Google that you are the author of the content. How do they know for sure? I think the (thousands) of Google engineers are smarter than the ****ing spammers that try to steal your original content by scraping your site.

Whether you have a single author or a multi-author blog you can install this plugin and ensure that you and all of your fellow authors get credit in Google's eyes for authoring the content.

Step-By-Step Install Instructions

Here's how to do all of this:

Step 1: Add A Link To Your Blog on Google+

  1. Go to your Google+ profile
  2. Click “Edit Profile”
  3. Click on the Links section on the right hand side
  4. Click “Add custom link” if your blog isn't already there
  5. Add the name and the URL of the link (to your blog)
  6. Hit the enter key to save it

Step 2: Install The Rel=”Author” Plugin (Genesis Users Only)

  1. Download and install the rel=”author” plugin we've created for you
  2. Edit your WordPress user profile
  3. Add the link to your Google+ profile
  4. Save your profile

Note: the plugin automatically adds the author box below your blog post and above the comment section so you don't have to worry about selecting the author box to show in your profile.

And that's it!

Hammering Home The Point

I can't stress enough for the security of your content and keeping up with the merge of social media and SEO how important it is for you to do this. The integration is underway and will only get tighter as time goes on. Be ahead of the curve and your competition and implement this today.


  1. Hi Robert… first off… Thanks so much for the awesome plug in.

    Mine is installed and working well but I have a couple questions…

    1. In one of the comments you mentioned the plug in isnt supposed to show up on blog pages.. could you please explain why a person wouldn’t want authorship attached to their blog pages as well?

    2. Is there a way to enable the plug in to work on pages?

    3. The top level part of my site is html and I was wondering the best way to use rel=author on the html portion of my site…

    Thanks again for the great plug in


  2. You’ve done a great job of getting ranked for rel=author Robert. Congratulations. I always check plug-in ratings on WordPress and download from there. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find your plug-in from the “add new” plugin page in WordPress admin searching rel=author nor rel=author Dempsey. Any reason you haven’t listed it there? I am a Genesis user so I was especially pleased to see you had addressed Genesis. I also checked plug-ins within the StudioPress resources page, although I realize it may be more challenging to get it listed there. From your Twitter bio looks like you are living in Thailand. Cool. I lived in Japan for 20+ years. We considered buying in Thailand and ended up on Kauai.

    •  @LindaSherman Thanks Linda. Keeping the plugin here was the easiest to do and I can update it super easy. That and I left subversion behind many years ago.
      Living in Thailand for close to two years has been quite an experience. We’ve been to Japan and we love it. I also went about 18 years ago when there were still few foreigners. Every trip was fantastic.
      How is Kauai?

  3. Anders Vinther says:

    Got a problem too… Author box is added to all pages as well as posts…
    Is it possible to add the author box only on posts?
    Thanks 🙂

    •  @Anders Vinther hi Anders – the author box shouldn’t show up on pages. What theme are you using? Is there an option to show authorship on pages and posts?

      • ayorofrance says:

         @RobertDempsey Hi Robert – thanks for the quick reply.
        I got it figured out… I think it’s added to pages as well because I have commenting enabled on pages…
        So I had to modify the code to test if is on a singluar post page before adding the box…
        It works now – thanks for your help 🙂

  4. Hi. Thanks for the plugin. I seem to be having some problems with it though (probably my fault!).
    I’ve followed the instructions (I’ve got a “Google Profile URL” section in my WordPress profile section) and the author box is turning up but no link is present. Have I done something wrong?
    Any help appreciated.

    •  @Ben Johnston hi Ben this is odd. It sounds like everything is correct. Please email me at support at dempseymarketing dot com and we can get this handled for you. I’ll need an account that can be deleted but I want to be sure the plugin is working right on your install. Thanks.

      •  @RobertDempsey Hi Robert. Thanks very much, I’ll set up a login for you shortly and send it over by email. Like I say, I’ve probably done something stupid!

        •  @Ben Johnston sounds good Ben. And don’t be too hasty with that stupid thing. We’re dealing with software here. It’s never perfect. We’ll get it figured out for ya.

        • George Rushby says:

           @RobertDempsey Did you manage to track down the issue with the no link ?

        •  @George Rushby hi George – I helped Ben by logging in to his site and checking thins out. Be sure to grab the latest version of the plugin ->

  5. Works fine except one thing it is not grabbling the author image. I only show a generic gravetar. How can I fix this?

    • Hi Paul – it’s using the standard WordPress image pull which I believe uses Gravatar. If the email address has a gravatar image associated it should work.

      Basically the plugin alters the WordPress author box, so if the gravatar image was working before it should still work.

    • Thanks Robert! I do have a Gravetar however, it seems with a skinned out Thesis theme it was pulling in the default avatar.

      It’s okay I found a solution…found a wp plugin that did the job! The Avatars plugin by Peter Sterling. A plugin to manage public and private avatars. I use this alongside of Roberts plugin.

      Now, I would like to have the box appear at the end of the post (just like your Robert) not at the beginning anyone know how to do this?

  6. Hi Robert,

    Does this plugin only work for single author sites?

    I’m using the Mocha child theme with multiple authors and I’ve installed the plugin and followed your instructions.

    I still get;

    Google search preview
    The following errors were found during preview generation:

    * This page does not contain authorship or rich snippet markup.

    Extracted Author for this page

    Page does not contain authorship information (learn more)

    Amongst other errors.

    I hope I haven’t missed a step. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



    • Hi Sebastian – it’s for both single author and multi-author blogs. I haven’t used your theme before so I’m not sure if there’s a theme specific issue. Regardless, ensure that for each of your authors you put the link to their Google+ profile page in their profile. There will be an additional field for it.

      If you still have trouble please let me know. I’ve helped a few people get it working but will need admin level access to your blog (and a number of days lead time) to check it out. So far the issues have been theme specific.

  7. Robert I love this plugin but am in need for your help, the bio shows up both on the top and the bottom of the post. I learned about this plugin from Kimberly Castleberry and she suggested I contact you as she has never seen this happen before. It is also happening on a friends site and we both use the same theme a twist of ten. Any suggestions as we would like to have it at the bottom of the post only.

    Thanks for this great plugin and I look forward to hearing back from you!

  8. Robert,

    I did whatever is instructed in the tutorial. But its not working at all for me. Immediate help is appreciated!

    Mike Webb

  9. Thanks so much for this. Was wrestling with where to put the code, considering setting up an author page, and all the rest of it then a lightbulb went off in my head to search for “rel author genesis” and lo and behold there’s a plugin! Thanks for saving a lot of time!

  10. Campbe McArthur or Robert can you shoot me a copy of the solution you guys came up with? I’d love to implement this with a hard code vs. the plugin if you have instructions.

  11. Hey Robert, not sure whats with the behavior I’m seeing with the non-genesis version on the Twenty Eleven theme. A really raw installation (not much there except some sampler content and Yoast’s WP SEO plugin). Have a look:

    All posts are owned by the only user “Kimberly Castleberry” and my G+ url has been added to the profile. Also the author box is at the top of the post not the bottom. I’m sure you notice when you look at it that it isn’t even displaying my display name in the author box, much less the G+ link.


    • Hi Kim – if you can give me an admin account temporarily on the site I can check it out. As for the positioning of the author box that’s up to the theme. On Genesis we can place it using hooks. I like it to be at the top for guest posters (and myself) but it could be placed elsewhere. Not sure on other themes though.

      • Hey Robert, would be happy to give you access to that little site. Just can’t poke at it Wednesday night as I’ll be using it for the second half of a wp seo 101 course I’m teaching. Why don’t you either DM or email me a email address to send credentials to, I dont think I have a direct email for you and your blog comment subscription emails are going through a no-reply address.

        My problem with it at the top is that it’s really not necessary there for a single author blog. I’ve always ran mine at the bottom for that reason.

  12. Hey, Robert

    Just wanted to pop in and say hi and thanks once again fro your assisting me with the dilemma I was facing. Truly appreciate that bro!


  13. Thanks for guide. It works just fine for me.

  14. Excellent just the thing I was looking for and really glad that you provided one for non Genesis themes as well.

  15. Thanks so much. Robert. I always learn something when I read your posts. You’re up on everything and a huge source of information and inspiration for me. I appreciate both. Thanks for the great post. I know everyone in my group will be eating this up.

  16. Hi Robert,

    I thank you for your fine tutorial as well as the Google+ invite and plugin. My only problem is that it changes the position of my Author Box to below my genesis box which I do not want. Is there a way to do this via code directly vs using this plugin?

    I have added the Google Profile in my User Info by adding this into my functions.php via the generous help of Cyndi on the Genesis Forums. My question is how do I create the hyperlink in my name in my Author Box pointing to my GOOGLE Profile without this Plugin Installed?

    //add more user contact methods
    add_filter(‘user_contactmethods’, ‘more_contactmethods’);
    function more_contactmethods($contactmethods) {
    $contactmethods[‘twitter’] = ‘Twitter username’;
    $contactmethods[‘facebook’] = ‘Facebook URL’;
    $contactmethods[‘linkedin’] = ‘LinkedIn URL’;
    $contactmethods [‘youtube’] = ‘YouTube URL’;
    $contactmethods[‘google_profile’] = ‘Google Profile URL’;
    return $contactmethods;


    Thank you Robert


    • Hi Campbell – yes you can change the position. The code you want to edit is the hook “add_action ( ‘genesis_before_comments’, ‘abr_author_box’, 10, 1)”

      You can change the “genesis_before_comments” hook to use another location on your post or page.

      As for how to add the link to the author box without the plugin you would need to create a custom author box like we did in the plugin and output it using the Genesis hooks. The code in the plugin should get you going with it.

      • Hey, Robert
        I have tried editing that very line numerous times within the plugin and I don’t know what I am doing wrong but I cannot get it to appear above my Genesis-Box for the life of me!

        Any help would be appreciated if you would not mind.

        Thank you Robert


        • If you have the code in the functions.php file AND you’re using the plugin you’ll want to delete the code from functions.php. Let’s connect on Skype and I can help you out. DM me on Twitter for that –

          • Hey Robert,

            Thank you for coming to my aid this evening I have been struggleing with the positioning of the Author Box via plugin assist until you helped me. Thank you so much for you time and willingness to be kind and generous to your fellow man. I thank you for that from the bottom of my heart!


          • B.T.W ….I really like your site!

          • Personally speaking, I think GOOGLE + will become the new Facebook which is fine with me as I have never cared for Facebook to begin with and I would be pleased if Google put them in their place.

            Facebook to me, never really signified the open source community.

  17. Perfect timing! I have to put the finishing touches on my husband’s new site which is in Genesis. I just got the author code working on my Thesis, and now I don’t have to worry about having to research how to do it with Genesis as well. Thanks for sharing!

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