How to Fix Missing: author Error from Blogger Template?

Are you getting the Missing required hCard "author" or similar hEntry / microformat error in Google's structure data testing tool? This is an issue with your Blogger template. Learn how to fix missing author error from template?

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Missing:author error

In your Google Search Console you might see an error that missing: author. This error can be found in Google Webmaster Tools -> Search Appearance -> Structured Data- > hentry (markup: microformats.org). However for confirmation you can test your Blog by Google structure data testing tool.  After testing your Blogger template on Google structure data testing tools if you see this is displaying an error then you must fix this error as soon as possible.

The origin of this error is a hatom error under microformats.org markup. This error means search engine can’t understand the Blog Author. Formerly there was great impact of author on search engine. Because Author image often got visibility beside of content link on search engine. And this feature was known as Google’s Rich snippet error. If Google search robot can’t identify the author image then they don’t show the author image on search engine.


However now this system has changed and after evolving Google Plus now author image is displaying on search engine through Google Plus shared content. Google search Robot or spider whatever visit our site then they try to understand our site thus they can display on search engine result page fruitfully. But if this machine can’t read your Blog then your site may not get frequent visibility on search engine result page.

author missing error

Though this is a less important SEO related issue but we should make our template error free. To solve this issue please follow the below tutorial-
Step 1 Go to https://www.blogger.com and Sign in to your account
Step 2 From Blogger Dashboard click on ->Template ->Edit HTML 
Step 3 And locate script like below from your Blogger template


<span class='post-author vcard' >
                    <b:if cond='data:top.showAuthor'>
                      <b:if cond='data:post.authorProfileUrl'>
                        <span class='fn'>
                          <a expr:href='data:post.authorProfileUrl' rel='author' title='author profile'>
                            <data:post.author/>
                          </a>
                        </span>
                      <b:else/>
                        <span class='fn'><data:post.author/></span>
                      </b:if>
                    </b:if>
                  </span>

Note that the code maybe not matches exactly like above but locate similar code like above from your Blogger template.
Step 4 Finally replace the above code by below script.


<span class='post-author vcard'>
                <b:if cond='data:top.showAuthor'>
                  <b:if cond='data:post.authorProfileUrl'>
                  <span class='fn' itemprop='author' itemscope='itemscope' itemtype='http://schema.org/Person'>  
                      <meta expr:content='data:post.authorProfileUrl' itemprop='url'/>
                      <a class='g-profile' expr:href='data:post.authorProfileUrl' rel='author' title='author profile'>
                        <span itemprop='name'><data:post.author/></span>
                      </a>
                    </span>
                  <b:else/>
                    <span class='fn' itemprop='author' itemscope='itemscope' itemtype='http://schema.org/Person'>
                      <span itemprop='name'><data:post.author/></span>
                    </span>
                  </b:if>
                </b:if>
              </span>

Step 5 Now simply hit the Save template button.

I have added a special feature in this script which is currently using in my template. When a visitor will mouse over on your name then your Google Plus profile will show up. This will help the search Robot to understand your site and details about you from your Google Plus page.

Google plus profile


Now check your Blog URL on https://developers.google.com/structured-data/testing-tool/ and see the result that error has gone.

articles rich snippets


Generally microformats.org vocabulary can understand and read by all major search engines. In this script you will see a little change. I have denoted the author by below markup.

  • http://schema.org/Person
This means the whole script is for author or Blog writer, admin whatever search robot will understand easily.

And for easy understanding I have added itemprop='author' which will give additional information to search robot about the Blog author.

After applying this script it will take 3 to 4 days to take effect. Because you have to wait until search Robot visit and crawl your site, so be patient. 

structured data

After few days check your Blog data from Google Webmaster Tools -> Search Appearance -> Structured Data- > hentry (markup: microformats.org) and see the error is reducing. I hope this tutorial help you to improve your Blog SEO. Happy Blogging!!!

Speak Your Mind

Jhari jutt says: 12/20/2015

Helo admin can you tell me about loading script that you are using in your blog... specially on on pages.
waiting for your reply.....

Mohammad Fazle Rabbi says: 12/20/2015

Hi Jhari..Are you talking about Loading script or Animation? actually I didn't understand. :t Whatever, I don't use any loading script like Lazyload or something. But I use only loading animation. And I have generated this animation by using an online tools. I will share this soon. ;)

Innocent Cyril says: 10/16/2016

am so much happy to it it work because have been searching to solve this but today i find your site and i have solve it thanks
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Mohammad Fazle Rabbi says: 10/17/2016

Hi Innocent Cyril, I am really glade to hear that. Thanks for your feedback. :sp

#31# O-O says: 2/15/2017

HELLO Moahammad, it doesnt work unfortunately....

Rabbi Khan says: 2/15/2017

Hi There, You will find below code 2 times so replace both. then it will work.


<span class='post-author vcard' >
<b:if cond='data:top.showAuthor'>
<b:if cond='data:post.authorProfileUrl'>
<span class='fn'>
<a expr:href='data:post.authorProfileUrl' rel='author' title='author profile'>
<data:post.author/>
</a>
</span>
<b:else/>
<span class='fn'><data:post.author/></span>
</b:if>
</b:if>
</span>



Thank you. ;)

#31# O-O says: 2/15/2017

i cant find it, can u help me? i sent u my template code in ur facebook page, can u tell me what row i have to replace?

Rabbi Khan says: 2/15/2017

Hi There, Your template only displaying comment, and publishing date. I didn't find any author information. Maybe you have deleted the author name. Author name must be display on homepage and post page.
:(

Page To Watch says: 3/31/2017

Thank you. My issue of Missing author has resolved

Rabbi Khan says: 3/31/2017

Hi Page to watch :)
Nice to hear that.

Pranab Sen says: 10/09/2017

Well done. Very useful to me. Also will wait to see future update from your blog.

Rabbi Khan says: 10/30/2017

Thank you Pranab Sen :)

محمود شرف says: 12/16/2017

thank you very much it worked with me. thank you

محمود شرف says: 12/16/2017

thank in arabic
شكرا لك

Projects Kart says: 2/08/2018

Hey Rabbi Khan,

Thanks for publishing the detailed article with the code snippet to fix the issue. I have used the code snippet in my blog but I still see the Author error is getting increased as and when Google crawls.

Could you please help me fix this error as I'm not sure what to do in order to fix.

URL: http://www.projectskart.com/

Please let me know if you want me to share the template code to analyze. If yes, please share your email ID or any mode of sharing the file.

Rabbi Khan says: 3/26/2018

Hi Project Kart :up
After applying the script it takes few days to take changes on Google Search Console. I just checked your site on "Structured Data Testing Tool", now in your theme doesn't have any error.

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Blogger Spice says: ADMIN 4/24/2018

I am very glade to hear that. :up

Abhinay Berde says: 5/15/2018

By mistake, I had remove the author profile links in my website.
I want to add the author name again. How to add it?
my blog www.abhinayberde.com

Blogger Spice says: ADMIN 5/15/2018

:w Simply re-upload the blogger theme from backup file.

FforFree says: 5/29/2018

I am still getting some errors and warnings what could be the Issue please >> https://search.google.com/structured-data/testing-tool#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fforfree.net%2F

Blogger Spice says: ADMIN 6/06/2018

After adding the script please wait for 24 to 72 hours for server update. If you have added the script accurately then you won't get any error.

Sanjeev ojha says: 6/11/2018

From many days, I am facing same type of problem and searching for this type of solution with step by step process. Thanks to sharing this post.

Blogger Spice says: ADMIN 6/13/2018

Welcome bro :)

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