Google Drops Profile Photos, Google+ Circle Count From Authorship In Search Results
Google’s John Mueller has announced that Google is making a major change in the search results around authorship. Specifically, Google is dropping the profile photo and circle count from the search listings where authorship is assigned to a web page.
Mueller said that the “click-through behavior on this new less-cluttered design is similar to the previous one.” For some reason, I highly doubt that, but webmasters can be the judge of that as this gets rolled out.
Here is the new design for authorship. Notice that all you see is a clickable author name:
Here is the old format, where normally having an image next to a search result would lead to more visibility and click-throughs:
Note that authorship has also been updated in the Google News results. They contain a smaller profile image, but the Google+ circle count has been dropped from there as well.
This new design for authorship in the search results is rolling out to both desktop and mobile results.
(Some images used under license from Shutterstock.com.)
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