4 Structured Data Markup Examples That Drive Organic Traffic

4 Structured Data Markup Examples That Can Win You More Traffic

Structured data markup is quickly becoming a favorite tool of SEO’s and web publishers in certain niches. Structured data markup can be added to any website’s HTML to produce rich snippets in search results. For certain topics, search engines like Google will put these rich snippets at the top of search results; providing digital property owners with a speedy hack to the top of SERPs (search engine results page).

structured data markup examples

These rich snippets are still commonly underutilized by most web publishers. Almost every site I review has a number of opportunities in which they could be leveraging structured data to drive more organic web traffic to their sites.

Below, I’ll share some really common structured data markup examples that can be used by a large number of websites to drive traffic to pages that may not currently be ranking high in SERPs. Additionally, I’ll share some easy ways to add these markups to your site right now.

What is structured data markup and how do I add it to my site?

Before I get into some of the common examples that sites can use, I thought it might be helpful to quickly put everything in context. Structured data markup is a hot topic right now; partially because Google’s webmaster team has been touting the benefits of it for SEO since earlier this year.

rich snippets in search results

Structured data markup is essentially a string of code that can be added to a site’s HTML. This code is read by search engines and used to produce augmented search results to specific user queries. In many cases, this leads to higher search rankings for pages with these snippets. In fact, Google often leverages some of this information to provide searchers with immediate query answers; leading to immediate #1 ranking results for the URL with the structured data.

I find that many publishers typically haven’t added structured data to their site’s pages for one of three reasons…

  1.  They aren’t sure how…
  2. They don’t think it’s relevant to them
  3. They didn’t know they could…

For #1, it actually is really simple. If you have a custom HTML site it’s as easy as looking at some of the examples below and being creative with your website.  If you leverage a CMS like WordPress, there are a ton of plugins you can use. I will provide some examples of how to use them below.

For #2, I think most publishers would be surprised to find that there are actually a lot of different kinds of structured data now. This means that — with a little creativity — most publishers can find ways to leverage it to their advantage (I’ll give some examples below).

And lastly, for #3, hopefully, we will have solved that problem by the time you’re done reading this post.

Structured data markup examples for digital publishers

I’ll organize these examples by the types of rich snippets they produce and what types of content they can be used for. At the end, I’ll share a complete list of applications. However, the four below will include actual code markups you can use. Lastly, I’ll share some tips for WordPress CMS users as well.

structured data markup examples

1.) Reviews of just about anything

Just about anything that can be reviewed can have “product” review markup added to it. Anytime you see this kind of star rating in a search result it means that the page has structured data on it. In many cases, all top results have these kinds of markup; suggesting that it might be hard to rank for certain results without it.

If you have anything on your site that can be reviewed, you can add this markup and have these snippets added to the result. If your page ends up in SERPs as one of the only results with this data, you may very well skyrocket to the top.

Example of the HTML markup:

example of structured data review

2.) News and topical articles

articles in Google carousel

This is where a lot of sites can get creative and work with their topical content to increase traffic pretty quickly. Structured data on a news site, blog, or sports site is totally fair game. This means that these results could be featured in Google’s SERP  in a top stories carousel and benefit from other rich result features such as headline text and larger-than-thumbnail images.

Example of the HTML markup:

news rich snippets

3.) Recipes may feature some of the most robust features

rich snippets in search results

This may fit a much smaller group of publishers, but for those that feature any kind of recipes (absolutely any kind), I strongly recommend adding the robust recipe structured data. There are a lot of cool new features for these particular results; including rich cards in images now too.

rich cards

Example of the HTML markup:

recipe structured data markup example

4.) Video content that lives on your site

video structured data markup examples

While YouTube dominates video search results, publishers with structured data markup on their self-hosted videos are well-positioned to clean-up on a number of potential search queries. This is low-hanging fruit for any publishers that host video content on their site already.

Video markup enables a badge on the image in mobile image search results. You can also provide details such as the description, thumbnail URL, upload date, and duration. Google may use your markup to power carousels as well.

Example of the HTML markup:

video markup data

See all types of potential structured data markup

The examples listed above are just a few examples of common structured data that many publishers could add to their sites today. Like I mentioned, most sites that I review are leaving a lot of “money on the table” in terms of the traffic they could potentially produce with these tools.

The table below shows all the different types of structured data that can be added to your site today. These categories are examples of all the types of data that Google will use to generate rich snippets.

rich snippet results

How to add structured data to a WordPress site using plugins

There are a couple of good plugins out there for adding structured data to your website. I won’t make any specific recommendations but will share that I use All-In-One Schema.org Rich Snippets plugin on some of my websites.

richsnippets

Once installed, most of these plugins work the same. They include a widget in your post admin that allows you to easily configure specific data markup according to the content in the post. It is actually really easy.

Getting started with rich snippets in search results

Hopefully, you can use the information above to start adding structured data markup to your site’s pages. There’s no penalty for trying to add structured data to your posts and the rewards can be pretty great for being creative in figuring out what posts might qualify for rich snippets.

If you have questions or additional info about the topic leave it below.

Author: Tyler Bishop

Tyler is an award-winning marketer, SEO expert, and successful blogger. He has composed content for some of the world's top publications and has written about business, psychology, sports, martial arts, and pop culture.

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