In order to simplify how authorship is shown in mobile and desktop search results, Google is removing profile photo and circle count from search results to which authorship is assigned. Now only author information can be seen in the search results along with a clickable author name.
Google Webmaster Trends Analyst, John Mueller, confirmed on Google+, they are making this major change around authorship to improve the search results page with a more consistent design across devices.
Mueller said, “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.” Google confirmed the click through behavior on the new design is similar to the previous design.
Google has also updated authorship for News results. News results now include a smaller profile picture but no Google+ circle count.
How Google Determines Authorship for a Page?
Google will assign you the authorship of a page if:
- You are a popular writer for a well-known site.
- The e-mail address linked to your Google account has the same domain as the search result URL.
- The site was added to your Google+ profile and the page has a link to your Google+ profile.
- The content was published by an app connected to your Google+ profile.