Google Authorship is an exciting development

Google Authorship is an exciting development

By Ralf Skirr.

t. I don't see it as negative as +Jonathan Leger in his post linked below, but his points are valid. The system can be and will be mis-used.

Reshared post from +Tim Buchalka

Jonathan seems to be against author rank, or at least thinks its not going to go far – I tend to agree that it's a little broken right now, but it really is an eye opener in terms of the potential rewards with that image of your face in the SERP's. I for one fully support author rank as a nice step forward.

As to how well it will work over time, that is anyones guess! The idea is a great one though.

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  1. Jonathan Leger April 4, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    I'm not against it, nor do I see it as a negative. I just don't believe it's the panacea that will cure the gaming of the search results — if that should even be the goal. Social signals can add will be gamed, too.

    I rather like the idea of seeing exactly who created the content that appears in at least some of the serps.

  2. Ralf Skirr April 4, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    Agreed, authorship in itself is one of many parts of the equation – not the one thing that will fix SE rankings.

  3. Jonathan Leger April 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    I think that's the point many people are missing. Authorship is likely to affect only a small percentage of queries, especially at first–if it makes it into the algo at all in the near future. So I'm not ignoring it, but I'm not expecting it to be any kind of a revolution in search.

  4. Kyriakos Brastianos April 4, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    I do like some of the changes that come with it but still, the main concern is that it will be REALLY mis-used…
    Not sure if it will bring a revolution in search, but it can seriously bring a revolution in information and data sharing.

  5. Ralf Skirr April 5, 2012 at 3:29 am #

    +Kyriakos Brastianos Pretty sure some people will try to take advantage of the google authorship system. When you say 'REALLY mis-used', what types of mis-use do you anticipate?

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