What happened to Google Authorship Photos?
A recent change to the Search world that really shook the webmasters and Search engine analysts by surprise was when Google officially “removed” all the Google Plus Authorship photos from the search results. That means from now on, even though the name of the author will appear below each of the articles like it used to do (thereby linking to G+ profile) but the photo wouldn’t continue to appear.
In my opinion, this was an awesome advancement to search engine results when Google introduced the “Authorship” feature. Below is how search results with the new authorship would look like without the author photo.
Why such a change by removing the Authorship photos?
Google might have several reasons to make this move this and one of the major reasons could be the Search User Experience (UX) when the importance to cleaner search results was becoming a top priority with growing mobile users. This in addition could bring cleaner and well packed results especially on mobile devices.
The strategic motive behind introducing authorship would however continue to remain as it aimed to personalise and improve authority of information in search results. As we can see, the link to author profile continue to remain where it did. Even thought the photo gone, Google Authorship is still a key feature every webmaster should consider, pretty closer to know how the internet search is shaping up.
It is hilarious to see how online businesses respond to the intelligent changes that Google brings into the industry to clean up the mess. With small and big frequent algo-updates, Google is already famous for shattering online businesses overnight, now see how the industry is responding to such changes. Earlier SEO used to depend on the question, – “how many backlinks do you have” now, there is second question tagged to the first – “How good are your backlinks?”.
With Google rolling out serveral disaster recovery tools and strategies (disavow) and a recovery spokesperson (Matt Cutts, who else) – there are two changes – people are left more confused and Matt Cutts video’s become more popular! Jokes apart from this one, the biggest platform running link directories have come up with a Mod to help directory owners make hay while the link shines. A new feature to force people to pay to get their bad link removed from their directories – Innovative!
Now this is income even if you want to add a link or more likely, want to remove one! Above is a screenshot of one such directory with the feature enabled. Poor webmasters have no option but pay to get their tape deleted! What do you think about this twist in the movie?
Author's Corner, SEO
- Plan ahead before you hit the board
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The above are some simple steps that could just improve your writing skills as a blogger almost instantly. Let me know your thoughts on the same.
Author's Corner, Professional Blogging
My take on this is certainly it is BAD for SEO as it creates a lot of duplicate content, duplicate backlinks and totally screws up your internal page linking architecture. If you know how to set up relationships and canonical tags, and, you know exactly what you are doing, it could do some benefit, but mostly it is just harmful in my own opinion. Here is a video from Matt Cutts on what he thinks..
Author's Corner, SEO, WordPress CMS
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Author's Corner, Webmaster Central