mcskoufis - 2:15 pm on Oct 3, 2013 (gmt 0)
EditorialGuy I agree it is helpful for improving CTR from the SERPs... Didn't say it is not helpful, said it isn't helpful to make your site rank.
Google has been moving toward letting its algorithms (not authors or publishers) determine what is or isn't "authored"
I agree but they have diverted the SEO community's attention towards sorting authorship tags out... Always misleading on what truly makes your site rank... That's my point.
suggests that Google doesn't regard Authorship adopters as "manipulators."
I am not suggesting this at all.. All I am saying is by alarming SEOs to adopting the Authorship saga, they also draw loads of spammers to adopt it as well, since it is not a ranking signal, what a clever way that is to identify spammers.
I've witnessed many spammy websites using such Authorship tags in their code and are early adopters. It is a clever "catch all" approach to me and it helps them profile them much better.. Talking from a WebSpam perspective here...