Google Drops Authorship photo and circle count

Google Drops Authorship photo and circle count

John Mueller announced that Google are applying minor changes to authorship.

These changes will remove the photo and Google+ circle count from search results, leaving just the authors name which links to their Google+ profile.

Google claim that their investigation on click behavior showed that there are improvements when the search results are less cluttered with information such as profile images and Google+ circle counts. Time will tell if this is the case for all websites.

The following images are from SearchEngineLand.com

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