How to Set Authorship on Facebook for a WordPress Blog

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How to Set Authorship on Facebook for a WordPress Blog

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What is authorship on Facebook? And how do you set authorship on a WordPress blog?

Have you noticed that when some people’s links are posted on Facebook, it displays a link to their Facebook page? Take a look at the bottom of this image:
facebook author tag wordpress

This is really simple to set up; all you do is add the Facebook author tag to your WordPress site, and it shows up automatically whenever anyone shares a link to your site.

How to add a Facebook author tag using the Yoast SEO Plugin:

Go to the SEO option in your sidebar, and select “Social” from the pop-up menu:

add authorship facebook wordpress yoast

On the next screen, select the Facebook tab:

faecbook authorship wordpress yoast

You need to tick the box “Add Open Graph Meta Data.” Save your changes and head to your Users Profile area:

facebook authorship wordpress yoast

Scroll down the page to Contact Info and add a link to your Facebook profile in the relevant box:

facebook authorship wordpress yoast

Hey presto – a link to your Facebook page now appears when you post a link to Facebook.

This can work really well on websites with multiple authors – because you can add Facebook profile URLs for each user, and then their details show up when a link is posted.

To see this in action, check out the links posted by BuzzFeed to Facebook – they have several different authors, and links contain author tags that will take you to their individual pages.

buzzfeed uses facebook authorship

 

How to add a Facebook author tag directly in WordPress:

If you don’t have the Yoast SEO plugin, and you don’t want to install it, you can still add a Facebook author tag to your blog.

Add the following code to the head section of your blog:

header code facebook authorship wordpress

Obviously, you would include your own Facebook links here.

 

Once you have done this, you should find that any link to your blog posted on Facebook will include a link to your Facebook page.

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By | 2016-02-15T11:29:43+00:00 November 20th, 2015|Blogging|10 Comments

About the Author:

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Vicky is a social media and blogging trainer who offers workshops and one-to-one coaching in Salisbury as well as online training and webinars. You can read her personal blog at SingleMotherAhoy.com.

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    Joanne November 23, 2015 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    I did not know this great tip! Runs off to add my link!

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      Vicky Charles November 26, 2015 at 1:01 pm - Reply

      Thank you! And thank you for sharing my post as well!

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    Kara November 24, 2015 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Thanks Vicky, this was really useful

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      Vicky Charles November 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm - Reply

      I’m so glad you found it useful!

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    Candace November 27, 2015 at 6:45 am - Reply

    Going to ask a very silly question but what difference does it make? Is there s need to do this?

    Just intrigued as to any benefit of doing this or more importantly any detrimental effect it’s had by not doing this

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      Vicky Charles December 2, 2015 at 9:53 am - Reply

      I don’t believe it has any detrimental effect by not doing it – I think it’s just nice to have a link to your Facebook page under a link, not so much for when you share on your own page but for when other people share your posts on Facebook – it gives people the option to come and find your Facebook page. File under “nice to have” I think.

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    Mrs Tubbs November 29, 2015 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Oh, I wonder if you can do that in Blogger. I shall have to Google .. Thank you, this is really useful!

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      Vicky Charles December 2, 2015 at 9:49 am - Reply

      Hi, there is a way to do it in Blogger but I’m afraid I don’t know how

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    Laura @ Life with Baby Kicks January 28, 2016 at 6:58 am - Reply

    Oh I didn’t know this and have just gone to do that, I’m off to post a link on a random group now to check it worked!

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    Gin November 13, 2016 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    okay this sounds like a good ideal but when I go to Yoast SEO I don’t have a “Social” option. It only offers Dashboard, General, Features, Company Info, Webmaster Tools, and Security as icon options to click on.

    Is this feature perhaps only offered on the Premium Yoast SEO? I have the free plug in.

    Thanks.

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