Shared publicly  - 
 
I was researching some competitive insurance and real estate searches this evening when I stumbled upon something pretty interesting. It was an extremely competitve search for “apartments for rent“, a query with 4,000,000 broad match monthly searches. At the very top of Google was ...
3
1
Keith Brown's profile photoAJ Kohn's profile photoPaul Gailey Alburquerque's profile photoJonathan Jeter's profile photo
7 comments
 
What a really neat find. Thanks for sharing. Looks like I need to dye my hair.
AJ Kohn
+
1
2
1
 
So, the testing tool is currently broken (returning a false positive) and will show the publisher logo instead of the author. I've seen this a number of times even when Authorship is working.

There's also been some work done by Google to extend Authorship beyond just the root domain. Many sites might have content on the root domain but the author bios on a my. subdomain. In the old world, Authorship would have failed because subdomains were ... different. 

Google's trying to fix that issue (instead of forcing sites to move author pages or user pages to the root domain) and the result is that it sometimes picks up odd stuff through a series of references. 

Just more fallout as Google tries to improve the adoption and coverage of the Authorship mark-up.
 
Very interesting thanks for the feedback AJ. If anybody knew it was probably you. Any idea why it decided to show this picture versus all the other author profiles for the website?
AJ Kohn
+
1
2
1
 
That's a bit of a mystery +Keith Brown. Gremlins in the Authorship verification system. 
 
Might have been some schema markup in there that was removed. I've known a few SEOs who might have added itemprop="logo" to an image of a blonde to get better clickthru on the results.

It's fixed now, though, I can't get the blonde "logo" to show up.
Add a comment...