Add structured data to COVID-19 announcements (BETA)

Due to COVID-19, many organizations, such governments, health organizations, schools, and more, are publishing urgent announcements that affect schedules and other aspects of everyday life. This includes the closure of facilities, rescheduling of events, and new availability of medical facilities (for example, testing centers). Here are some examples of special announcements:

  • Announcement of a shelter-in-place directive
  • Closure notice (for example, closing a school or public transportation)
  • Announcement of government benefits (for example, unemployment support, paid leave, or one-time payments)
  • Quarantine guidelines
  • Travel restrictions
  • Notification of a new drive-through testing center
  • Announcement of an event transitioning from offline to online, or cancellation
  • Announcement of revised hours and shopping restrictions
  • Disease spread statistics and maps
An example of a COVID-19 announcement in Google Search

How to implement your COVID-19 announcements

There are two ways that you can implement your COVID-19 announcements:

  • Add SpecialAnnouncement structured data to your web pages (recommended): Structured data is a standardized format for providing information about a page and classifying the page content. If you’re new to structured data, you can learn more about how structured data works. To implement COVID-19 announcement structured data, follow these steps.
  • Submit announcements in Search Console: If you don't have access to your site's HTML, or you need to quickly submit the announcement (and you don't have time to implement structured data), you can submit the announcement in Search Console. The tool is only for short-lived announcements that are set to expire within a month of posting. Also, there is currently no way to update your announcement (with structured data, it's possible to update your announcement with more details or extend the date). Learn more.

Build, test, and release structured data

How to add structured data

Structured data is a standardized format for providing information about a page and classifying the page content. If you’re new to structured data, you can learn more about how structured data works.

Here's an overview of how to build, test, and release structured data. For a step-by-step guide on how to add structured data to a web page, check out the structured data codelab.

  1. Add the required properties. For information about where to put structured data on the page, watch JSON-LD structured data: Where to insert on the page.
  2. Follow the guidelines.
  3. Validate your code using the Rich Results Test.
  4. Deploy a few pages that include your structured data and use the URL Inspection tool to test how Google sees the page. Be sure that your page is accessible to Google and not blocked by a robots.txt file, the noindex tag, or login requirements. If the page looks okay, you can ask Google to recrawl your URLs.
  5. To keep Google informed of future changes, we recommend that you submit a sitemap. You can automate this with the Search Console Sitemap API.

Submit a COVID-19 announcement for your site in Search Console (BETA)

Government agencies and official health organizations can submit an important COVID-19 announcement on their site, particularly if they are unable to use structured data. This includes the closure of facilities, rescheduling of events, and new availability of medical facilities (for example, testing centers). Google Search uses this information to better understand the content on your web page and show the important announcement to relevant people alongside your web page result.

Open COVID-19 announcement submission tool

Feature availability

Due to the urgent nature of COVID-19, we are actively developing this feature and you may see changes in requirements or guidelines. We are focusing on announcements from health and government organizations. You may not see results in Google Search right away. You can provide structured data or submit your announcement in Search Console in advance, to ensure that your announcements are eligible when the feature becomes available. This helps Google understand the data behind COVID-19 announcements, while we work on expanding support for more use cases.

Examples

Shelter-in-place announcement

Here's an example of a shelter-in-place announcement that affects multiple counties.

JSON-LD


<html>
  <head>
    <title>Shelter-in-place announcement</title>
    <script type="application/ld+json">
    {
      "@context": "https://schema.org",
      "@type": "SpecialAnnouncement",
      "name": "Shelter-in-place for 3 California counties",
      "text": "As of 11:59 pm on March 17, 2020, all individuals in the 3 counties must strictly follow the provisions in this new Order. This new Order will be in effect through March 30, 2020.",
      "datePosted": "2020-03-17T08:00",
      "expires": "2020-03-24T23:59",
      "quarantineGuidelines": "https://example.org/california/shelter-in-place/",
      "diseasePreventionInfo": "https://example.org/california/prevention-tips/",
      "category": "https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q81068910",
      "spatialCoverage": [
        {
          "type": "AdministrativeArea",
          "name": "San Francisco County, CA"
        },
        {
          "type": "AdministrativeArea",
          "name": "Marin County, CA"
        },
        {
          "type": "AdministrativeArea",
          "name": "Santa Clara County, CA"
        }
      ]
    }
    </script>
  </head>
  <body>
  </body>
</html>

Microdata


<html itemscope itemprop="SpecialAnnouncement" itemtype="https://schema.org/SpecialAnnouncement">
<head>
  <title itemprop="name">Shelter-in-place for 3 California counties</title>
</head>
<body>
  <p itemprop="datePosted" content="2020-03-17T08:00">March 17, 2020</p>
  <meta itemprop="expires" content="2020-03-30T08:00" />
  <p itemprop="text">As of 11:59 pm on March 17, 2020, all individuals in the 3 counties must strictly follow the provisions in this new Order. This new Order will be in effect through March 30, 2020.</p>
  <p itemprop="quarantineGuidelines" content="https://example.org/california/shelter-in-place/"><a href="https://example.org/california/shelter-in-place/">Learn more</a>.</p>
  <meta itemprop="diseasePreventionInfo" content="https://example.org/california/prevention-tips/" />
  <meta itemprop="category" content="https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q81068910" />
  <div itemprop="spatialCoverage" itemtype="http://schema.org/AdministrativeArea" itemscope>
    <meta itemprop="name" content="San Francisco County, CA" />
    </div>
  <div itemprop="spatialCoverage" itemtype="http://schema.org/AdministrativeArea" itemscope>
    <meta itemprop="name" content="Marin County, CA" />
  </div>
  <div itemprop="spatialCoverage" itemtype="http://schema.org/AdministrativeArea" itemscope>
    <meta itemprop="name" content="Santa Clara County, CA" />
  </div>
</body>
</html>

Multiple updates on a single page

Here's an example of an updates page that has multiple announcements.

JSON-LD


<html>
  <head>
    <title>CA Updates on COVID-19</title>
    <script type="application/ld+json">
  [{
      "@context": "https://schema.org",
      "@type": "SpecialAnnouncement",
      "name": "Shelter-in-place for 3 California counties",
      "text": "<a href=https://example.org/california/executive-order-123>Executive order 123</a> requires residents to shelter-in-place through April 30. Additional disease prevention and quarantine guidelines are also available.",
      "datePosted": "2020-04-01T08:00",
      "expires": "2020-05-03T23:59",
      "quarantineGuidelines": "https://example.org/california/shelter-in-place",
      "diseasePreventionInfo": "https://example.org/california/prevention-tips",
      "category": "https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q81068910",
      "spatialCoverage": [
        {
          "type": "AdministrativeArea",
          "name": "Santa Clara County, CA"
        },
        {
          "type": "AdministrativeArea",
          "name": "Marin County, CA"
        },
        {
          "type": "AdministrativeArea",
          "name": "Santa Clara County, CA"
        }
      ]
    },
  {
      "@context": "https://schema.org",
      "@type": "SpecialAnnouncement",
      "name": "New information regarding worker benefits during COVID-19",
      "text": "A new summary chart explains the benefits for workers that are impacted by COVID-19. <a href=https://example.org/california/summary-of-benefits>Learn more</a>.",
      "datePosted": "2020-03-30T08:00",
      "expires": "2020-04-06T23:59",
      "newsUpdatesAndGuidelines": "https://example.org/california/worker-benefits-covid-19",
      "category": "https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q81068910",
      "spatialCoverage":
        {
          "type": "State",
          "name": "CA"
        }
    },
    {
      "@context": "https://schema.org",
      "@type": "SpecialAnnouncement",
      "name": "Updates on key federal changes to make food and health care more accessible",
      "text": "The Federal Government is making food and health care more accessible.",
      "datePosted": "2020-03-29T08:00",
      "expires": "2020-04-05T23:59",
      "newsUpdatesAndGuidelines": "https://example.org/california/food-health-guidelines",
      "diseasePreventionInfo": "https://example.org/california/prevention-tips",
      "category": "https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q81068910",
      "spatialCoverage":
        {
          "type": "State",
          "name": "CA"
        }
      }
  ]
    </script>
  </head>
  <body>
  </body>
</html>

Microdata


<html>
<head>
  <title itemprop="name">CA Updates on COVID-19</title>
</head>
<body>
<div itemscope itemprop="SpecialAnnouncement" itemtype="https://schema.org/SpecialAnnouncement">
  <h2 itemprop="name">Shelter-in-place for 3 California counties</h2>
  <meta itemprop="datePosted" content="2020-03-17T08:00" />
  <meta itemprop="expires" content="2020-03-30T08:00" />
  <p itemprop="text"><a href=https://example.org/california/executive-order-123>Executive order 123</a> requires residents to shelter-in-place through April 30. Additional disease prevention and quarantine guidelines are also available.</p>
  <p itemprop="quarantineGuidelines" content="https://example.org/california/shelter-in-place/"><a href="https://example.org/california/shelter-in-place/">Learn more</a>.</p>
  <meta itemprop="diseasePreventionInfo" content="https://example.org/california/prevention-tips/" />
  <meta itemprop="category" content="https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q81068910" />
  <div itemprop="spatialCoverage" itemtype="http://schema.org/AdministrativeArea" itemscope>
    <meta itemprop="name" content="San Francisco County, CA" />
    </div>
  <div itemprop="spatialCoverage" itemtype="http://schema.org/AdministrativeArea" itemscope>
    <meta itemprop="name" content="Marin County, CA" />
  </div>
  <div itemprop="spatialCoverage" itemtype="http://schema.org/AdministrativeArea" itemscope>
    <meta itemprop="name" content="Santa Clara County, CA" />
  </div>
</div>
<div itemscope itemprop="SpecialAnnouncement" itemtype="https://schema.org/SpecialAnnouncement">
  <h2 itemprop="name">New information regarding worker benefits during COVID-19</h2>
  <meta itemprop="datePosted" content="2020-03-30T08:00" />
  <meta itemprop="expires" content="2020-04-06T23:59" />
  <p itemprop="text">A new summary chart explains the benefits for workers that are impacted by COVID-19. <a href=https://example.org/california/summary-of-benefits>Learn more</a>.</p>
  <meta itemprop="newsUpdatesAndGuidelines" content="https://example.org/california/worker-benefits-covid-19" />
  <meta itemprop="category" content="https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q81068910" />
  <div itemprop="spatialCoverage" itemtype="http://schema.org/State" itemscope>
    <meta itemprop="name" content="CA" />
    </div>
</div>
<div itemscope itemprop="SpecialAnnouncement" itemtype="https://schema.org/SpecialAnnouncement">
  <h2 itemprop="name">Updates on key federal changes to make food and health care more accessible</h2>
  <meta itemprop="datePosted" content="2020-03-29T08:00" />
  <meta itemprop="expires" content="2020-04-05T23:59" />
  <p itemprop="text">The Federal Government is making food and health care more accessible.</p>
  <meta itemprop="newsUpdatesAndGuidelines" content="https://example.org/california/food-health-guidelines" />
  <meta itemprop="diseasePreventionInfo" content="https://example.org/california/prevention-tip" />
  <meta itemprop="category" content="https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q81068910" />
  <div itemprop="spatialCoverage" itemtype="http://schema.org/State" itemscope>
    <meta itemprop="name" content="CA" />
    </div>
</div>
</body>
</html>

Government benefits announcement

Here's an example of an announcement of a new government benefit for small businesses.

JSON-LD


<html>
  <head>
    <title>New Paycheck Protection Program for small business</title>
    <script type="application/ld+json">
  {
    "@context": "https://schema.org",
    "@type": "SpecialAnnouncement",
    "name": "New Paycheck Protection Program for small business",
    "text": "Example Administration announces a new loan that helps small businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.",
    "datePosted": "2020-03-30T08:00",
    "expires": "2020-04-24T23:59",
    "category": "https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q81068910",
    "spatialCoverage": {
      "type": "Country",
        "name": "US"
        },
    "governmentBenefitsInfo": {
      "@type": "GovernmentService",
      "name": "Paycheck Protection Program",
      "url":  "https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp",
      "provider": {
        "@type": "GovernmentOrganization",
        "name": "US Small Business Administration"
       },
      "serviceType": "http://schema.org/BusinessSupport",
      "audience": {
        "@type": "Audience",
        "name": "Small businesses"
        }
      }
    }
  }
    </script>
  </head>
  <body>
  </body>
</html>

Microdata


<html itemscope itemprop="SpecialAnnouncement" itemtype="https://schema.org/SpecialAnnouncement">
<head>
  <title itemprop="name">New Paycheck Protection Program for small business</title>
</head>
<body>
  <meta itemprop="datePosted" content="2020-03-30T08:00" />
  <meta itemprop="expires" content="2020-04-24T23:59" />
  <p itemprop="text">Example Administration announces a new loan that helps small businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.</p>
  <div itemprop="spatialCoverage" itemtype="http://schema.org/Country" itemscope>
    <meta itemprop="name" content="US" />
  </div>
  <meta itemprop="category" content="https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q81068910" />
  <div itemprop="governmentBenefitsInfo" itemtype="http://schema.org/GovernmentService" itemscope>
    <meta itemprop="url" content="https://www.example.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp" />
    <div itemprop="provider" itemtype="http://schema.org/GovernmentOrganization" itemscope>
      <meta itemprop="name" content="US Small Business Administration" />
    </div>
    <div itemprop="audience" itemtype="http://schema.org/Audience" itemscope>
      <meta itemprop="name" content="Small businesses" />
    </div>
    <meta itemprop="serviceType" content="http://schema.org/BusinessSupport" />
  </div>
</body>
</html>

School closure announcement

Here's an example of a school closure announcement.

JSON-LD


<html>
  <head>
    <title>COVID-19 School Announcements</title>
    <script type="application/ld+json">
  {
    "@context": "https://schema.org",
    "@type": "SpecialAnnouncement",
    "name": "COVID-19 School Announcements",
    "text": "All schools will remain closed through a minimum of May 1 in alignment with school
    districts across all Bay Area counties.",
    "datePosted": "2020-03-17T08:00",
    "expires": "2020-03-24T23:59",
    "category": "https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q81068910",
    "schoolClosuresInfo": "https://example-school-district.org/announcements/extended-closure-notice",
    "announcementLocation": {
      "@type": "CivicStructure",
      "name": "Example School",
      "url": "https://example-school.org/",
      "address": {
        "@type": "PostalAddress",
        "streetAddress": "123 West Chestnut Drive",
        "addressLocality": "Palo Alto",
        "postalCode": "13478",
        "addressRegion": "CA",
        "addressCountry": "US"
      }
    }
  }
    </script>
  </head>
  <body>
  </body>
</html>

Microdata


<html itemscope itemprop="SpecialAnnouncement" itemtype="https://schema.org/SpecialAnnouncement">
<head>
  <title itemprop="name">COVID-19 School Announcements</title>
</head>
<body>
  <p itemprop="datePosted" content="2020-03-17T08:00">March 17, 2020</p>
  <meta itemprop="expires" content="2020-03-30T08:00" />
  <p itemprop="text">All schools will remain closed through a minimum of May 1 in alignment with school districts across all Bay Area counties.</p>
  <p itemprop="schoolClosuresInfo" content="https://example-school-district.org/announcements/extended-closure-notice"><a href="https://example-school-district.org/announcements/extended-closure-notice">Learn more</a>.</p>
  <meta itemprop="category" content="https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q81068910" />
  <div itemprop="announcementLocation" itemtype="http://schema.org/CivicStructure" itemscope>
    <meta itemprop="name" content="Example School" />
    <meta itemprop="url" content="https://example-school.org/" />
    <div itemprop="address" itemtype="http://schema.org/PostalAddress" itemscope>
      <meta itemprop="streetAddress" content="123 West Chestnut Drive" />
      <meta itemprop="addressLocality" content="Palo Alto" />
      <meta itemprop="postalCode" content="13478" />
      <meta itemprop="addressRegion" content="CA" />
      <meta itemprop="addressCountry" content="US" />
    </div>
  </div>
</body>
</html>

COVID-19 testing facility announcement

Here's an example of a COVID-19 testing facility announcement.

JSON-LD


<html>
  <head>
    <title>COVID-19 testing facility announcement</title>
    <script type="application/ld+json">
    {
      "@context": "https://schema.org",
      "@type": "SpecialAnnouncement",
      "name": "Example Health Care announces COVID-19 testing facility",
      "text": "Example Health Care’s same-day primary care program is offering drive-through testing, by appointment, for SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.",
      "datePosted": "2020-03-16T08:00",
      "expires": "2020-03-24T23:59",
      "gettingTestedInfo": "https://med.example.edu/news/covid-19-testing-facility.html",
      "category": "https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q81068910",
      "announcementLocation" : {
        "@type": "CivicStructure",
        "name": "Example Health Care",
        "url": "https://examplehealthcare.org/",
        "address": {
          "@type": "PostalAddress",
          "streetAddress": "123 West Chestnut Drive",
          "addressLocality": "Palo Alto",
          "postalCode": "13478",
          "addressRegion": "CA",
          "addressCountry": "US"
          }
        }
      }
    </script>
  </head>
  <body>
  </body>
</html>

Microdata


<html itemscope itemprop="SpecialAnnouncement" itemtype="https://schema.org/SpecialAnnouncement">
<head>
  <title itemprop="name">Example Health Care announces COVID-19 testing facility</title>
</head>
<body>
  <p itemprop="datePosted" content="2020-03-17T08:00">March 17, 2020</p>
  <meta itemprop="expires" content="2020-03-30T08:00" />
  <p itemprop="text">Example Health Care’s same-day primary care program is offering drive-through testing, by appointment, for SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.</p>
  <p itemprop="gettingTestedInfo" content="https://med.example.edu/news/covid-19-testing-facility.html"><a href="https://med.example.edu/news/covid-19-testing-facility.html">Learn more</a>.</p>
  <meta itemprop="category" content="https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q81068910" />
  <div itemprop="announcementLocation" itemtype="http://schema.org/CivicStructure" itemscope>
    <meta itemprop="name" content="Example Health Care" />
    <meta itemprop="url" content="https://examplehealthcare.org/" />
    <div itemprop="address" itemtype="http://schema.org/PostalAddress" itemscope>
      <meta itemprop="streetAddress" content="123 West Chestnut Drive" />
      <meta itemprop="addressLocality" content="Palo Alto" />
      <meta itemprop="postalCode" content="13478" />
      <meta itemprop="addressRegion" content="CA" />
      <meta itemprop="addressCountry" content="US" />
    </div>
  </div>
</body>
</html>

Guidelines

You must follow these guidelines to be eligible to appear in special announcements on Google Search.

Structured data type definitions

You must include the required properties for your content to be eligible for display as a special announcement on Google Search. We recommend that you also add the recommended properties if you have that information.

SpecialAnnouncement

The full definition of SpecialAnnouncement is provided on schema.org. You can start using SpecialAnnouncement even though it's still under development on Schema.org.

Required properties
datePosted

DateTime

The date that the COVID-19 announcement was published in ISO-8601 format.

name

Text

The short title of the COVID-19 announcement. For example: "Stanford announces COVID-19 testing facility"

Either text or a specific property that points to more info

You must include either text, or one of the following properties that point to more info about the announcement, depending on the subject matter:

Recommended properties
announcementLocation

LocalBusiness or CivicStructure

The specific location that is associated with the SpecialAnnouncement. For example, a specific testing facility or business with special opening hours. For a larger geographic region, like a quarantine of an entire region, we recommend that you use spatialCoverage.

announcementLocation.address

PostalAddress

The detailed street address that is the focus of the announcement.

announcementLocation.name

Text

The name of the location that is the focus of the announcement. For example, the name of the testing facility.

announcementLocation.url

URL

The URL where people can learn more about the announcement location. For example, the URL for the testing facility that explains where it is, hours, and who is eligible.

category

URL

The URL that describes the category for the special announcement. Set the category to the Wikipedia page for COVID-19: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q81068910

diseasePreventionInfo

URL or WebContent

Information about disease prevention, if applicable to the announcement.

diseaseSpreadStatistics

URL or WebContent or Dataset or Observation

If applicable to the announcement, the statistical information about the spread of a disease, either as WebContent, or described directly as a Dataset, or the specific Observation in the dataset. When a WebContent URL is provided, the page indicated might also contain more markup.

expires

DateTime

The date in which the content expires and is no longer useful or available in ISO-8601 format. Don't include this property if you don't know when the content will expire.

gettingTestedInfo

URL or WebContent

Information about getting tested (for a MedicalCondition) in the context of COVID-19, if applicable to the announcement.

governmentBenefitsInfo

GovernmentService

Information about new government benefits in the context of COVID-19, if applicable to the announcement. If you include governmentBenefitsInfo, you must add the following properties:

For a full example of how these properties work, see the government benefits announcement example.

governmentBenefitsInfo.audience

Audience

The audience that is eligible to receive the government benefits. For example, if the government benefits apply to small businesses:

{
  "@context": "https://schema.org",
  "@type": "SpecialAnnouncement",
  "governmentBenefitsInfo" : {
    "@type": "GovernmentService",
    "audience": {
        "@type": "Audience",
        "name": "Small businesses"
     }
  }
}
governmentBenefitsInfo.audience.name

Text

The name of the audience that is eligible to receive the government benefits. For example, if the government benefits apply to small businesses:

{
  "@context": "https://schema.org",
  "@type": "SpecialAnnouncement",
  "governmentBenefitsInfo" : {
    "@type": "GovernmentService",
    "audience": {
        "@type": "Audience",
        "name": "Small businesses"
     }
  }
}
governmentBenefitsInfo.name

Text

The name of the government benefits. For example: "Paycheck Protection Program"

governmentBenefitsInfo.provider

GovernmentOrganization

The government organization that is providing the benefits. For example:

{
  "@context": "https://schema.org",
  "@type": "SpecialAnnouncement",
  "governmentBenefitsInfo" : {
    "@type": "GovernmentService",
    "provider": {
        "@type": "GovernmentOrganization",
        "name": "US Small Business Administration"
     }
  }
}
governmentBenefitsInfo.provider.name

Text

The name of the government organization that is providing the benefits. For example:

{
  "@context": "https://schema.org",
  "@type": "SpecialAnnouncement",
  "governmentBenefitsInfo" : {
    "@type": "GovernmentService",
    "provider": {
        "@type": "GovernmentOrganization",
        "name": "US Small Business Administration"
     }
  }
}
governmentBenefitsInfo.serviceType

GovernmentBenefitsType

The type of government benefits that support the COVID-19 situation. Use one of the following enums:

governmentBenefitsInfo.url

URL

The URL to more information about the government benefits.

newsUpdatesAndGuidelines

URL or WebContent

A page with news updates and guidelines in the context of COVID-19, if applicable to the announcement. This could be (but is not required to be) the main page containing SpecialAnnouncement markup on a site.

publicTransportClosuresInfo

URL or WebContent

Information about public transport closures in the context of COVID-19, if applicable to the announcement.

quarantineGuidelines

URL or WebContent

Guidelines about quarantine rules in the context of COVID-19, if applicable to the announcement.

schoolClosuresInfo

URL or WebContent

Information about school closures in the context of COVID-19, if applicable to the announcement.

spatialCoverage

Place

The geographic region that is the focus of the special announcement, if applicable. For example, the announcement may be about a shelter-in-place that affects multiple regions. If the announcement affects both a region and a specific location (for example, a library closure that serves an entire region), use both spatialCoverage and announcementLocation.

text

Text

The textual summary of the COVID-19 announcement. The text may contain HTML content such as links and lists. Valid HTML tags include: <h1> through <h6>, <br>, <ol>, <ul>, <li>, <a>, <p>, <div>, <b>, <strong>, <i>, and <em>.

For example: "Stanford Health Care’s same-day primary care program is offering drive-through testing, by appointment, for SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19."

travelBans

URL or WebContent

Information about travel bans in the context of COVID-19, if applicable to the announcement.

Help and support

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Monitor rich results with Search Console

Search Console is a tool that helps you monitor how your pages perform in Google Search. You don't have to sign up for Search Console to be included in Google Search results, but it can help you understand and improve how Google sees your site. We recommend checking Search Console in the following cases:

  1. After deploying structured data for the first time
  2. After releasing new templates or updating your code
  3. Analyzing traffic periodically

After deploying structured data for the first time

After Google has indexed your pages, look for issues using the relevant Rich result status report. Ideally you should see an increase of valid pages, and no increase in errors or warnings. If you find issues in your structured data:

  1. Fix the errors.
  2. Inspect a live URL to check if the issue persists.
  3. Request validation using the status report.

After releasing new templates or updating your code

When you make significant changes to your website, monitor for increases in structured data errors and warnings.
  • If you see an increase in errors, perhaps you rolled out a new template that doesn't work, or your site interacts with the existing template in a new and bad way.
  • If you see a decrease in valid items (not matched by an increase in errors), perhaps you are no longer embedding structured data in your pages. Use the URL Inspection tool to learn what is causing the issue.

Analyzing traffic periodically

Analyze your Google Search traffic using the Performance Report. The data will show you how often your page appears as a rich result in Search, how often users click on it and what is the average position you appear on search results. You can also automatically pull these results with the Search Console API.

Troubleshooting

If you're having trouble implementing structured data, here are some resources that may help you.