Ask the SMXpert: SEO markup and structured data
Looking for insights into newer markup options and advanced structured data? SMXpert Alexis Sanders shares additional pointers to help you refine, update and optimize your content.
The Ask the SMXpert series continues the question and answer (Q&A) segment held during sessions at Search Marketing Expo (SMX) West 2018.
At first glance, using markup and structured data can seem intimidating. There’s a lot of jargon to understand, and even making a small error with punctuation can lead to unintended or even disastrous consequences.
But as Alexis demonstrated at SMX West, succeeding with structured data needn’t cause ulcers, and can even be fun when approached with the right attitude. In this question and answer (Q&A), Alexis offers solid technical advice with straightforward answers and pointers for finding additional resources.
Question: Do you recommend implementing microdata over JSON-LD for e-commerce sites?
Alexis: In terms of Google, no. Either [will] suffice — whatever is easier for your site’s development team to implement.
If Bing is a concern, then I’d opt for microdata. Although there are a few instances of Bing supporting JSON-LD for Recipe and Product markup, it’s still a bit spotty for Product.
Aaron Bradley maintains a community-driven Bing/JSON-LD tracker on GDrive. I recommend checking it out and updating with anything you see!
Bing hasn’t added JSON-LD to their structured data documentation.
Question: How can we do markups for review pages, where content is getting constantly refreshed?
Alexis: There are a few different approaches. Here are two common ones: