How to Add Facebook Author Tag in WordPress


Have you noticed that Facebook is now displaying author information on links shared on Facebook? Recently one of our users saw our Facebook status and asked us how they can add the Facebook author tag on their site. Considering the massive user base of Facebook, this is crucial to any site’s social media strategy. In this article, we will show you how add the Facebook author meta tag in WordPress.

Facebook Author Tag Demo

How Does Facebook Author Tag Work?

Once you add the Facebook author tag on your site, it will display your name with a link back to your profile any time your article is shared.

This is great for both single author blogs and multi-author blogs because it bring more exposure to your personal brand.

There are several ways to add the Facebook Author tag on your site. We will show you both the plugin method as well as the code method to add Facebook Author meta tag on your WordPress site.

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Add Facebook Author Tag Using Yost WordPress SEO Plugin

If you are using Yoast WordPress SEO plugin, then you are in luck because it has Facebook open graph meta data support.

You just need to visit SEO » Social page in your WordPress admin and make sure that the box next to ‘Add Open Graph meta data’ option is checked.

Enable Facebook open graph meta data in WordPress

The next step is to add your Facebook ID in your WordPress account. Simply visit Users » Your Profile page and enter your Facebook profile URL and click on the save changes button to store your settings.

Add Facebook profile URL in WordPress

That’s all, WordPress SEO will now automatically insert Facebook author tag or published by tag when you publish an article. WordPress SEO also allows you to easily add a page title and description for Facebook, and you can even explicitly set Facebook thumbnail for your posts.

Add Facebook Author Tag in WordPress using Code

Since we already use Yoast SEO plugin on our site, it made sense for us to use the above method. However if you want to add Facebook author meta tag on your site without a plugin, then simply add the following code in your site’s <head> section.

  <meta property="article:publisher" content="http://facebook.com/yourpagelink" />    <meta property="article:author" content="http://facebook.com/yourprofilelink" />  

Make sure to replace the links above with your site’s Facebook page link and your personal profile link.

If you don’t want to edit your theme files, then you can use our Insert Headers and Footers plugin to add this code in your site.

We hope this article helped you add Facebook author tag in your WordPress site. You may also want to see our beginner’s guide on how to add Twitter cards in WordPress.

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