Schema markup is a new method for optimizing your page for search. Schema is a semantic vocabulary of microdata and tags that can be added to your website, improving the way search engines interpret and represent your page in SERPs (search engine result pages). The schema markup essentially tells the search engine your page basics, Google calls them “explicit clues”.
Schema.org has been a collaborative effort between the major search engines to help webmasters provide the best information to the search engines. This speaks directly to your rank and therefore display of content to search users. In addition, by adding Schema to your pages I can improve the way your pages display in the SERPs.
What type of items does Schema markup help describe?
- Local Business
A full list of the different Schema classes can be found here.
Schema can also be used to show your online ratings on sites like Google’s MyBusiness and Yelp, right in your SERPs! See the example below of the work I did to get Jim Parker’s 5 Star rating from his Google MyBusiness account to show in his SERPs. Almost no one is using this method! It really helps your search listing stand out on a crowded page. You can also use it to add dates, images, and even videos to your pages SERP results.
What does Schema markup look like?
Luckily Google has an online Schema wizard you can find here.
“Schema.org vocabulary can be used with many different encodings, including RDFa, Microdata and JSON-LD. These vocabularies cover entities, relationships between entities and actions, and can easily be extended through a well-documented extension model. Over 10 million sites use Schema.org to markup their web pages and email messages. Many applications from Google, Microsoft, Pinterest, Yandex, and others already use these vocabularies to power rich, extensible experiences. “
Contact me today! Let’s see what implementing Schema can do to help you rank higher, stand out in the SERPs, and be more successful online.
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Michael Winchester is a website designer and search engine ranking specialist in Southern California.
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