Does the End of Google Authorship Leave You…Frustrated?

Written by | Date Updated: December 10, 2014
How do you feel about the end of Google Authorship?

How do you feel about the end of Google Authorship?

Google Authorship promised to be a means for authors to establish credibility, authenticity, and build greater audiences for their online content. Given this promise, legitimate authors (and some presumably illegitimate ones) flocked to establish their Google+ identities and apply Google Authorship markup to all of their web content. And then, Google pulled the rug out from the under the whole thing and declared Google Authorship dead.

What happened? Why did Google Authorship die? Why did Google sabotage the years of effort that hundreds of thousands of people put into applying Google Authorship in the first place?

Like with many of their projects, Google always seemed to treat Google Authorship as “beta”. This way, it’s easy for them to hastily end a project and say, “Well, it was only in beta and we decided to scrape it.” Heck, Gmail was in beta for five years. Others wonder why half of Google is always in beta.

I’m a big fan of many Google offerings. In fact, with my Google phone, maps, contacts, email, etc., I’m pretty much tied into the whole Google ecosystem. But I don’t often like how they make decisions without consulting customers or offering alternatives.

And, in my view, this is what they did with Google Authorship.

In June 2011, Google’s mantra was essentially this: “Everyone must embrace Google Authorship to establish author credibility and remain a atop the search rankings. “ Here is the first Google Authorship announcement from the “Official WebMaster Blog”.

With that, content creators and developers around the world devoted significant resources to establishing Google Authorship for their content. Can you fathom the man-hours devoted to this effort?

Then, in August 2014, simply this: “Authorship markup is no longer supported in web search.”

Software companies are the only businesses that seem to get away with this type of behavior. Imagine if you bought a new car in “beta” form and then, when things didn’t go exactly right, the car-maker says, “Oh, sorry, we don’t support that anymore.”

It’s just frustrating, isn’t it?

Richard Cummings

Director of SEO, Social Media, and Web Content Development at The SEO System
Richard Cummings has been practicing online marketing for many years and has setup and optimized hundreds of WordPress sites.He founded The SEO System to provide SEO, social media, and online marketing services and software to businesses.
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