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60% drop in Author Profile Photo in Search Results

     
8:26 am on Sep 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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In search results of my site, i found 60% of the URL's without my profile picture.

The URL's which were having photo till yesterday, today they are appearing without it.

What change in it G is looking for?

Any change in yours?
5:12 pm on Sept 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Mine are still intact today. In U.S. Google. I never check any other versions of G though.
12:40 am on Sept 26, 2012 (gmt 0)

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In search results of my site, i found 60% of the URL's without my profile picture.


Does the absence of a profile picture affect the click through rate for these pages?
4:17 am on Sept 26, 2012 (gmt 0)

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@aristotle

traffic is going awesome as compared to last 3 days but G is doing some changes in author pic.
7:10 pm on Sept 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Just thinking out loud here... I'm wondering about the difference between the types of pages on which the photo was removed and on which it stayed.

Is your site set up as a blog, which might contain several instances of an article... ie, on a permalink for the article, and also on home, and perhaps by subject and by date?

If so, is there a chance that Google is changing the photo display to appear only on the most prominent copy of the article?

Also, another possibility... had you applied the author tag only to articles themselves, or was it also applied also to the container pages (like home, categories, and chronologically) that contained copies of the articles?

One other possibility... were some of the articles things like, say, news announcements, which strictly speaking aren't original content, and might not deserve an "author" tag?

On which kinds of pages did the photos remain, and on which were the photos removed?
6:16 pm on Sept 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

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On which kinds of pages did the photos remain, and on which were the photos removed?

I'm also wondering if the type of search query is different in each case. For example, do you still see the photo on more informational queries but it's no longer showing for navigational searches.
2:03 pm on Oct 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Was there any change in the landing pages that Google was associating from your site with those keywords?

What are your numbers looking like now? Is this still happening to you or was this a short-term glitch?