Let’s face it, when it comes to online marketing and improving search results, there’s one Holy Grail for businesses and marketers: Ranking #1 on a Google Search. Achieving that first organic result is what everyone hopes and dreams and works for. It’s the pinnacle of success, particularly for the SEO consultant. And there’s little doubt that higher and higher search results are better for a website and business.
Well, we should probably know better. When it was suggested back in May by Google that we would not see any more updates to pageRank this year, and that the metric would likely be phased out completely, we should have known better. We should have realized that either the metric would be kept, or it would be replaced with something even better.
Around and around we go. Google’s changed the rules again. In the last week we’ve been introduced to the new Hummingbird algorithm, and then John Mueller (Google Webmaster Tools Analyst) dropped this bomb:
“Well, we don’t use Authorship for ranking.”
Hold your horses and don’t jump to conclusions because this gets interesting.
It all went down in a Google hangout which you can watch yourself here:
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