Adding Rel="author" to your website or blog takes several steps and it is confusing....this is why I broke it up into several posts. It takes multiple steps to make rel="author" work, but the outcome is improved visibility and credibility as the author or artist for the content on your site. Go back to the previous posts if you missed a step.
We are at the final step Link your Google+ profile to the content you create.
You need to submit your email address to Google Webmaster.
For my web site it was easy. My email address matches my web site. (this is illustrated below.)
E-MAIL: bermaid [at] harriete-estel-berman.info
I just put my email in the box on this page and I was done verifying authorship (shown below.)
For my blog it was much more complicated since my email does not match my blog address. I clicked on the Google link that says: Use this method to link your content to your Google+ profile)
SCROLL DOWN PAST ALL THE ADVERTISEMENTS.
Look for the instructions shown below....or click on the picture for instructions.
[profile_url] with the your Google+ profile URL, like this:
<a href="https://plus.google.com/106331966149937206693 rel=author">Google</a>
That is one choice. I also added a link to my Google+ profile in the left column on my blog.
Another option is to add a link to my ABOUT page and/or at the bottom of every blog post. This was a suggestion from the Jill Whalen article and it worked.
I found that my search results for my name changed with a couple of days, it can take longer.
Harriete Estel Berman