You may have heard the latest. The profile pictures and Google+ information that accompanied the search engine page listings of posts by bloggers who have validated authorship are toast. Listings now will simply have a byline. Did Google kill Author Rank? Nope. It hasn't ever really existed.
The ticket to your desired Internet listing is Google authorship, a highly effective way of connecting and promoting content on search results pages. It’s free to use, easy to set up, and worth the effort—especially for us who dream the Google dream. Google authorship wasn’t always Google authorship. It began as Agent Rank.