Google announced today they will remove profile photos and the author’s Google+ circle counts from search results.
Google’s John Mueller had the following to say about this change:
We’ve been doing lots of work to clean up the visual design of our search results, in particular creating a better mobile experience and a more consistent design across devices. As a part of this, we’re simplifying the way authorship is shown in mobile and desktop search results, removing the profile photo and circle count. (Our experiments indicate that click-through behavior on this new less-cluttered design is similar to the previous one.)
This means when your web page shows up in the search results, your head shot will no longer be “visually” rendered in the SERP, nor will your Circle Count show up either.
Many of us took great pains to make sure our Authorship was coded properly to our websites and our top socials, to encourage engagement and click through’s to our site.
I took the time to take screen shots of the web pages where my profile photo was connected to the SERP. They include the following ranked pages.
Click the image to see the search results. The long tail keyword is bolded in the SERP,
The main reason I am posting these entries os to have a record of these SERP’s so when Google implements these new changes, I have a way to track where my pages shows up in the search results in the future. The real bummer for me is when I had multiple ranked pages in the search results like this.
I will update this post in a couple weeks to recap if removing the profile photo had any negative effects on my organic search traffic. Would like to hear your results too?