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Author picture disappeared from search results
My author picture no longer shows in Google

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Msg#: 4633813 posted 8:48 am on Dec 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

My author picture used to show for all search queries and for all pages of my website. But since last week, only my Google+ account name and number of circles appears below my reach results. The picture doesn't appear anymore, except for my homepage search results. Does anyone have any idea how the get my picture back?
Thanks a lot,



Msg#: 4633813 posted 9:28 am on Dec 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

Google has cut back on the amount of G+ rich snippets that appear in the search results, possibly by as much as 15% and there now seems to be two levels of rich snippet that appears, one with photo, one without.

Early indications are that Authors who have well established in depth articles with plenty of links and social shares on their websites get the level 1 rich snippet with photo.

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Msg#: 4633813 posted 1:16 am on Jan 3, 2014 (gmt 0)

See this discussion for some background on the Google cutback....

Disappearance of rich snippets
http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/4567304.htm [webmasterworld.com]

Also, I recommend you look at the thread on authorship that I link to in my post on the above.

Google is increasingly looking at trust, authority, and popularity signals to confirm (or to substitute for) authorship markup. The markup by itself no long suffices to return your picture.

Focus on creating content that's higher quality, more unique, and more useful, which attracts more authoritative inbound links. If you guest post to build your reputation, try perhaps for fewer posts of higher quality... and try to work your way up to the better known blogs in your field.


Msg#: 4633813 posted 5:28 pm on Feb 23, 2014 (gmt 0)

Authors who have well established in depth articles with plenty of links and social shares on their websites get the level 1 rich snippet with photo.

Finding the opposite.

I have tons or articles, my pic used to show on search, now only name shows with no pic.

Two writers that submit articles to my site, both have pic and name showing on search (for articles on my site)

Neither one of them have every made a single post on their G plus profile page, while I make several a week.

It seems if you do a lot of promoting of your articles on G+ profile page it will not show pic. Maybe some type of penalty.

I have seen this on other sites name but no pic, and the author promotes their articles on G+ profile page.

If I use rich snippet tool it does show author pic, but on search only name and number of circles.

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