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What Happened to GWT "Author Stats"? Sally Stitts
I went to check my "Author Stats", under the "Labs" tab in Google Webmaster Tools. GONE! Anyone else? In the past, they only gave me credit for about 50% of the pages that I have "fixed up with Google-required special authorship tags", according to their specifications. At the bottom of the "Labs" page, their disclaimer prevails -
"Webmaster Tools Labs is a testing ground for experimental features that aren't quite ready for primetime (sic). They may change, break or DISAPPEAR AT ANY TIME." Nothing about the probably of return, however. .
They never got as far as crediting me with anything, although the Rich Snippets Testing Tool (under More Resources) still comes through with "verified author markup". :: mopping brow :: The author function definitely still exists. Saw it within the last 24 hours while doing a search. (Not, alas, a search for my own pages.)
On average, pages in your site take 0.5 seconds to load (updated on Jan 15, 2012). This is faster than 98% of sites. These estimates are of low accuracy. Yah. You betcha. But I guess that's a different thread. I was poking around Labs. Sgt_Kickaxe
Lots of changes going on still. Did you know that after you verify your authorship with G+ you can UNverify it by removing the markup(you can even close your Google+ profile!) but Google will still give you special search results(including picture)? They forget nothing. That's something to think about if you're running a plugin of any sort to handle markup, save your resources and shut it down :)