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Hi Grace,Thanks for all your advice in this thread. I'm having the same issue and I'm really having trouble tracking down what has changed, as authorship was working for me on the following two sites for many months, and now the photos aren't showing in search results, though rich snippet testing shows all in order:I'd appreciate any advice.
haven't changed anything. It's very frustrating because nobody here seems to really have any idea why this is. keep me posted on your progress.
Garrett, Djay - I think all of you should spend some time reading Grace's carefully explained and well deserved "best answer" post. Google's algorithm has complete control of when and where it will appear. The focus is on quality pages that deserve authorship. What is it? It's not a way to get all your pages more noticed. It's supposed to be a useful way for people to see trusted authors and identify articles that they have written, such as the little author pictures you might see at a newspaper column by someone whose column you enjoy reading. It's not supposed to be placed on pages that don't deserve it, e.g. your contact us page, your category pages, etc. If your content isn't quality, if you don't publish much - and if you try to publish stuff just for the sake of publishing volume but the posts are not really useful -- Google will probably not show the authorship avatar.
As Gaieus explains, sometimes being logged in or not logged in can make a difference whether the avatar will appear. But the bottom line is that Grace has nailed down everything you need to know -- in great detail. You're probably best served listening to what she says and taking her advice about working on the quality of the content on your sites, the proper placement of authorship and not worrying at all about the author avatar appearing, which is out of your control.
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