Google, Am I That Ugly? Google Drops My Face From Authorship

Jun 21, 2013 • 8:41 am | comments (68) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google AuthorI know I am not the prettiest guy in the world or even in the SEO space - probably very far from it - but why would Google drop my authorship image for this site?

Truth is, Google has removed authorship not just for me on this site but also for other "authoritative" personalities on other sites.

Google launched authorship two years ago, I had my face in the search results for almost all of those two years. But in the past month or two, my face dropped out of the search results for this specific site only.

Let's compare, here are two results, one from Search Engine Land and one from Search Engine Roundtable. Same story, just different sites and my picture shows for Search Engine Land but not Search Engine Roundtable.

Google Authorship Image

Is there something wrong with my markup? Google's Structured Data Testing Tool validates my markup as being solid and working.

Maybe Google thinks I am ugly? Maybe they think this site is not authoritative? Maybe they think I am not authoritative? Well, it can't be me, since I show up on Search Engine Land. It might be the site?

Google wasn't able to really offer me any insight in the Google Webmaster Help forums, and there are dozens of other complaints about this, here are two more.

So what is up Google? Is this site poor quality? Or are you just sick of seeing my face whenever I mention Google or Matt Cutts? ;-)

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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