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Brandon Eley
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Well, I'm glad I didn't invest THAT much time into setting up authorship for many of my domains. Not as much as some have anyway...
 
I’ve been involved since we first started testing authorship markup and displaying it in search results. We've gotten lots of useful feedback from all kinds of webmasters and users, and we've tweaked, updated, and honed recognition and displaying of authorship information. Unfortunately, we've also observed that this information isn’t as useful to our users as we’d hoped, and can even distract from those results. With this in mind, we've made the difficult decision to stop showing authorship in search results. 

(If you’re curious -- in our tests, removing authorship generally does not seem to reduce traffic to sites. Nor does it increase clicks on ads. We make these kinds of changes to improve our users’ experience.)

On a personal note, it's been fun and interesting travelling the road of authorship with all of you. There have been weird quirks, bugs, some spam to fight, but the most rewarding thing has been (and will continue to be) interacting with webmasters themselves. We realize authorship wasn't always easy to implement, and we greatly appreciate the effort you put into continually improving your sites for your users.  Thank you!

Going forward, we're strongly committed to continuing and expanding our support of structured markup (such as schema.org). This markup helps all search engines better understand the content and context of pages on the web, and we'll continue to use it to show rich snippets in search results.

It’s also worth mentioning that Search users will still see Google+ posts from friends and pages when they’re relevant to the query — both in the main results, and on the right-hand side. Today’s authorship change doesn’t impact these social features.

As always, we’ll keep expanding and improving the set of free tools we provide to make it easier for you to optimize your sites. Thank you again, and please keep the feedback coming.
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Great info here, helped me find the data I was looking for and confirmed my belief that chat increases e-commerce conversions. Our conversion rate where we interact with customers via live chat is a whopping 15%, compared with 3% overall conversion rate. Wow!
* This tutorial assumes that you are already using Google Analytics and are familiar with the basics of how it works. If you’re new, Google Analytics is a powerful tool that helps you understand and analyze your web traffic. A great tutorial on how it works is available here. Today we’re announcing a new feature which is... Read More
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E-Commerce and Online Marketing Author, Blogger & Speaker
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  • EleyMedia, LLC
    E-Commerce & Online Marketing Speaker and Author, 2010 - present
  • 2BigFeet.com
    Founder & CEO, 1999 - present
  • Kelsey Advertising & Design
    Interactive Director, 2006 - 2014
  • SitePoint
    Editor, SitePoint Tribune, 2009 - 2012
  • SitePoint
    Author, Online Marketing Inside Out, 2009 - 2009
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LaGrange, Georgia
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E-Commerce and Online Marketing Author, Blogger & Speaker
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Brandon Eley an e-commerce veteran with over 15 years of experience. He is the founder of large shoe retailer 2BigFeet.com, author of Online Marketing Inside Out, and author, blogger and speaker on e-commerce and online marketing. For more information on writing or speaking opportunities, visit the Speaking page or contact Brandon directly. For consulting requests, see the E-Commerce Consulting page.

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Proud father of two kids smarter than me, wrote a book, spoke at an international event, full-time entrepreneur.
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If I could give Peachtree Immediate Care zero stars I would. I came down with (what I now know was) the flu in April and having never had the flu before felt like I was dying. I decided to visit Peachtree Immediate Care over a weekend to try and get treated as quickly as possible. When I checked in and filled out the initial paperwork I asked, as I always do, how much an office visit costs. The receptionist would not tell me how much an office visit cost even though I explained we have a high deductible insurance and pay everything out of pocket. After waiting for what seemed like 2 hours, I saw a nurse practitioner - not a doctor - for about 5 minutes. They asked my symptoms and took a swab to test for the flu. They came back and told me I had the flu and that the only prescription they could give me was Tamiflu which I would also have to pay out of pocket. I ended up not getting the prescription filled because it was over $100 everywhere I called. Fast forward two months, I got an email stating my card was going to be charged $204.94 for the visit. TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS to see a nurse practitioner for FIVE MINUTES?? I emailed and called and the people I spoke with in the billing department were both unwilling to do anything and very rude and dismissive. I have been to lots of walk-in clinics since we end up paying out of pocket anyway, and even in NYC the walk in clinics only charge $100 for a visit (not including any tests of course). For a LAGRANGE walk-in clinic to charge $205 for a visit and flu test (which was marked down by my insurance from $400+ according to the employee in billing department) is asinine. I will drive to Atlanta before I go back to Peachtree Immediate Care in LaGrange. Even if I got insurance with NO copay I wouldn't go back.
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
We were seated immediately at a large table and I initially thought this place was going to be a great place to kill some time while we waited for our flight. The food and drinks were much more expensive than even most airport food, but the food came out quickly and the portions were very large, especially for the kids meals. Unfortunately it went downhill from there. They (or rather the customer) uses iPads to input your order and it asks you for gratuity when you place the order, before you have ever gotten your food or gotten any service. I set gratuity to 0, but checked to leave the tab open so we could order dessert or another drink. After we had eaten our food our waiter checked on us and my wife asked for a refill of iced tea. After he had not brought it in about 10 minutes I asked about it and he quickly brought it a couple of minutes later telling us they were out but he had gotten some from another restaurant close by. I thought that was very nice of him instead of just telling us they were out, even if it took a while. About 10 minutes later the bartender Amal came over to our table with a serious attitude waving a receipt saying we had closed out our tab. I told him I didn't close the tab but he cut me off and rudely told me that yes I did and stormed off. I assume he was a little upset because I had set the gratuity to zero, but I never had any intention of not tipping. Even with a closed out tab I would have happily tipped in cash. I can only assume the system automatically closes a tab after several minutes of inactivity. Now I'm sitting here with my family having just been put in an awful mood by some jerk and I don't want to give a dime of gratuity. But our server did a decent job and I know it wasn't his fault. So I'm dropping some cash on the table and leaving instead of ordering more drinks and dessert. Still have 40 minutes to kill before our flight boards but I'd rather sit at the gate than stay here.
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Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
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UPDATE 6/23/15: Manager called to address the situation and "make it right." He and a technician came out today and spent two hours treating the house and speaking with me about the account. They are coming back Friday with appropriate equipment to complete the service. Adjusted the review to reflect that we are not as dissatisfied. Will continue to adjust the review going forward as well. -------------------- We hired Northwest Exterminating Co., Inc. to resolve a carpenter bee issue and to do general bug control. After months of still having carpenter bees drilling new holes, we tried to get someone back at our house only to be stood up by the technician. Then I got a collection notice for nonpayment. I called Northwest and informed them that I would be happy to pay only once the issue had been resolved. When I tried to schedule an appointment we were informed that our contract was cancelled. Now I just got a letter from a collection agency demanding payment. You can't have it both ways... you can't cancel our contract then demand payment for services that were never rendered! Just about the WORST customer service you can imagine. As a small business owner myself, I'm actually shocked they would cancel our account, then have the audacity to turn us over to a collection agency or "law firm" for nonpayment. I will be notifying this "firm" that we dispute the collection. And if they decide to take this further, I will hand it off to MY attorney, to see what my options are.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago