Having removed author photos from the SERPs in June, Google has now gone the whole hog and removed authorship altogether.
Under the authorship scheme, writers could add the rel=author markup to their bylines, linking them to Google+ pages.
Indeed, this is probably the only reason why some people joined Google+, as the carrot of improved CTR and perhaps rankings was dangled in front of them.
Google’s John Mueller gives the reason that this author information wasn’t so useful for users, and even distracted from those results.
So, what do SEOs think about this decision? Read on to find out…