Adding Structured Data Helps Google Understand & Rank Webpages Better
At Pubcon yesterday, Gary Illyes from Google focused quite a bit of time on structured data, stressing the importance of its use by site owners. And while schema is popular for some types of websites, many sites are not implementing any kind of schema at all, or perhaps only default schema their CMS adds.
Illyes added an interesting detail to the structured data conversation for SEOs to be aware of – using structured data can help rank webpages better, as Google can use the structured data to understand the page better. And even more interesting, Google can use, and recommends using, structured data that isn’t listed in developers.google.com.
Illyes then confirms that schema is being used for indexing and ranking, outside of simply being used to be show as search feature in the results.
But most interestingly, Illyes also recommends using any of the official schema.org schema, and not just limit your site to the officially supported ones in the Google developer docs for structured data.
We can also expect that some of these schema.org types will be added to the search results as additional search features as well, although it is hard to know what Google will implement prior to the doing so. That said, with Google recommending adding schema, sites can be ready when Google does turn on specific search features, as the markup would already be in place.
However, you want to be careful you aren’t being spammy with your schema either, use only schema types that fit the page or the site. Otherwise, sites run the risk of getting a spammy structured data manual action, which would result in the site losing all search features like rating reviews until the manual action is lifted.
But exploring structured data you can add to your pages can help with Google better understanding your webpages and rank them easier with it in place.
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