Rel=publisher and rel=author - which will take precedence?
Posted Date: 16-Nov-2011
We just learned what happens if both rel=publisher and rel=author markups are used at the same time in a web page. Read more to find out how it works at the same time.
Google recently announced webmasters and bloggers can use rel=publisher and rel=author markups in their web pages to tell Google who is the publisher and who is the author of the content. If those markups are correctly used and are linked to Google+ page/profile, then Google may show the publisher/author information in the search results.
Well, that was officially announced by Google couple of days back. Just like anyone else, we too went ahead and implemented the suggestions. Now all of our webpages have a markup, connecting the websites to our official Google+ Page.
What happens if you use rel=publisher and rel=author tags at the same time a web page
It was unknown what happens if both tags are used at the same time. If you use the
rich snippet test tool
from Google Webmaster Tools, it will complain that it cannot handle both rel=publisher and rel=author tags at the same time! You can experience it yourself
But the result is not unknown anymore. Today, we discovered that
if both rel=publisher and rel=author at the same time in a webpage, Google would pick the rel=publisher markup and include that in the search results.
for pointing this out.
Here is a screenshot showing our Google+ Page thumbnail included in the search results along with a page in our website
The above picture shows the thumbnail of our official Google+ Page for that site (NewRecruitments.com). If you go to the corresponding page and look at the source, you can see that we have used both
markups in the same time, even though the Google rich snippet testing tool does not like it.
Here are the publisher markups we have in the page:
<link href="https://plus.google.com/102008303288785034531" rel="publisher" />
<a href="/member/sowmya.aspx" rel="author"><span itemprop="author">S. Sowmya</span></a>
The conclusion here is, if both tags are used, then the
markup takes precedence.
Update on 27 Nov 2011: Google confirmed in the
that both rel=publisher and rel=author markups can be used at the same time and the warning from Rich Snippet Testing tool is a bug.
Here are some useful links:
How to use rel=publisher tag
How does rel=publisher fit in to the standards
Learn how to link your website to your official Google+ Page
Rel=publisher - is it a standard HTML markup or valid meta tag?
Rel=Publisher meta tag: Syntax and Use
How Google+ insulted me showing a toilet picture in my profile page
How to use rel=publisher and rel=author at the same time for a webpage
How to use Google+ Pages to drive traffic to your website
How to link Google+ page to your website
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