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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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+2029 Web Design, LLC thanks for your question. Such differentiations seemed more critical when Google was still showing author photos in search instead of just bylines. We had strong suspicions that avoiding using rel=author on non-authored pages (pages that would not be recognized as a unique article by a specific person) was a strong contributor to determining whether or not one got a photo or just a byline.

Now that everyone gets just bylined, some may be tempted to abandon that best practice, but I advise against it. It is very likely that Google continues to collect data via Authorship in order to determine (in the future) who are the authors Google should trust most. I plan to keep my Authorship connections very clean.

Basically, Authorship should only be connected to content that the typical reader would recognize as an article with a unique take on a topic (similar to what we'd expect to see in bylined articles in a magazine or newspaper). It should not be connected to things like about pages, product listings, etc. 
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"Google Plus for Business" yielded these very author photo rich results this morning. I was using Chrome, with private results turned off.

Is the author photo reduction just taking some time to fully roll out?

#googleauthorship  
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Yes. According to the MozCast Features Graph, no effect was seen across their test queries until some time yesterday, and that only a 2% drop. This is going to come very gradually apparently
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Frank Walker

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Ok, thanks for having me. Please forgive me if this has already been posted  (if so, please point me in the right direction) but, from what I gather, to have the picture and byline listed in the search results by your websites, you must have a google+ personal page and have your pages listed in the "contributor to" section (https://plus.google.com/u/0/+FrankWalker/about), is this correct? 

Reason I ask is because my picture/byline were showing up in results beside all pages from all my sites (that were listed in the contributor to section), but then some of the sites stopped showing the pic/byline around January of this year. 

As I'm reading some of the posts in this forum, there seems to be a reference to a rel=author tag that may or may not be required to have pic/byline show. 

Here is my ultimate question: What do I need to do to have my pic/byline show in search results beside my pages?

thanks!
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Ann Smarty
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Did Google drop authors info from Indepth articles or is that old news already? :) https://www.google.com/search?q=seo - Sorry if I missed this discussion earlier!
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So that's another hint, isn't it ?
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I am setting up authorship pages for my employees at my company. 50% have been set up accurately and 50% not. We are using both personal gmail addresses and email addresses with our domain name in addition to referencing the href author code. Please advise.
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Btw, forgot to mention +Molly Savage if authors link content via email, make sure the posts have a clear byline and that the author's byline name is the same as the author's linked G+ profile name.
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Alan Stainer

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I am pondering something at the moment. I read a previous post that +Mark Traphagen shared, which indicates you can have multiple G+ brand pages verified for different parts of a site. So in effect, multiple rel=publisher tags.

That's many to one. What about one to many?

Can a brand page be associated with multiple websites, in the same way that authorship works for personal profiles?
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Good comments from +Ammon Johns, but I'd prefer to say that we don't know what Google perhaps does with rel=publisher, even if in some minor way. Of course, that doesn't mean they are doing anything, but there could be small things we don't know.

By analogy, many of us thought Google was doing nothing with Authorship other than in some cases awarding those who use it with an author photo in search. (As Ammon pointed out, having rel=author is not an absolute requirement to get such a photo, but it does appear to make it more likely.) However, as it turns out, rel=author data may play some small role in helping Google to discover and qualify content that may then qualify for a special search feature, such as In-Depth Articles.

I think it possible that Google might now or in the future use rel=publisher as one means (among others at its disposal) to discover and qualify brands about which it has little knowledge from other sources. Again, that's a possibility; I have no evidence that they area doing that or plan to in the future.
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Hi Everyone,

I've added a post from my blog but instead of the image from the post I'm seeing an image of me from a sidebar widget.

What should I do to make the post image visible?
Any help much appreciated.

Here's my blog address www.compellingcontent.co.uk
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+Jean-Christophe Lavocat yeah, Google seem to have a habit of using the same word for different meanings which sometimes makes it harder to find things.

A search for snippets tends to bring up info about the structured data testing tool rather than the G+ Snippets
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I have a gmail account (was a google apps) for my business email.
I have a google account for my adsense (and a google+ profile/account I just deleted which may have been my google authorship profile).
I have a google account with google+ and (business) youtube (which I kept because it has 50+ viceos on it).
Its a mess.
Question as I try to organize/clean it up:  
1.  As evidenced by posting here, the business name comes up.  But I should be able to change that to my personal name.  As it's a separate google account, I can just call that my 'personal' google+ account, yes?
2.  Should I have a personal g+ account and a business g+ account?  Or  personal g+ account and a business 'page'?
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+TendonitisExpert The easiest way two tell a Profile apart from a Page is to look just below the image on the cover. The Profile will have a Add to circles button and the Page will display the site's URL as well as a Follow button. The TendonitisExpert Profile is not a Page and there's no way to merge a Profile to a Page. You need to start over and create a Page if you want to create an identity for your business. You can create a Page here - https://plus.google.com/pages/create?ppsrc=bupg8. If you qualify for a Local Page, I would recommend it, from my experience assisting users in the WMT forum, the knowledge graph tends to populate fairly quickly after adding publisher markup and they have a few extra features, for example, map of the business' location, they feature phone number as well as hours of operation. If you do create a Local Page you should verify the business listing as well.
 
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Hi, I am in the process of verifying my authorship on my company blog. There are multiple people who contribute to the blog page, however, each author has their own subdirectory under our blog/author/ directory. 

I would like to show authorship for not only my own subdirectory of author, but to all my posts as well. Is it sufficient enough to add a <a href="[profile_url]?rel=author">Google</a> link to just the author page, or would I need to add a link on each blog post? Also, how does the rel="author" tag differentiate the standard link posted above?

Lastly, does anyone have any best practices for optimizing the main blog page, such as a publisher tag? Or adding every author under the main blog page as well?

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for your time.
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Adding the bi-line under each post should do the trick, however you need to add the Authorship tag for each Author on main blog page and Google will know which content to attribute the Authorship tag too.
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Hey all, my author picture was removed quite some time ago and only the byline has been showing for months.  I found this post - http://www.digitalmarketingdeva.com/my-google-authorship-photo-disappeared/ -  and saw I had the same issue with how my Yoast SEO plugin was set up.  I removed the authorship off the tag/category/media/home pages and confirmed this in the data tester but am still seeing lots of stuff indexed with my name as the byline like tag pages and individual images on my wordpress blog... and no author picture to be seen anywhere.  I also tried changing my picture from a black and white version to this current color photo of my face.  This is happening for both my personal video game review blog (RetroSeek.com) and a travel blog I manage and write a few posts for at my work (TripSense - tripcentral.ca/blog/).  The other two authors on the travel site have both their pictures showing properly.  I am using the Authorsure plugin for both blogs as they are both multi author sites.  Any advice or further steps I need to take with my code would be greatly appreciated!
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+Mark Traphagen
Thanks Mark, I suspected as much but needed to hear it from an official source!
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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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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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Hi I came a while ago, I have a blogger blog, still no photo next to my posts like there used to be, but hopefully my being more interactive networking will help this. I have a question though, I am guest posting on a couple of sites and was wondering how do I find out if Google is recognising my authorship on those sites?
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+Elizabeth Bond OH! WOW! So does this mean everyone won't have a photo? That actually may be a good thing. Because often I see those with google profiles and photo and go click and there content is not as good as some of the authors without. Maybe it will give a more balanced search now, more equal change in clicking.
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Hi everyone.

I am the author for our Company blogspot blog. I've tried every way that I can to include my Google Author mark up, but even though it all looks fine the rich snippet tool can't find it. 

Could anyone shed any light on where I'm going wrong?

The address for the blog is: swintoncareers.blogspot.co.uk

Thank you :-)
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Hi. I was doing it manually, but have now set up the first author link in the template, which seems to have done the trick! Thank you everyone :-)
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I set my authorship for my page (dochnews.com), but after I found mistake I change my name in my google+ profile the authorship is gone. Is there any solution to get it back?
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Ok I get it. Here is my profil that I losed my authorship. I already set my authorship tag and test it with the tool provided from google. I made changes in my name after that I get it back but now in search results I dont see my picture. Before I change my name I saw it. My site is dochnews.com. Please check it and if you can tell me why I dont see it now
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I can't insert the rel author tag into the head of my company's website due to an inflexible code built by a previous developer (he used coldfusion). Is there some way to get the authorship tag into the body of the web page instead?
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Hello! I'm having the same issue. I'm at a loss for how to 'fix' Authorship. On The rich snippets tool, everything shows fine for my site, SunnyInLondon.com. EXCEPT for email verification. My personal Google+ page shows a 'check' next to email verified. What am I doing wrong? About two months ago when I lost my connection to Google Analytics my picture disappeared in search results. I can't figure out how to get it back. My web designer has given up. +Malcolm Oakley if you, or anyone, can help, I'd be incredibly grateful!! I also show over 200+ errors in rel=author on Google Webmaster Tools. 
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Hello Everyone,

I'm having some difficulties with my G+ account's contributor section. I put the link to my blog there, but the authorship test seems to think it's missing:
http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/richsnippets?q=johnbarre.com

The link from the blog to G+ works, only the other way around does not basically. Does anyone know what I'm doing wrong? Cheers
http://johnbarre.com/
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Thank you SO MUCH - it works now. I think the accent in my name was the reason why it did not connect.
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Brian Jensen

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The Case of the Mystery Full Authorship Snippet

It was brought to my attention today that a team member was receiving full Authorship for a post that wasn't verified in the SDTT tool. 

To provide more context, the author hasn't performed any of the following actions:

☞Verified his company email address
☞ Added a link to the publisher in the "Contributor To" section of his Google+ profile
☞ Didn't use Google+ sign-in  WordPress
☞ Add a link to his Google+ profile in either the post or in his author page

Search for the post (exact match title) in Google here: http://goo.gl/cDdG2M

Link to the SDTT tool showing Authorship isn't verified for the page: http://goo.gl/zxF2NE

Side note:

The publisher verification you are seeing in the SDTT tool is a result of a plugin which verifies all pages that don't have Authorship markup. 

+Terry Simmonds or +Mark Traphagen thoughts?
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Hi I see this too, authorship is granted for sites which I post on but have not verified. 
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Li Ma

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I can only see a authorship byline snippet but no photos for my results.
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+Mark Traphagen Thanks for the insight! Yes, I'm aware of the Authorship snippet changes happened in Dec, and the snippet is not KW level related. Just wanted to see if there is any wrong with the technical implementation.
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Anyone have any experience with the impact of Authorship on short-form content?  Specifically Questions and Answers on a Q&A platform?

Apparently Quora connects up automagically, but what if Answers.com or Yahoo Answers or ChaCha for instance, wired in authorship?

Also, is there any know limit to the number of pages that Google might recognize as belonging to a single person or company?
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With now picky Google has been about showing authorship snippets since December 2013, I'm personally more careful about where I point my Contributor To links. I would only connect it to Quora if I'm posting substantive answers there.
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