– Why You’re Behind if You’re Not Using It… – Why You’re Behind if You’re Not Using It…

Posted by CraigBradford
If someone told you that there was a quick and easy way that many of you could improve your SERP CTR for minimal effort, you'd all stop in your tracks and give them full attention. Yet, and rich snippets are still horribly under-utilized.

Since Google (and Bing!) officially introduced in June, it?s fair to say motivation to implement it has been mixed. However since its introduction has already evolved a lot, adding a lot of new stuff that people haven?t paid attention to. Here I try to persuade you there are few downsides and plenty of upsides.

Myth: markup doesn?t get rich snippets!

A common objection I hear to people not using Schema is that there?s no point because Google don?t use it for rich snippets. WRONG!

This was true, but is no longer; lots of websites in different markets have taken a leap of faith and are seeing the benefits in the form of rich snippets.

Examples of Rich Snippets Showing in Google

The following are all examples of websites that are currently using the vocabulary:


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TV Series

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As you can see is definitely being used by Google. is not a language. is a Microdata vocabulary; not a language in and of itself. Let me explain the difference, as there is still a lot of confusion in the SEO community.

There are various languages that do the job we're discussing:




When marking up any content on a page for rich snippets or similar machine readable reasons, the method of doing so is always a mix between one of these and a vocabulary. See the example below of using Microdata with the vocabulary.

Of the language and vocabulary