Google’s John Mueller for troubleshooting massive outcomes
Google’s John Mueller discusses three possible reasons why the structured data on a website does not produce rich search results.
This topic will be covered in detail in the Google Search Central SEO hangout on February 26th.
Stefan Pioso, global SEO director for Amazon Music, joins the hangout to ask Müller for structured breadcrumb data.
Pioso is having trouble showing breadcrumbs in search results.
It should be noted that the search console will pick up the breadcrumb structured data, but it will not be rendered in the search results.
What can he do about his breadcrumbs problem?
Here’s what Müller advises.
Google’s John Mueller on structured data
If structured data does not produce comprehensive results in Google search, there are one of three possible explanations:
- The markup is invalid
- The specific use case does not comply with Google’s guidelines
- The website has lost its extensive result rights due to a previous quality violation
Mueller admits that breadcrumbed data is unlikely to violate Google’s guidelines. You can quickly determine whether the markup is valid with the test tools from Google.
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“When it comes to structured data and comprehensive results in general, we try to look at them at different levels. I don’t know if that goes so much for breadcrumbs.
The first things are a valid markup from a technical point of view. It sounds like it is. You can test this with the test tool.
The second is, is it in line with our guidelines? Which is probably less of a problem for breadcrumbs. Because I don’t know that breadcrumbs are breadcrumbs. It’s hard to make her bad I guess. “
If everything is correct from a technical point of view and the markup in question doesn’t violate Google’s guidelines, then Google’s quality algorithm can be a factor.
If a website previously violated Google’s guidelines through improper use of structured data, the website may no longer have full permissions to results.
This is how Müller explains it:
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“The final signal is more of a general, usually site-wide, signal that is about the quality of the site as a whole. Can we trust that this structured data website that we can show in the abundant results is delivering something sensible?
And usually what happens when everything is set up correctly from a technical point of view, and we’ve had enough time to process it for indexing, and it still doesn’t show up. This is usually a sign that our quality algorithms around the rich results are generally producing you are not 100% satisfied with your website. I don’t know if that’s the case here. “
There is an easy way for website owners to determine if Google’s quality algorithm is preventing large results from being shown when searching.
Do a “Site:” query for your website. If it shows large results there but doesn’t show up in normal queries, it is an indication that Google is not completely satisfied with your site. Müller explains:
“One way to get a rough idea of whether this is the case is to do a website query on your website and see if the large results are displayed there. If the extensive results are shown there, but they are not shown for normal queries, then from a qualitative point of view this is a pretty strong signal that we are not entirely satisfied with your website. Or at least the structured data algorithm there.
If you don’t see the large types of results in the query ‘site:’ either, it’s more a sign that for some reason we didn’t fully process them. You may want to double-check there. “
If all else fails, visit the Google support forums.
“What else I would do is if you see this over an extended period of time – like you give it a couple of weeks and it still doesn’t show up – I would definitely post on the help forum and get input from other people there with specific Queries you use and specific urls you look at. “
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Hear Mueller’s full answer in the video below: