As the owner of a website, optimizing the website content to make it easy for users to search your website is a very important thing. Schema is one of the tools that help you do this effectively. Do you believe that only by a few hours of research on Schema, you can apply and help your website improve SEO ranking significantly? Find out what Schema is and if it is necessary.
What is Schema? Why do You Need Schema?
What is Schema?
Schema is a code snippet that sets the page’s HTML to structure, organize, and display data (your website content) so that search engines can find and read them easily.
If your website has no Schema while it has abundant and messy information, search engines cannot filter out what information is essential. Once Schema is available, search engines can read and understand your website content more clearly. As such, it will understand this page like a product page, and what product type is, which manufacturer is, then may display that information on the search engine results page (SERP).
This information is called “rich snippet” or “featured snippet”. There are many “rich snippet” types for websites with different content. However, remember that Schema doesn’t guarantee the display of the above information on SERPs. It only helps search engines easily find out that information.
Why Should You Use Schema?
For example, when the user searches with the “TheFour” keyword, the search engines will offer all options related to this keyword. Yet, TheFour is often associated with the word “theme”, so Google has prioritized display as the theme first. Because my GretaThemes website, which provides TheFour theme, has installed Schema, it is shown in the top position on SERPs.
As mentioned above, Schema structures and organizes the data so that search engines know the most essential information about your website. Thanks for giving more specific and accurate information to search engines, it will be easier for users to find your website, then increase traffic and rankings for your page.
In addition, the “rich snippet” mentioned in the previous section will help you to highlight the important information to make the website more attractive and look more credible.
Common Types of “Rich Snippet”
There are up to 50 types of Schema or “rich snippet” depending on your website content. I will list some of the most popular and outstanding types in this article.
This Schema displays scores, votes of a product, even the views and rankings if the product is a movie, music video, etc. A good score can enhance your website’s reputation. On the contrary, you should be careful when you use it.
Breadcrumb or the navigation bar will be eye-catching and explicit in order to help visitors know where they are. Then, the bounce rate may be reduced. Notably, this form fits almost all websites.
Sitelink Schema (sitelink)
This “rich snippet” will show and highlight important links on the main menu of the page. So the visitors will go to these pages more quickly and conveniently.
Schema Google’s Knowledge Graph Card
This is a large card of the information displayed in the right hand when you search for keywords about certain individuals, organizations, products, etc. It provides more information such as date of birth, biography, address, and value of an organization or a person to increase reliability and authenticity.
How to Get Schema for Your Website?
Step 1: Check to See if Your Website has Schema or not
Initially, you need to check if the website has Schema and it is well structured.
First, go to Google Structured Data Testing Tool of Google Search Console.
Then enter your website name in the Fetch URL section and click Run test. Wait a minute and enjoy a cup of tea.
The Detected section will show the structured data. If there is no data here, it means that your page hasn’t had Schema yet and you need to install it to your website. Otherwise, the more data is shown, the better your website is structured. For example, my website shows the Webpage, Organization, ImageObject and CreativeWork sections, which means that it already had Schema.
Step 2: Install Schema Using a Plugin
There are two common ways to add Schema to a website: installing plugins and manually adding code. If you are not a coder then you will find the second way complicated. So I recommend that you use the plugin for ease.
There are many plugins that help you do this and I suggest Schema plugin (free).
Download and Install the Plugin
You can download, install, and activate it right in the Dashboard > Plugin > Add New.
Configure the Plugin
You need to configure the Schema plugin in the Settings section of it. In fact, configuring this plugin is filling out information about your website to help Google read data more easily.
In the General tab, you add basic information about websites and upload your page logo. This helps identify and categorize your website quickly. In each tab, don’t forget to click Save Changes to save the information.
In the Knowledge Graph tab, you need to provide more detailed information about your page.
Go to each section such as Organization Info, Search Result, Social Profiles, and Corporate Contacts to read the instructions, and fill out your website information.
Then, in the Schema tab, you can turn on or off the Schema for the pages and other content such as header, footer, comment, breadcrumbs, object video, etc easily by checking the corresponding boxes. Notice that some settings are only available in the premium version.
The Advanced tab is just for the rich because most options are just for the premium version. You only have one option that is keeping or deleting Schema when removing the plugin. It’s optional.
In case you are not sure about the above settings, the Quick Configuration Wizard section will take you through every setting and help you automatically install Schema.
After clicking on the above tab, an installation window will appear:
Especially when you use this plugin for the first time, you should try this feature or ease. You can read the comprehensive instructions for this here.
Select the Schema Type Added
After finishing the general installation, go to Schema > Types. The plugin will automatically create two default entries which are Post and Page. Choose one of them, you can install Schema to each of them.
With the free version, you only have a default Article type in the Post section, including various types of Article to select. If you want to create more types of Schema such as Documentations, News, etc, you must get the premium version.
If you want to add meta boxes, click the Post meta, a new Post Meta section will appear below to help you create a field to categorize the content. There are three types of default filters that are Author Name, Headline, and Description. You can read the following guide to create your own custom fields.
Now, you basically understand Schema and know how to install it. If you want to have more advanced Schema (rich snippets), as I mentioned at the beginning of this article, you should use the premium version.
Hopefully, having a deep understanding of Schema and knowing how to apply it, your website will be optimized and improved rankings. Also, we have a lot of articles about website optimization and SEO, you can visit and read at Gretathemes.com