Following our discussion about establishing yourself on Google Authorship, wouldn’t you like to know if your profile is paying off? Well, now you can. We found this nifty tool that will quantify your internet presence on a scale of 1 to 10. Virante’s Author Rank measures the average search engine strength of the content linked to your Google+ Authorship account, and offers additional metrics to help you figure out where you stand in the ranking.
All you need to get started is a Google Authorship account, and links to your content in the “Contributor To” section. Once you’ve got that, simply enter your Google+ ID, which can either be a 21-digit number sequence or a name you’ve customized, into the rank tool. While it’s not the definitive word on the quality of your work, it is fun to take for a spin. You can also try to track down the profiles for other writers/bloggers you like and see how you stack up.
Check out this report we pulled on Washington Post reporter Ezra Klein:
Virante say the numbers beyond the rank score can mean different things. Here’s a brief breakdown of what these numbers are telling you about your content:
- Low AuthorTrust: You need to attract better links. Meaning, write for sites with higher quality links, or lure better ones to your own site.
- Low AuthorExternalRank: You might need to get your content shared on more social networks.
- Low Avg Page Authority or Low Avg Domain Authority: Publish more on better sites.
For more on how Authorship Rank generates these numbers and what they mean, see the FAQ page. Have thoughts about Author Rank? Please share them below!