Google Search Console Updates Structured Data Report

Google has announced an update to its structured data report in Search Console. The update will provide more information about invalid markup, and provide data covering an eight week time frame, instead of the previous 90 days.

This update is rolling out to Search Console reports and affects all Rich Result status reports, URL inspection tools, and Rich Result tests.

How Is The Structured Data Report Changing?

As an example of what’s changing — let’s say you’re using review snippet markup but you omit the name of the author. Previously, that would have resulted in an error that stated: Missing field “name”.

If a person’s name has numerous fields in the markup, the prior method of reporting mistakes wasn’t as useful as it could have been.

The identical error will now appear in the future: The field “name” (in “author”) is missing.

The extra information in parentheses allows you to quickly identify what’s missing from the markup so you can go in and correct it.

In Search Console’s structured data report, here’s a visual comparison of the old and new methods of reporting errors:

Google Search Console Updates Structured Data Report

How Will This Impact My Use Of Google Search Console?

As previously stated, this update will have an impact on:

  • All rich result status reports in Search Console
  • Inspection tool for URLs
  • Extensive Results Test

All open issues that refer to nested properties will be automatically closed as a result of these changes. New problems will be created with additional information regarding what is missing.

Search Console will not send email notifications regarding new issues to minimize inbox overload.

Google emphasizes that the way mistakes are detected has not changed. This merely alters the manner in which errors are reported.

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