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Joanna Fuchs

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I have two Web sites that I need authorship for.  My profile page is for one site, and authorship is complete. Now, I want to add another page for my second site, with authorship.  I've looked online for instructions, but they seem to be for brick and mortar, local businesses.  Can I add another page for the second site, post to it, and add authorship to my second site?  How?  Thanks.
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Hi like many busy people I don't have time to follow every little change made by Google but following the demise of authorship I have a few simple questions that the more experienced in this community should hopefully be able to answer. When I first heard about Authorship and saw the icon appear in SERPS I did all I could to implement it. As a result I invested all my efforts into my personal Google+ profile, posting regularly and gaining followers and ignoring the company Google+ profile. Going forward is there any point spending lots of time on your personal Google+ account or should you now post all your updates to the company one instead? Is there any SEO benefit to using Google+ and if so would you target your efforts on your personal account or business one? Hope you can help. 
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If I were you, I'd only post your best work on Google+ or things you're particularly proud of. I have only recently adopted this strategy and have been taking some time here and there to clean up my profile since the things I share on Google+ occasionally end up in search results. Some things get ranked that I don't want ranking so my personal Google+ strategy moving forward is to be more selective with what I share on Google+. I'm not doing it for SEO, I'm doing it more for reputation management. Controlling my online image before it controls me kind of thing. I started by redesigning my website and then downloading all my old tweets before deleting them and starting from scratch. Next is cleaning up my Google+ profile.

And to answer your last question: if you are intent on using Google+ for SEO despite +Mark Traphagen's comment, then I'd advise you to focus on your personal profile. Not sure about you, but in the case of one of my clients, we decided to focus on his personal profile since people actually follow him there. No one follows his business page and after understanding his branding approach, there really isn't a need to develop a following there. He just wants content up there so that when people search for him online, he'll be relevant because he's current. If people search for him online and see a profile that hasn't been updated in awhile, people might not take him as seriously as when they see that his last update was a week ago. 
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Ann Smarty
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Google Plus question again... There used to be "What's hot" option where you could adjust settings to see those "trending" updates in your stream even if they are outside of your circles. I can still see that section when following the link in my bookmarks (note the _ in the URL) https://plus.google.com/explore/_  but the G+ nav now has another Explore section (without _)... Is the old "What's hot" section dropped completely or can I still somehow find it from within G+?
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Question: I am creating a Google+ account for my national nonprofit. With the death of authorship, does it make sense for the organization to have an individual profile as well as a page? What additional benefit does the former offer?
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*Do Google+ Local reviews impact the authorship?"
I've been looking on several blogs but I haven't found a clear answer. In fact nobody mentioned the reviews at all.
Google wants us to write reviews, but links are not allowed so perhaps our authorship is rewarded in base of the number and quality of reviews we write? What do you think?
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Thanks for the answer +Mark Traphagen
I was just looking for a reason to spend time writing reviews :)
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Joanna Fuchs

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I have a poem Web site with more than 800  of my original poems. Can I use poems both places, on my Web site and on Google+ without damaging my author reputation or potential author rank for each?
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Hi guys, 
Have author stats disappeared from Webmaster Tools ?

I haven't been able to access to them since today
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until the Lab rolls out a NEW maze for us rats?
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We have been struggling to determine whether the following scenario is a proper implementation of Google Authorship.

Our client came to us asking if we could setup a "traditional" website forum with a Google Authorship implementation.  We setup a simple forum for proof of concept and testing.  We followed the proper protocols and implemented the proper markup.   Unfortunately, Google's Structured Data Testing Tool was not verifying our setup.

After some additional head scratching and investigation, we found an interesting correlation.  If you have the character set (word) "forum" in the URL, Google's Structured Data Testing Tool fails to identify your Authorship markup.  Once we migrated the forum to omit "forum" from the URLs authorship was then verified.

From this we came to the conclusion (whether correct or not) that Google is not encouraging authorship within a forum setup.  We were wondering if any one else has come across this scenario and have a more definitive answer to whether we should process with the authorship implementation in this particular scenario. 
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+Grace Massa Langlois thank you for taking the time to post the link.  The "offical" statement though a bit vague helps put our scenario in better context.  We appreciate your input.  
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+Mark Traphagen , we noticed a comment you shared with another member that struck us as interesting and will hopefully lead to more clarity on the subject of authorship:

"but if you have a 'site wide' authorship link (such as in the header or footer) remove it. Google tends to frown on that as they only want authorship hooked up to actual content pages created by the linked author."

We redeveloped our site recently to include structured data elements and to incorporate Google authorship.  Our site is constructed in two parts:  (1) Main marketing website (http://2029webdesign.com/)   (2) Blog (http://2029webdesign.com/blog/).  Our footer area contains proper schema.org/organization data.

Our blog is validating with proper authorship and publisher structured data via Google's Structured Data Testing Tool.  The main site verifies the publisher information but states the Page does not contain authorship markup.

Should pages that are marketing services, and will remain rather stagnate have authorship markup?  Is there any common thought or best-practices in regards to the construction of our website?

We appreciate anyone taking the time to read or comment.
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+Mark Traphagen thank you for taking the time to explain the topic and your reasoning.  We will stick to the best practices you describe -- after all, it makes sense logically.  
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Does the temoval of author pic from SERPs mean we can now use fancy profile pics
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+Grace Massa Langlois maam can i use a cartoon avatar of my pic.
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Hanson So

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I want to use Virante for In Depth Article Mark Up - but I don't want it to mark up every page - how do I specific specific pages?
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Question for this group.  I have a client who is a solo entrepreneur and she IS the business as a professional organizer.  Is it necessary or recommended for a "solopreneur" — a consulting business without a physical location — to have a Google+ biz "page" in addition to a personal G+ profile?  I'd like the ease of promoting the biz via the personal "profile,"  unless having the "biz page" significantly influences search results.  Thoughts?  Thank you!
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It is a good article but the idea of keeping more than one g+ page alive and up to date seems to be overkill. I am considering putting in the time to making my g+ profile page my main g+ platform and just leaving the g+ biz page alone. Of course I will need to persuade existing followers to also follow me on my +profile page.
Most of the really successful g+ pages are just based on the standard personal profile eg +martin shervington , +Guy Kawasaki . The template seems better and allows you to populate more useful information about you as well as links to your other SM. In my case my business and my name are the same so hopefully it should work well :)
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Ann Smarty
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#GooglePlus question... Did Google drop hashtags from search results? Did I miss the announcement? https://www.google.com/search?q=%23StreetArt

(Note: Sorry again if I am irrelevant... I am no longer sure what to share here but I am sure we'll soon figure that out!)
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I find I can get good results by searching a term I'm interested in without hashtags. I don't use them much any more since they seem to restrict the search and the responses. For example, if I am posting about "BlueMeanies" and I hashtag "#BlueMeanies," my post may not show up if someone searches for #BlueMeany. Whereas, if I just write the post with significant words in it, most search engines, even embedded in social media, will intuit the plural or a misspelling of the search term. Almost anyone searching for my topic will find the post. 
Tell me if I'm seeing this incorrectly.
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Torben Rick

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Have you been removing rel="author" from your sites?
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+Eli Fennell I've used the G+ format with a link to my G+ page, which is why I consider it obsolete. I know the rel="author" in itself isn't obsolete, but the G+ reference is, so I want to change it along the way. When implementing microdata anyway, I prefer the itemprop="author", to keep the markup consistent, but I might as well have changed the rel="author".
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#webdesign    #seo   #google  

Hey team, 

Hoping someone could help me out :)

I've installed a Google Authorship Wordpress Plugin on my blog. However, when I review my page using Google's Structured Data Testing Tool, there is no mention that the page is an "article" (since it was never specified in Schema format). Is there a plugin which allows you to setup Authorship and also categorizes (in Schema format) if the page is a event, article, business etc?

Or is it best to use a plugin for the Authorship and another plugin to categorise the page using Schema? Or will this cause implications as 2 lots of schema would effectively be inserted on the same page?
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Elke Greim

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Does it hurt my G+ authorship when I share my competitors?

Does anybody know if it hurts my theoretical authorship when I push my competitors by sharing their content in Google+, inviting them to my communities or following thier communities and G+-accounts? What is the best strategy?

Many thanks

Elke Greim
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That was a powerful detail answer +Mark Traphagen. Thank you very much.
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Hi guys, I am having trouble setting up Google authorship, specifically verifying email. Whenever I click the link once I initiate the google authorship, it says the link does not work. I tried pasting the entire link and the same result occurred.

My email address and domain name are the same (doronkatz.com) (+DoronKatz.com however going to Structured Data Testing Tool, it still shows that my account hasnt got a verified email. 

I have also set up the google badge and Google+ author link at the bottom of all pages... Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
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+Doron Katz When a user submits their email address on the authorship page Google immediately adds the email address to the Work Contact Information section and also sends a verification link to the user via email. If the user has already added the email address to their G+ Page, for example, home contact info section and they've already verified the email the link won't work because the email is already verified. (Basically Google sends the email without checking to see if it's already verified.)
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Can You Search For A List Of All Posts With Someone's rel=author claims?
That would be very useful when I'm trying to research a particular online author!

Let's say that I wanted to build a list of the URLs for all pages where there is an authorship claim equal to the ID of an author that I .  Is there a Google query that will do that?  Or an online tool?

What I'm trying to do is to research a few others who write about elder care topics, which is my specialty domain, for the sake of identifying a few you are both gifted and prolific, as writers, and engaging with them in particular.

Thanks!

#authorship   #googleauthorship   #authorshipmarkup  
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+Terry Simmonds Great!  Thank you very much!
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I keep finding conflicting information regarding #GoogleAuthorship photos display on search results. I found the LinkedIn post below and decided to perform a search on Google, but the results showed no picture or a different author byline, as the article shows.

So, has Authorship really changed as much as we thought?
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Hi +Mark Traphagen, thank you for taking the time to comment. I actually left you a comment on LinkedIn, but then I thought it would be useful to discuss the issue on Google+. Your article was really helpful!
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What would cause my photo to not appear in the search results of a page I've authored? I can see my name and it linking back to my G+ profile but I don't see the headshot.

Page in question; http://www.pditraining.net/DistanceEd/OnlineSalespersonPrelicensing.cfm
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+Charissa de Scande Lotter You say "Google Authorship is not yet dead." Do you think this change means that it may be on its way out, though? I'm genuinely curious.
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