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No doubt that you know how to setup your Google Authorship profile so that you can see your Google+ profile image in the SERPs (search engine results page). But how to you find the impressions and clicks your articles receives. Google has a solution for that… Webmaster Tools!

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How to Find Impressions and Clicks for Your Authorship Profile
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Possible Obstacles
These are the solutions for two obstacles you may encounter when searching out your Author Stats. However, if you still are having trouble, consider contacting a SEO Freelancer to help you out.
Figure 1: Example of Google Authorship in the Google
·   Don’t know where to find you account: If you’re not familiar with Google’s Webmaster Tools software and where to find it simply search Google for “webmaster tools” while you are signed into Google and you’ll access your account
·   Don’t have a Webmaster Tools account: When you search Google for “webmaster tools” and click the URL you’ll be prompted to signup. Follow the instructions for the easy setup.

Finding the Author Stats
Webmaster Tools has gone under many changes lately, so if you’re not in there frequently the navigation may change. For now, the Author Stats are located in the left navigation under “Labs” dropdown menu (see figure 1).
Figure 2: Author Stats in the Google Webmaster Tools account

The next screen will display your statistics. You’ll be able to see stats from 1) your website/blog, 2) blogs that you contribute to, 3) your Google+ profile stats (see figure 3).

The stats that Google offers are:
·         Impressions: how many times your authored page showed in the SERPs,
·         Clicks: the number of clicks your article received,
·         CTR: the click-through-rate of your article, which is impressions divided by clicks. This gives you an idea of your title’s effectiveness,

·         Avg. Position: your article may show in many positions, this number shows you the average position that your article is seen in.
Figure 3: Example of different stats in Webmaster Tools

Take the next step! Go find your stats and then develop an action plan to improve them towards your business goals: increase leads, increase product sales, increase brand awareness, or others.
 Kevin Rowe
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Kevin Rowe is a SEO freelancer that helps companies increase valuable and targeted search engine traffic to their website. You can learn more about Kevin at, or contact him at

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