I was attending the annual ProBlogger conference on the Gold Coast last week when Rand Fishkin of MOZ announced that Google Authorship was no longer. Google has stopped showing authorship results in Google search and will no longer be tracking data from content using rel=author markup. At the end of June 2014, Google removed the author images from Google search results but Google Authorship was still relevant up until last week. The news that Google Authorship had been scrapped completely was announced by John Mueller of Google Webmaster Tools in a Google+post.
What Does This Mean For You?
If you have added Google Authorship to your blog or website you can leave it or remove it. The choice is up to you, however, Google will no longer be using the data for any reason. If you haven’t got around to adding Authorship then this is one thing you can cross off your “to do” list.
Building your Google+ profile is now more important than ever. Your posts on Google+ can rank you highly in the search results within Google depending on your connections.