Authorship & Author Rank Tips and Trends

Authorshipocalypse! The Great Google Authorship Purge Has Begun

December 19, 2013 by

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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 [Continue reading]

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

October 28, 2013 by

Bill Gassett real estate sales

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, [Continue reading]

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

September 29, 2013 by

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 [Continue reading]

Google Plus Posts in Search Results: What Causes Ranking?

September 18, 2013 by

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How and why do certain Google+ Plus posts in search results do better than others? That’s been a question at the front of my attention for almost two years now. Google obviuosly treats public Google+ posts differently from other social network posts. You may occasionally see the odd Tweet or Facebook status in Google search, [Continue reading]

Google Answers Questions About Google Authorship

August 21, 2013 by

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. [Continue reading]

Writing for the Semantic Web and Semantic Search

August 10, 2013 by

Semantic Web Interview Mark Traphagen

Below is a recent interview I did talking about how we should be writing content for the semantic web. I was the guest of Michael Ehline of the Circle of Legal Trust, a “Confederation of Online Attorneys and Webmasters Dedicated to Providing Educational Content and Lawyer Recommendations to the Public at Large.” Michael asked me [Continue reading]

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