Authorshipocalypse! The Great Google Authorship Purge Has Begun

Authorship in SERPs before and after comparison

December 2013: Authorship in Search Results Gets Restricted UPDATE 21 January 2013: I have now published results of my study detailing who lost Google Authorship and why. UPDATE:¬†While composing this post, Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Land reported that Google confirms that Authorship results in search are being intentionally reduced. It appears that the Matt […]

Google Author Rank: On? Not Yet? Why I Don’t Care


Google Author Rank: The Sasquatch of SEO When it comes to the topic of Google Author Rank and whether it is a reality today, the True Believers are only slightly less fanatical than people convinced that the following are real: Sasquatch (Big Foot) UFO abductions The Kardashians OK, one of those may actually be real, […]

Matt Cutts at Pubcon 2013: Authorship, Authority and the Future of Search

Matt Cutts keynote at Pubcon 2013 Las Vegas

After reading several live blog notes (here and even better¬†here) on the keynote address by Google’s Matt Cutts at Pubcon 2013 yesterday, I was seeing intriguing hints that he had spoken about some topics near and dear to me. But since these were live notes, some of the details were a bit fuzzy. I really […]

Google Authorship Not a Ranking Factor (Yet): John Mueller

Google Author Rank

UPDATE 7 October 2013: At SMX East last week, in the Google Authorship session, Google Webmaster Trends Analyst Pierre Farr also confirmed that Google Authorship is not a factor in ranking search results at the present time. Original Post: “We don’t use Authorship for ranking,” said Google Webmaster Tools Analyst John Mueller in a Google […]

Google Answers Questions About Google Authorship

Google Authorship example search results

It’s been a long time since we’ve had any real information updates on Google Authorship and how it should be used from the horse’s mouth (that’s Google with the saddle on over there, by the way). That changed today with the posting of “rel=author Frequently Asked (Advanced) Questions” on the official Google Webmaster Central blog. […]

rel=author or rel=publisher: Which Should I Use? (Updated)

rel=publisher vs rel=author

UPDATE: rel=publisher & Google In-Depth Articles 12 August 2013 – Google’s recently introduced In-Depth Articles search feature includes a special role for rel=publisher (verified brand page) connections. If the web site hosting an article featured in the In-Depth results box has a verified Google+ brand page connection, Google will pull the brand’s logo from that […]

Google Plus Post Rank Hijacking


Somebody at Google likes me. I swear, I’m not paying them anything! Back in June of 2012 I first posted about what I saw as a flaw in the way Google indexes Google+ posts that are re-shares of other users’ posts. Since at least the spring of that year I’d found that I could very, […]

Verifying Google Authorship for the Paranoid

paranoid about google authorship

If you read me regularly or follow me on Google+, it’s no secret to you that I think Google Authorship is the hottest thing since meme images of velociraptors. Authorship is connecting your content from across the web to your Google+ profile. When you do so, you are eligible for at least three benefits (one […]

Google Authorship Emails: Guarantee of Author Rich Snippet?


If you have attempted to set up Google Authorship for your online content (here’s how), you may have received a “Welcome to Google Authorship” email from Google that looks something like this: Google has been sending these out kind of randomly for a couple of months now. I never got an email, but of course […]

What Is the Difference Between Google Authorship and Author Rank?


If you follow my writing here, on various other blogs, and on Google+, you know that I am a big fan of Google’s Authorship project, and that I do a great deal of thinking and research about it. But when you’ve got your nose deep into something, it’s easy to slip into jargon and forget […]