Google Search Console updates structured data report

Google is updating the Structured Data report in Search Console to provide more context about errors, helping you fix invalid markup with less guesswork.

The update is rolling out to Search Console reports starting today and impacts all Rich Results Status reports, URL Inspection Tool and Rich Results Testing .

How is the Structured Data report changing?

As an example of what changes, let’s say you use snippet review markup, but omit the author’s name.

This would cause an error. Prior to today, the Structured Data report displayed a message stating: Missing “name” field.

If there are multiple fields in the markup for a person’s name, the previous method of reporting errors was not as helpful as it could have been.

In the future, the same error will now read: Missing “name” field (in “author”).

The added detail in parentheses immediately identifies what’s missing in the markup so you can go there and fix it.

Here’s a visual comparison of the old and new way of reporting errors in Search Console’s Structured Data report:

Screenshot from developers.google.com/search/blog, March 2022.

How will this impact my use of Google Search Console?

As mentioned, this update will affect:

  • All Search Console Rich Results Status Reports
  • URL Inspection Tool
  • Rich Results Test

As a result of these changes, all open issues that reference nested properties will be automatically closed. New issues will be opened with more context on what is missing.

To avoid inbox overload, Search Console will not send email notifications about new issues.

Google clarifies that there is no change in the way errors are detected. This only changes how errors are reported.


Source: Google

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