“I think in the future, at least in a near-term future, we will have more types of structured data markup and it will continue to get more complicated … There are a lot of requirements to enable “fancy” search results as well as features on Google Assistant voice search) … But purely from a markup point of view, I don’t see this getting any easier, unfortunately.” Google: Schema Markup Won’t Get Any Easier; Will Get Harder
Check back often as Google is always expanding the list.
Before you start, baseline your traffic. Google may discover your schema markup quickly, so you’ll want to baseline your traffic before you implement.
Build your list of pages or sample of pages that you plan to markup.
Check the current status of the pages you will optimize:
Use the schema.org type that is the most specific while still being accurate. For example, we would classify this content https://www.schemaapp.com/tips/benefits-of-structured-data-today-and-in-the-future/ as a “BlogPosting“.
If you need help choosing the type:
NOTE: Even though I plan to mark this page up using the Schema App Highlighter, the Schema App Editor does a better job of organizing the schema.org properties into “Required”, “Recommended” and “Other” properties.
Some properties map to separate schema.org types – each with their own set of properties (see below for an example of this).
You must include the required properties for your content to be eligible for display as a rich result.
Create a table. Capture each relevant property and identify its priority – noting whether it is a required, recommended or “other” property.
Only markup content that is visible on the page. When the content is not visible on the page, there is an opportunity to add the content to the page – note this on your planning document. (In our example, “author” is not on the website, so we have an opportunity to add it so we can mark it up).
Including “recommended” properties may also provide viewers with a better user experience.
You may not have the knowledge to complete the table at this point, but that’s okay. As you progress through the training, you’ll develop the skills to do so.
Up until now, we’ve been demonstrating how you might consider the schema markup strategy for a Blog. We’re going to switch gears and introduce the concept that one schema.org type can have properties that are actually another schema.org “type” with its own properties (and so on).
We’ll use the example of a “Product” to demonstrate this concept. In this case, the primary schema.org “type” (aka class or entity) is “Product”.
Many of the “Product” properties are also schema.org types/classes/entities with their own set of properties.
For example, “offer” (colored bright orange) is a schema.org “Product” property that is its own schema.org type and has its own schema.org properties. When we are marking up this page, we would choose “Product” as the primary type but embed other types into the markup, such as “Offer”. In doing so, we are letting the search engines know that this page is about a product that has an offer.
“brand” is a schema.org property associated with “Product”, but “brand” needs to be further defined as either “brand” or “organization”. In this case, we are marking up the company’s logo, so “brand” should be associated with “Organization” which has a property, “logo” which maps to a schema.org class, “ImageObject”.
The Schema App Editor organizes all of the schema.org properties into “Required”, “Recommended” and “Other”. When you choose a property that needs to be further broken down into a new schema.org type, both the Schema App Editor and Highlighter will present you with the options specific to that type so you can select the one that best aligns to your content.
If you want to link content to other pages (either internal or external) but aren’t sure how to do so, utilize “Schema Paths”. “Schema Paths” demonstrates how one schema.org type can be connected to another one. Embedded in the video below are instructions on how to use “Schema Paths”.
Certain companies (like Schema App) create linked Schema Markup so that search engines and voice understand how your content is connected to your organization and to other things on the web. Connected Schema Markup is the foundation of the semantic web. As a result, your Schema Markup is more than code, it creates a Knowledge Graph. Read more about Knowledge Graphs.
A Knowledge Graph can enhance search engine results with information gathered from a variety of sources. It allows users to understand facts about people, places and things and how these entities are all connected.