Recently, Google Web designer Trends analyst Gary Illyes startled many of us with a remark he made throughout his keynote questions with Danny Sullivan at SMX in New York City. Illyes stated that he advised web designers not get rid of the rel=writer tag from their site material.

Google had utilized rel=writer as part of its Google Authorship attribute that (potentially) presented an unique author abundant snippet in search results page for material making use of the tag. Google finished support of this feature in August 2014.

because its possible since Google may make use of [rel=author] again.

Google’s John Mueller made the very same suggestion after he announced that Google was not using Google Authorship in search (to be precise, Mueller claimed leaving the tag in place “did no damage”), Illyes’s blog seemed to astonish alot of user because Google has actually said nothing concerning Google Authorship or the rel=writer tag because they stated they stopped maintaining it.

In a subsequent Twitter exchange I had with Gary Illyes, he clarified that if sufficient individuals are applying something, Google might consider using it. I asked him if that implied particularly if more individuals began making use of rel=author again, that Google may use it once again. Illyes replied, “That would certainly be safe to state.”.

before I provide my discourse on what all this means, and whether we need to expect to see a resumption of Google Authorship in Google, let me give a short overview of Authorship for anyone who might not be familiar with it. If you already comprehend Google Authorship, do not hesitate to skip to the Will Google Bring Back Authorship? area.


A quick history of Google Authorship

Google Authorship was an attribute that showed in Google Search results page for about three years (from July 2011 ). It allowed writers as well as authors to mark their content, connecting it to an author’s Google+ profile, in order to supply a more-certain recognition of the content writer for Google.

In return, Google claimed they could show an authorship snippet for content tagging in search results. The authorship rich snippet differed in form over the three years Authorship was in use, yet generally it contained the author’s profile photo next to the result and his/her byline name under the title. For part

of the run of Authorship, one could click a writer byline in search to see outcomes revealing associated content from that writer.

Google Authorship began with a main post in June of 2011 where Othar Hansson announced that Google would certainly begin sustaining the rel=writer tag, however with no specifics on how they could use it.

After that in a July 2011 video clip, Hansson and Matt Cutts described that Google+ would be the hub for writer recognition, and that Google could begin showing an unique Authorship rich bit result for correctly identified content.

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Will Google bring back Authorship?

From the day Authorship was “eliminated” in August 2013, we heard no news regarding it from google– till Gary Illyes’s opinions at SMX. So do Gary’s statements indicate we should expect to see a return of Google Authorship to search results?


The reasons Authorship was killed still remain. Similar to any modification in Google search, we’ll possibly never ever understand all the reasons behind it, however everyone reasons explained by John Mueller centered around Google’s commitment to a “mobile first” individual encounter strategy. Mobile first is an acknowledgment that search is a growing number of a mobile experience. Lately, Google announced that even more of all searches are now done on mobile than desktop. That trend will likely never ever turn around.