What if I told you that it was possible to hijack pages on websites with your Google authorship? What if I also told you that sometimes Google does it for you?
Let me tell you a story. The other day, I logged into our private Distilled G+ network and saw this from my coworker Phil Nottingham -
We all had a laugh as Phil thought that I was trolling him (which admittedly would have been amazing). But I was not. In fact, I did some more searches on the Distilled site and saw these -
And as much as I’d love to take credit for Will Critchlow’s great B2B Content Marketing post, I didn’t write it and thus shouldn’t have this:
Not only that, but I was also credited for the entire Distilled blog -
This peaked my interest of course, so I dug a bit deeper. The rich snippets tool does not show anything and verifies that I was indeed not trolling all of Distilled -
And Will should be getting credit for his post after all -
I realized, though, that my authorship was set to this -
So what happened?
I ended up changing my author link -
And this happened -
So now, I am testing to see if I can forceably take over a blog’s authorship. I’m currently trying to do it to Mike King’s site iPullRank.com, with his permission of course. I’ll update if anything happens.
Oh, and if you’re wondering “What’s all this ‘John and Phil look so alike’ business?”, I’ll just leave this here: