You spent weeks perfecting that picture of yourself and now Google plans to get rid of it. According to Google they’ve spend a lot of time redesigning their search results to provide the cleanest and most effective results they can.
This involves removing the picture of yourself in the SERPs and also removing the number of +1s you’ve got and how many Circles you’re in. See the statement below:
We’ve been doing lots of work to clean up the visual design of our search results… 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.
One of the reported benefits to having the picture including along with everything you’ve written is that it increased Click Through Rates on your listing.
That doesn’t look to have been affected with Google also saying:
Our experiments indicate that click-through behaviour on this new less-cluttered design is similar to the previous one.
What do you think to this news?
Blog Post by: Greg McVey