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Remove author's name from Google search results

  1. Hi there,

    I manage 2 WordPress.com blogs: meeg.org and eaunritchie.org - both on behalf of other people. (Dustin and Ean, respectively).

    I have just noticed that my name (Nick) appears in Google search results for either site.

    I don't want my name to appear as the 'author' of these blogs. I would prefer no author, or (at least) Dustin / Eaun.

    There seems to be lots of (confusing) information about linking Google+ profiles and adding profile pictures, but I would actually prefer to remain a bit more anonymous!

    Cheers, Nick

    The blog I need help with is meeg.org.

  2. Bump ^

    I don't suppose anyone has any ideas on how to remove their name from Google search results?

    Or at least to attribute the authorship of the blog to someone else, but still keep one profile?

  3. Your name is in the contents of the blogs, so it will be googleable. If you do not want to be listed as the author of the posts (and you are already using a theme that does not display this information) then you will have to Edit the posts to change the author to one of the other WordPress.com accounts that has access to that blog. To get information off Google you first wipe it off the internet, then you wait six months to a year. Without a court order or similar, they don't like to take down information they've cached.

  4. Hi Raincoaster - thanks for the response.

    I'm not so worried about being googleable (I'm not that paranoid!), it's just that I would prefer that my name wasn't included so prominently in the search results.

    I'm intrigued as to your solution to "change the author to one of the other WordPress.com accounts that has access to that blog".

    Take the blog euanritchie.org for instance, that I manage on behalf of my friend Euan. At the moment, I am the only person with access to that blog. But, are you saying that I could create a user account for Euan (or he could do it), and then I could make him the author of the posts?

    Do you think that would affect the Google search results? I mean, the "owner" of the blog is still me (Nick), right?

    Cheers, Nick

  5. Take the blog euanritchie.org for instance, that I manage on behalf of my friend Euan. At the moment, I am the only person with access to that blog. But, are you saying that I could create a user account for Euan (or he could do it), and then I could make him the author of the posts?

    You need Euan to create the account (you can invite them & help but they need to do some of the work themselves) - make them Author or something - then go through the Posts and Pages and change the Author to Euan -

    Won't hurt the overall search results

    I do the above for some friends - they email me their Posts and pictures and I upload them and make then the Author of the Post

  6. Thanks auxclass, I'll give it a go, and see if it works.

    Once Euan has his own account, can I make his the default "owner" of the blog? Or will that always be me?

  7. You can transfer the blog to Euan to make him the owner - but caution - you will then be removed from the blog and he will need to invite you back into the blog for you to help him.

  8. Thanks auxclass. Yep, I just discoverd that myself. I don't think I will transfer the blog to Euan. Would seem to defeat the point of me managing it for him.

    When I search for "eaun ritchie" on Google, I get a search result that reads like this:

    Euan Ritchie | Applied ecology and conservation research, Deakin ...
    euanritchie.org/‎
    Applied ecology and conservation research, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia (by Nick)

    I guess I'm concerned that even if I ask Euan to set up his own WordPress profile and make make the author of every post and page on the whole blog, I am still the owner, so that will be what Google uses in it's search results. Guess we will wait and see...

    Thank you for your advice.

  9. Google will correct itself in a few weeks or months if you do this.

  10. fitfasttrainers
    Member

    See this link, but it didn't work for me, damm!
    http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1408986

    Anyone got any better ideas?

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