Google Author Rank is the next big trend in SEO. I am not going to go into it in this post, but if you haven’t read about it yet, you can do so here.
My favorite tool to check if Author Rank is implemented correctly is the Google Rich Snippet Tool. With the Rich Snippet Tool, you can input a URL, and the tool will show you how your page should appear in Google search results if the Authorship tag was implemented correctly.
The Rich Snippet Tool is really useful if you’re new to Google Author Rank and want to check if you’ve set it up correctly. Just because you see your image next to your page in the tool, however, does not mean you will see it in the actual search results. Google needs to first believe that you are an authority author before it will start showing your picture and Google+ profile in its SERPs. Getting the Authorship tags implemented and tested correctly is the first step though.
Click here for the Rich Snippet Tool.