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Nick Groh

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I've heard Google Authorship is for the most part going away?  What will this change?
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Charissa de Scande Lotter's profile photoAmmon Johns's profile photoOrlando Salcedo's profile photo
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Perfect answer +Ammon Johns. Most of the people are living with the similar confusion. :)
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Ann Smarty
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It has just occurred to me that another positive change after photo removal seems to be the fact that we are now getting more than one authorship snippet per SERPs?
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Robert Prescott's profile photoJD Ebberly's profile photoPeter Bui's profile photoNatasha Woodford's profile photo
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Ah, that makes sense... Thank you +Ann Smarty for bringing this up..I wondered what had happened to our authorship photo
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Jean-Christophe Lavocat

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Community profile picture
So, with all these changes, what will we take as a profile picture for this community +Mark Traphagen  ;-)
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+Jean-Christophe Lavocat that's a good question. Hadn't even thought about it. Will have to consider for sure.
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Mike Arnesen
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Is anyone else seeing author photos and circle counts back in their SERPs?
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Mark Traphagen's profile photoDavid Saunders's profile photo
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They disappeared for me yesterday afternoon and have remained gone.
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Hi all

I confess, i've not been around here for a good while yet, like in the early days, and yet with all the good IO fuss today, I trust this didn't go unnoticed.

The cynic in me says it was just bad timing that this news seeps out on the same day attention is elsewhere as afterall Google have a tonne of people and teams not necessarily in the know of each other plans in advance, and I guess on balance we kinda knew that the grandfathering in advantages of authorship would lessen over time as adoption increases.

Much like much of search marketing advantages I guess, you have to stay on the edge to maintain an edge.
Google`s Jon Mueller announces Google will be removing images and circle counts from authors from the SERPS. Authorship remains important however.
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Chris Leather

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Author profile and business pages. What is the most effective way to use them?

I currently have my main profile plus several pages relating to different websites I run. The pages are all mapped to the websites and I have the authorship for articles set to my profile.

What I'm wondering about is whether this is the most effective way to invest my time. Having just a personal profile would be less effort and much easier to gain followers. However, I guess having a page for a website is more topic specific.

Any ideas?
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+Rupert Wood Thanks for the wise words.
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Torben Rick

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Need an advice: I just got an another request from well known site to repost some of my blog post. In such a case would you ask them to add  rel="author" to the post that they want to repost? Or?

Thanks
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Rachel Roodhardt's profile photoTorben Rick's profile photo
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Rel-canonical then 8-)
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Google Authorship test go do the searches your self 
 
Author Rank my not be in full force but Google Authorship sure is.
Site With Google Authorship 1st page for keywords in less then a week the  site without Authorship like it invisible.
ON Bing it the other way around. 
go see for yourself :roof moss removal salem 
If your not using Authorship and not on the first page of Google Now there Proof it's worth the time to set it up.
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Mark Traphagen's profile photoMatt Lambert's profile photo
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Have it your way, Matt. Have a nice day.
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Mark Taylor

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There's a big shout out on author credibility in this video, along with a ton of other stuff (HT to +Joshua Berg for bringing this to my attention).

What's the view in the Community with regard to pursuing a Guest Post strategy to broaden the authorship outreach, with a view to improving author credibility? If done, I'd suggest adding nofollow links or none at all as that's not the primary objective.
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Mark Traphagen's profile photoسینا شادباد's profile photoMatthew Simmons's profile photoEric Enge's profile photo
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+Mark Traphagen Thanks - just a quick corrective note that my article on OPA will be publishing in Copyblogger.  I am excited about this one!
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Joe Rega

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What is everyone's thoughts on this? What does this mean for authorship?
Today, Google’s Vic Gundotra announced that he would be leaving the company after eight years. The first obvious question is where this leaves Google+,..
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Alicia Kolesnikova's profile photoKerry Correa's profile photoJoe Rega's profile photo
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Besides, if you believe some of the stats out there, Google+ user base is catching up to the Facebook one. So why would they quit now? Not until there's evidence that social networking is dead altogether, and something new is brewing...
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Terry Simmonds

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Now that Google has stopped showing Authorship photos, is it time to start using authorship properly on pages more?

i.e. mark up all blocks of content on pages to their respective authors, mark up comments to their authors, mark up reviews to reviewers, mark up content written by businesses to the business, etc.?
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+Tony McCreath yes, you can do it to any block of content, doesn't necessarily just have to be comments.

"Last I heard it just attributed authorship to the first link it found on the page."

That's partly my point, Google attribute the 1st Author for display purposes, but in my opinion that doesn't mean we don't mark up other content too.

The whole Authorship for display purposes has ruined the implication of authorship, even Google themselves use multiple author tags in Google+
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Bradley Smith

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+Mark Traphagen, I've been following the recent news on Authorship without images. I came across your +Search Engine Land post over the weekend. Great observations. Great research. This article is a good resource on the current state of Authorship without photos. Bookmarked! Here's the link again in case anyone missed it: http://searchengineland.com/google-removes-author-photos-search-mean-195236
The search world was rocked by yesterday’s announcement by Google’s Webmaster trends analyst John Mueller that Google will be removing all author photos and Google+ view counts from search results on both desktop and mobile. This change will roll out to all users over the next few days. The pressing question for most people is […]
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Mark Traphagen's profile photoJD Ebberly's profile photoJames Dearsley's profile photoKlaus Rössler's profile photo
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Anyone have some coffee? ;-)
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Terry Simmonds

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Google Structured Data Testing Tool updated to reflect no Profile photos in Authorship.

I see the SDTT no longer shows Profile photos when Authorship is set up,

Also publisher photos are no longer displayed when publisher is set up.
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Mark Traphagen's profile photoJoseph Mas's profile photo
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Thanks +Mark Traphagen. I also noticed most of the errors were unrelated to the markup. I double checked the markup in source code like 3 times too. That's why I thought it may be a bug. I even looked up the errors on schema.org but there is no information about what would trigger them. 
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Mark Traphagen
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Are Byline Only Authorship Results in Search Worthless?

Google's announcement that they will begin removing all author photos and Google+ counts from search results was met with a chicken little reaction from many content creators and webmasters.

Without the author photo, their assumption is that Google Authorship has little to no value. I try to counter that assumption in my +Search Engine Land article at http://stonet.co/1lwxaDm as does +Cyrus Shepard on +Moz at http://stonet.co/1nPxfie

But what about that which remains, the author byline? (See below for a screenshot of what an Authorship result now looks like.) Is it useless? Many assume so since it doesn't draw the eye as powerfully as a face image. I'd like to offer an alternative view.

The Text Under Your Google Link DOES Matter
More and more SEO's are advising their clients to optimize their meta descriptions for their pages. Not because it helps ranking (it doesn't), but because a lot of people really do scan those descriptions before deciding which result to click on.

When I analyze my own search behavior, I see this in action. We assume that the #1 result gets most of the clicks. That's probably true in most cases, but it isn't 100% and not automatic. Many times something about the top result doesn't make me want to mindlessly click it. In those cases, I start to scan the other results.

What do I look at next beside the linked headlines? The meta descriptions, that snippet of text that Google puts right below the clickable headline. If a webmaster has optimized the meta description well, then it gives me a quick summary of "what's inside," letting me know this might be a page truly relevant to my query.

Say Hi to the Byline
Since the byline appears with that meta data, it becomes part of that scan. People will see it, and if you begin to earn a reputation as an authoritative writer on your topic, it will matter.

And even if you aren't (yet) known to that searcher, the fact that there is a byline indicates the linked content is by a real person who is proud to have his or her name associated with it. That becomes an important trust signal that may earn you the click over a result that has no byline.

What do you think?

(Screen cap from +Search Engine Land article by +Barry Schwartz http://searchengineland.com/google-plays-authorship-search-results-dropping-profile-image-google-circle-count-195163)
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Google's changed the maze and the lab rats will have to hunt for their cheese again. Ask us when we've tried it for a while?

As +Jean-Christophe Lavocat says if I search for Kgalagadi gemsbok I find (on page 3) my blog with byline and a peer-reviewed 
http://repository.up.ac.za/handle/2263/36969
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Wolfgang Godec

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At last: Only Money counts? Google is removing author photos from search results. All the work done - what for? 
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You`re right, Mark, I do not.  But it was a good argument for quite a lot of my customers to implement goggle+ and authorship in their websites ... and not only facebook. So if Google in a next step should also erase authorship in general all this work was worthless. And the money my customers invested in implementing Google+ instead of Facebook.
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Hello everyone. I have some questions about Google+ Authorship and multiple profile management.

I would like to know how to get content that I and other authors write to post automatically to our Google+ profile pages.

Also, is it best for us to use our "personal" Google+ accounts for this or the ones we have linked to x-company.

Thank you in advance for your help and best regards. :)

-David
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David Huber's profile photoAndrew Boer's profile photo
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David, 

To be clear, you want to not only have the content be embedded with a link to the authors Google+ profile, but also automate adding the domain to the "contributor to" section, so that the rel=author tagging correlates.  We automate the first part at movablemedia but we find we have to get each author to manually add the domain, for which we have created a process. 
The tricky part is when you are working with a third party site they often already have a rel=author tag somewhere on the site, and if the author isn't the first link, it doesn't matter even if you do it right.
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MJD

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I am not seeing an author image or even a byline for any search I do.

Is anyone else seeing this?.

I do see images in personal results from G+ posts, just not from websites.
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+Scott Harris Aye, seems they are back again
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Glen Dunkley

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Hi there, now that my authorship is working, I knew that some Google Plus posts were appearing in search. Anyone else seeing posts to private groups showing in search, or is it just because I’m logged into Google?
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Glen Dunkley's profile photoMark Traphagen's profile photo
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Thanks +Mark Traphagen for clearing that up. I thought for a moment private posts were showing up in search, but I realise the posts only appear to those that are in that group.
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Torben Rick

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Is there any news on Google Authorship on LinkedIn (Publisher post)?
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Havent' heard anything recently +Torben Rick. I can tell you that my Publisher posts are not getting authorship in SERPs yet, nor do they validate for authorship in the SDTT
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Picture is now 1/2 back :-) :-) When I search for "Can organizational culture undermine strategy?" than picture show up in Google Germany and French (just to test countries) but not in Google International and not in Google Denmark.
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+Mark Traphagen
You got a point :-) My picture now shows up in many countries (google.xx) but not on .com. The strange thing is that a don't have any content that is "local" - so why Google sees the content more relevant to local markets is a bit strange. But never mind - Live is to short understand what Google is doing :-) :-) PS: Thanks for a good community Mark. Keep up the good work.
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