Google Author Rank is Coming; ClearVoice is Ready

Google Author Rank is coming. Author Rank is an algorithmic analysis of an author’s authority which is used as a search engine ranking signal. When Google Author Rank comes, you’ll want to be ready, having firmly established yourself as a trustworthy authority. Now is the time for authors, journalists, bloggers and other content creators to evaluate themselves as authors in the way a search engine would. With last month’s disappearance of author photos from the SERP, we believe we’re closer than ever to the actualization of Google Author Rank. This means it’s time to evaluate your authority as an author by:

  • Looking at Google Analytics to determine the traffic, bounce rate, and time-on-page to articles on your site
  • Looking at data on when, where and how your articles (across sites) are being shared
  • Consistently monitoring your content to see where it is ranking for its intended keywords
  • Looking at how you align with prominent authors in your area of expertise; i.e. are you as prolific? As in-depth? As followed? As shared? As socially influential based on Klout score (read more on Klout here)?

In the search marketing industry there’s high demand for tools that can evaluate an online presence against metrics like those above, and tools built specifically for analyzing author authority are now coming to market. One such tool that calculates an authority score is ClearVoice, a free platform which has already indexed more than 100,000 authors since it’s launch last month.

Authoritative writers are finally being digitally recognized by readers as trusted sources. It’s only natural that search engines would weigh the importance not only of the source of content but the voice behind it to showcase content authority,” said Joe Griffin, co-founder of ClearVoice.

How is the ClearVoice Score Determined?

Screenshot of Kristi Kellogg's ClearVoice score.

With the ClearVoice Score, content creators have access to an objective measurement of their authority as an author. The ClearVoice Score is calculated by an algorithm that evaluates content that has been marked up for Google Authorship or for Twitter social cards. The ClearVoice Score is then calculated based upon factors including:

  • The amount of websites the author contributes to
  • The domain authority and reach of those websites
  • How often the author publishes content
  • How much each piece of content is shared

Authors will then be given a score between 1 and 100 (100 is the top possible score). The average ClearVoice Score is 45.7, and 25% of writers score between 40 and 50. The top .01% of writers have a ClearVoice Score above 90. These numbers, of course, can fluctuate as more and more content creators are evaluated.

This metric is imperative in today’s influencer marketing economy. If, as a brand or publisher, you’re looking for a writer with a strong voice in a particular vertical that not only can produce compelling content but can also amplify that content, ClearVoice is a powerful tool for identifying those top-tier voices,” explained ClearVoice PR Director Allison Freeland.

Freeland also points out that ClearVoice is the first platform to use Twitter social card markup for authorship validation. ClearVoice studied the habits of 500 major media outlets and found that 40.8% of articles are marked up for Twitter social cards and 33.4% are marked up for Google Authorship. Knowing that, ClearVoice thought it would be valuable to identify content creators via their “digital signature” on Twitter as well as Google+.

How to Leverage Your ClearVoice Score

There’s a reason we look at metrics; as with traffic reports, ranking reports, follower counts and more, they provide us empirical data of where we’ve been and where we’re going. Is ClearVoice an absolute indicator of your worth as a content creator? Or course not — but it’s a tool to help you gauge your reach and grow by identifying how and where you can improve. That way, when Google Author Rank comes (and we believe it will), you will be ahead of the game!

Kristi Kellogg is a journalist, news hound, professional copywriter, and social (media) butterfly. Currently, she is a senior SEO content writer for Conde Nast. Her articles appear in newspapers, magazines, across the Internet and in books such as "Content Marketing Strategies for Professionals" and "The Media Relations Guidebook." Formerly, she was the social media editor at Bruce Clay Inc.

See Kristi's author page for links to connect on social media.

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8 Replies to “Google Author Rank is Coming; ClearVoice is Ready”

Google Author Rank would be useful for the authentication of author.But how would the ClearVoice Score identify the number of websites contributed by the author. Is it a guess or really helpful?

Interesting topic. It sounds like a more in depth Klout, which would definitely be useful data.

“With last month’s disappearance of author photos from the SERP, we believe we’re closer than ever to the actualization of Google Author Rank”

You believe or you know? …based upon what evidence? Or is this merely a guess?

With all due respect, this blog post entry seems like nothing more than a sales pitch to push Clear Voice.

Oh look, I just went over there, and they want my email address.

C’mon guys.

Hi John,

Did you get a chance to check out the article we link to in that sentence? Find it here: In that article, I wrote about why we think Google Author Rank is on its way — and yes, with plenty of evidence. This article on ClearVoice was simply a look at a new (and I believe useful) metric an author can leverage, nothing more :)


Interesting post. Seems Google has been playing with authorship for a while now. It makes sense to rank authors, however, every author has his day and hopefully author rank want go to far and stop good content from being reconsidered from a notoriously spammy or dull author.

I find this is a great tool not only for authers, but to know which article topic has been more shared.

ClearVoice is an inevitable tool to enhance bloggers and internet marketers authority status as Sunday suggested earlier. I am going to try this out and post a dedicated review here.

Invariably, it seems that bloggers and content creators must see ClearVoice as an essential tool. Its features of helping marketers evaluate their authority status or level is admirable!

I guess with coming of Google Author Rank, ClearVoice Platform would remain handy for important decision making. Thankfully, this post has made a lot of revelation on this!

I upvoted this post in kingged where it was shared for online marketers and bloggers.


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