Google Authorship

What is the importance of Google Authorship in SEO factor?

Google Authorship for SEO Ranking

Google CEO Eric Schmid, in February 2013 claimed that

"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."

Even when Google+ authorship program has been stopped, Google has still using some form of authorship to find the influential content producers.

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