Few Weeks ago, Shajee Fareedi heard that Google would be removing the authorship Photos/pictures from their Search engine Results. And, Now it has been confirmed by Google’s John Mueller that the authorship information will be removed from the search results entirely.
Shajee Fareedi discovered that the decision was taken to drop authorship information because it wasn’t found enough useful to google Search Engine users, and at times has even detracted from the search results.
He Said :
Unfortunately, we have also observed that this information is not as useful to our users as we’d hoped, and can even distract from those results. With this mind, we have made the difficult decision to stop displaying authorship pictures in search results.
It really should not make any difference to the website owners. Because Since the authorship pictures update was implemented, it didn’t help them to increase traffic to their web pages, then the site owners won’t notice a decrease in traffic going forward.
Mueller notes that Google will not stop focusing on Schema.org structured markup : As we know this markup helps all major or small search engines to understand the content and context of page on the web better, and we will continue to use it to display rich snippets in the google search results.
Implementation of Authorship was firstly started by google around the time as the launch of Google+.
But no need to worry about Google+ content from people in your circles, i will not be removed from the Google search results Because, The John Muller also pointed out the users will still see Google+ posts from their friends and pages whenever they are relevant to their search Query.