That’s the purpose of structured data. It’s a 1990s concept of organizing a site’s info to help search engines understand it. But the rise of the web produced many types of structured data, not the uniformity desired by search engines.
Search Console’s “Performance” section compares the click-through rates of your various rich snippets and identifies the best performers to know which drives the most traffic.
Hence the term “schema” is now synonymous with “structured data.”
Search engines have long desired a uniform method to understand websites. Search bots cannot necessarily discern a site’s meaning from crawling its code. Is it a store or a blog? A recipe site or gardening?
Beyond Rich Snippets
Ryte structured data helper instantly validates schema markup on any page.
Tools for implementing schema are proliferating, especially for popular platforms such as WordPress, Shopify, Wix, and many more.
- Ensure all information in schema markup is visible to humans. For example, do not include frequently asked questions only in schema format. Include that section in visible HTML so people can see it.
- Maintain focus and specificity. Avoid using only sitewide or redundant schema types. Keep it focused on each page where possible. And importantly, make sure search engines can understand it. That’s where schema validators come into play.
Schema Builders, Validators
Schema.org’s validator loads a page’s schema in the right-side panel and highlights errors in red, with recommended properties to add. Click image to enlarge.
Keep an eye on the “Enhancements” section of Google’s Search Console. The section will list (i) all rich snippets your site is eligible for based on its schema use and (ii) errors or warnings in your on-page schema which may (or may not) prevent rich snippets.
The tool will also highlight schema errors in red and list recommended (but not required) properties to add.
Google requires Schema.org markup to qualify for rich snippets in organic search results. But the benefits extend beyond snippets. While it supports only a limited number of schema types, Google’s search guidelines encourage website owners to use those markups extensively, such as for identifying articles, breadcrumbs, authors, associated social sites, “entities,” and more.
Schema implementation basics include:
Schema Builder makes it easy to copy existing markup from any site, not just your own.
3. Ryte structured data helper instantly validates schema markup on any page. Ryte’s Chrome extension is quicker than its web version, as there’s no need to copy and paste a URL.
- WordPress and WooCommerce. Colorbib’s list of review plugins that support schema is helpful. The list includes review plugins for products, books, recipes, and more.
Enter Schema.org. It’s a type of structured data — a “vocabulary” based on JSON-LD code — founded in 2011 and endorsed by the major search engines: Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Yandex. It’s managed and organized by a non-profit collaborative community of mostly developers and engineers. In circa 2022, structured data from Schema.org is the de-facto industry standard.
2. Schema.org’s validator loads a page’s schema in the right-side panel in an organized manner. Users can highlight any property or project for the tool to show the code behind it.
Again, the markup is automatically visible to search bots. Make sure humans can read the info, too.