Did Google remove the Authorship Profile Pictures for another reason than they said? Were they after their own gain? Maybe.
Google’s Jon Mueller announces Google will be removing images and circle counts from authors from the SERPS. Authorship remains important however.
From Authorship to Authority: Why Claiming Your Identity Matters: This SMX London session consisted of Chelsea Blacker, Jim Boykin, Maile Ohye and Grant Simmons looking at this very topic.
To show your author profile in the SERPS you have to verify it. But apparently this doesn’t have to be the case all the time.
Google let’s you filter on author within the search results. This makes you can find out a lot about who to target and who not to target.
Do you want to know what is happened at SMX East? Read the highlights from day 2 of #SMX only on State of Search.