DevelopmentGoogle Updates Data Highlighter, Launches Structured Data Markup Helper

Google Updates Data Highlighter, Launches Structured Data Markup Helper

Google has announced two new structured data features. Google has updated the Data Highlighter, which now covers eight types of structured data. Also, the new Structured Data Markup Helper is designed to help guide webmasters with HTML coding.

If you haven’t started using structured data with Google to help your websites yet, Google has introduced some new tools to make it easier for webmasters to provide structured data for their webpages.

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First, Google has updated their Data Highlighter to now cover eight types of structured data, which allows webmasters to easily tag key fields on their sites for the applicable structured data. The tool now includes the following types:

  • Events
  • Products
  • Local businesses
  • Articles
  • Software applications
  • Movies
  • Restaurants
  • TV episodes

To use the tool, you need to login to Webmaster Tools, choose your site and then click “Optimization”, then “Data Highlighter”. It gives you the option to tag a single page or multiple pages, verify the tags, and then “publish” it to Google. The process will take webmasters about 5 minutes for single pages, and 15 minutes of a series of similar pages.

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Second, for advanced webmasters, there is the Structured Data Markup Helper. You can use the helper to embed structured data right onto webpages, as the tool provides microdata annotations you copy into the page’s HTML. You can then use this information to tag similar pages on your site.

You can read a brief overview of these new tools on the Inside Search blog and a more advanced look at the tools on the Google Webmaster Central blog.

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