Google Downplays Google+ With Updated Authorship Snippet?

authorship-adoptionGoogle has quietly changed the user interface for how they display the authorship snippet in the search results.

The largest difference is that they removed the “more by” link that linked to additional stories written by that author. The other changes include that now clicking on the author’s image and name will take you to a similar result set that you would have seen if you clicked on the old “more by” author link. I believe the author image and name use to take you to that author’s Google+ page, when available. Now, the only way to get to the Google+ page of the author is to click on the number of people who have circled that author.

Here are before and after shows, starting with the new interface, followed by the old.





Hat tip to Mark Traphagen for informing of this via our comments.

Related Topics: Channel: SEO | Google: Authorship | Google: Google+ | Google: User Interface | Google: Web Search


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  • Jaan Kanellis

    Don’t you think this is better hence more clicks to the actual article being searched for?

  • Kaj Kandler

    The other notable change is that on the search result page you reach clicking on the Author’s picture/name does not contain the picture of the author – bad UX in my book.

  • Kaj Kandler

    … not to mention that now we have hover only links, the author name and the followers become only apparent as links by hovering. More bad UX in my book.

  • SuperTJ

    Interesting. I’ve been playing with authorship all weekend, trying to
    set it up on a blogging platform with multiple bloggers (painful). I
    just ran a search on Barry Schwartz. I don’t see the authorship photo
    when searching Google for your articles. I see it in the Structured Data
    Tool, but that’s all. I see Danny fine. Randomness?

  • Phil Web Design

    I seeing the same thing here. But on specific articles it comes up. I have most of my websites displaying authorship in search results (your right, PIA) but often the main domain does not show the authorship photo. I think its just a Google Glitch…maybe they will have this straitened out in the future as this is still quite new.

  • Keesjan Deelstra

    I see now all 3: image, name and number in circels are linking to your profile page

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