Regardless of how one feels about it, effective use of Google Plus is the defacto standard for getting found in search:
“Within search results, information tied to verified online profiles will be ranked higher than content without such verification, which will result in most users naturally clicking on the top (verified) results. The true cost of remaining anonymous, then, might be irrelevance.”
When Google introduced authorship markup in 2011, Google did note that they were “looking closely at ways this markup could help us highlight authors and rank search results.”
Now Schmidt has made it explicit: in the future, you can boost your rankings by using Google authorship, and as we’ve reported before, Google+ has been designed to be an identity verification network.
via Eric Schmidt: Google Will Give Higher Rankings to Content Tied to Verified Profiles – SEW.
You WILL be assimilated…
- Google authorship matters for SEO (onemanandhisblog.com)
- What Authorship Can Do For You (hubshout.com)
- Author Rank, Authorship, Search Rankings & That Eric Schmidt Book Quote (searchengineland.com)
- How to Optimize Your Content for Authorship Success (problogger.net)