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How to Implement Schema Markup on Your Site [Non Coders]

How to Implement Schema Markup on Your Site [Non Coders]

This post aims to help new SEOs learn the 411 on schema markup, and offer tips on how to implement it on your website if you’re not a coder. Read the post all the way through, or skip to the part you want help with.

What is schema markup?

Schema markup refers to a piece of code that you can put on your website that will help search engine bots ‘understand’ the content within it better.

Often used interchangeably on the web with ‘structured data’, it is not the most accurate way to explain it to your colleagues or clients.

To be precise, schema is is a type of structured data. And for people who like analogies, I found this funny one on Reddit earlier today:

How does schema markup help my website’s SEO?

The end goal of implementing schema markup to your website is enhanced search engine result page listings (SERPs) — equating to a more engaging browsing experience for users — versus a boring regular search listing.

These enhanced search listings are called “rich results”, and can help your website stand out from the competition — increasing the quality and quantity of organic clicks it gets on Google.

Able to be applied to everything from brownie recipes to news articles and events, I encourage you to check out the complete list of the different types of rich results Google lets you optimize for here.

This is a section of Google’s Search Gallery, which outlines the different types of search results it offers.

How many types of schema markup are there?

There are three types of schema that SEOs use — Microdata, RDFa, and JSON.

Microdata in my opinion is a bit of a headache, and RDFa is now depreciated. The universally preferred (and simplest) choice in 2020 is JSON.

Examples of schema markup in action – Showcasing the competitive advantage

Example 1: Neiman Marcus v. Nordstrom

Neiman Marcus uses ‘Organization’ and ‘SiteNavigationElement’ schema on its homepage to help Google make sense of the content on its website.

The results of the schema are a beautiful search bar and deep links to its top pages when users type “Neiman Marcus” into Google.

In contrast, Neiman Marcus’s competitor, Nordstrom does not have schema markup on its homepage. Its SERP listing for the query “Nordstrom” looks like this:

Example 2: Eventbrite v. Laugh Factory

Eventbrite uses ‘Event’ schema on its events pages to encourage Google to generate the kind of deep links we see below. Query typed in: “Laugh Factory Los Angeles Events”:

In contrast, the venue hosting the event, Laugh Factory, does not have any schema implemented on its events page — resulting in its SERP listing to look much more sparse. See results for the same query, “Laugh Factory Los Angeles Events”:

Example #3: Sony v. Beats By Dre

Sony uses Product schema on its product pages to improve their SERP listing appearance. When users type “Sony MDR Headphones” into Google, they can see the star rating, number of reviews, price, and specs for that product.

In contrast, Beats By Dre doesn’t have as helpful structured data on its product pages. When users type “Beats Solo3 Headphones” into Google, a more simple listing appears:

This is happening because the Beats website currently has an error and several warnings with its Product schema:

How do I write schema markup for my website if I don’t know how to code?

Fortunately, writing schema markup for websites its still fairly simple if you don’t know how to code.

And even if you do know how to code, the following solutions are a much more efficient way of getting it up on your site ASAP! 🙂

Schema.org

Schema.org has hundreds and copy and paste-able templates that you can fill in the blanks with your own business’s information. Try it here.

Example of copy and paste-able schema available on schema.com. Update everything within green quotations with your own website’s information.

Merkle’s Schema Markup Generator

Merkle’s Schema Markup Generator tool is even simpler, however does not provide as many customizable options. I would go this route if you want it done fast.

Try it here.

Just click the drop down that says “what kind of schema do you want to create?” and answer a few simple questions.

Google Developers Hub

Like Schema.com, Google Developers Hub also has copy and paste-able schema templates you can use for your site.

Though it does not have as much customization as Schema.org, it offers the best illustrations of what each schema type looks like – which is a major plus. I would go this route if you want the most hand holding.

See Also

Try it here. (You’ll need to click through to the detail page.)

In each schema page, Google Developers Hub provides a template, a detailed explanation, and examples of what it looks like in action.

How do I implement schema markup on my website?

Google Tag Manager

Your schema markup can be implemented with Google Tag Manager by creating a ‘custom html’ tag to trigger on the page you want. This works great for SEOs who don’t have backend access to their clients’ CMS.

In Google Tag Manager, you can create a Custom HTML tag and attach it to a page trigger.

Manual Injection

For more technical SEOs, you can also manually be injected in the <head> or <body> tag of your preferred page. Make sure to notate what this code is for if you aren’t the only one who makes changes.

Shopify lets you edit directly into the theme.liquid. Some WordPress themes let you do this, but not all.

Widgets / Plugins

Most CMS platforms have its own version of a widget or plugin that you can use to copy and paste your code into. This is the simplest option for new SEOs, though it will add extra weight to your site.

WordPress offers a variety of plugins that makes injecting code a breeze. See example from ‘Head and Footer Scripts Inserter’ plugin.

How do I know if I implemented my schema markup correctly?

There are two methods I use to test the accuracy of my schema code.

Google’s Structured Data Testing Tool

You can test the accuracy of your schema markup code using Google’s Structured Data Testing Tool. Just copy and paste your URL or code into the box, and it will flag any errors. Try it here.

To use Google’s Structured Data Testing Tool, simply fetch your website’s URL, or copy and paste the code you wrote.

Structured Data Testing Tool Chrome Extension

When clicked, this little guy will tell you what types of structured data are on a webpage, and if there are any errors or warnings. You can download it here.

Conclusion

Schema markup is a great way to help your website stand out from its competitors, and wow users before they’ve even clicked through to your website.

If you have any questions about what we’ve reviewed in this post — or would like to request a follow up article going over something in more detail — let me know in the comments!

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