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How to Exclude Structured Data on certain Posts

Of course you can exclude Structured Data on certain posts (pages and custom post types), too. It’s super easy (see down below). However I would not recommend to use this functionality very often as it messes up your ruleset-metabox and therefore it quickly gets very complicated.

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Server maintenance in May

Our webhosting provider notified me about a scheduled maintenance of the server rich-snippets.io is running on. Therefore it might be that our website is not reachable for 60 minutes between Monday May 6, 2019 11pm and Tuesday May 7, 2019 5am (CEST timezone).

It can be that SNIP will not be able to retrieve any data from the API that is on this server. Please wait for 60 minutes in order to continue your work with Structured Data.

Sorry for the inconvenience caused by this.

How to use stamped.io ratings in Structured Data with SNIP

A customer asked how he can use stamped.io review ratings for an AggregateRating for his WooCommerce products. Here is how it works:


As far as I know you need to use stamped.io’s WordPress Plugin. It fetches all the ratings from their API and buffers it into the WordPress post meta database table. SNIP can access this data.

First of all you need to follow the example on how to work with custom fields. The configuration of the AggregateRating schema is a little different.

You can use the following values:

  • ratingValue: Post meta field “stamped_io_product_reviews_new->rating”
  • bestRating: Direct Text Input “5”
  • reviewCount: Post meta field “stamped_io_product_reviews_new->count”
  • worstRating: Direct Text Input “1”

That’s it! Have fun! 😉

What does “predefined” mean?

A predefined Global Snippet is a snippet that has been installed by the plugin when you first activate it. More or less that are example- (or demo-) snippets you can work with.

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How to use Loops to iterate over items

In version 2.8.0 of SNIP a long awaited feature came into the plugin. The feature is called “loop” and allows you to define a property to use a loop that it runs through. Here is how this works:

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Errors and warnings on Googles Structured Data Test Tool. What should I do?

It seem that currently no single week passes by where Google does not change something on the Structured Data algorithm. More and more users a writing to me because they get errors and/or warnings on the Structured Data Test Tool or in the Search Console. This blogpost exists to clarify the difference of both.

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What’s new in version 2.7?

Today I released version 2.7. In this version I mainly wanted to make the experience of using SNIP as smooth as possible. So I focused on the onboarding process a lot. But the update fixed some issues as well. Read more in this post.

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Google wants to see the url and priceValidUntil

A few days ago some customers reported that Google now wants to see the url as well as the priceValidUntil properties for all Offers. Here is how you can deal with this.

Here are the exact warnings that Googles Structured Data Test Tools shows:

  • The priceValidUntil field is recommended. Please provide a value if available.
  • The url field is recommended. Please provide a value if available.
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What’s new in version 2.6?

Another month went by and I’ve worked very hard to ship the next version. This was particular difficult for me because I haven’t got a lot of time to work on the code itself.

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How to generate a BreadcrumbList Schema

A breadcrumb trail on a page indicates the page’s position in the site hierarchy. A user can navigate all the way up in the site hierarchy, one level at a time, by starting from the last breadcrumb in the breadcrumb list.

Google uses the BreadcrumbList Schema-Type to show it in search results. You can read more about that on Googles Reference Page. In this post I’ll show you how to generate a BreadcrumbList with SNIP – The Rich Snippets and Structured Data Plugin for WordPress.

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Should I fix the error on logo.height?

A few customers recently reported that they’re getting errors for the Article snippet. Specifically on the ImageObject for the Organization sub-snippet. This is what I think Google is doing and how to fix it.

The Rich Snippets Test Tool shows that the logo.height is now an invalid property.
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How to deactivate JSON+LD schema output of “The Events Calendar” plugin

Google and other search engines are working heavily on schema.org integration. In the past, a lot of theme and plugin authors have integrated schema.org in their plugins but could not keep up with the speed of changes. So what I see happens a lot is that plugin and theme authors do not update their code accordingly. This is the case with the The Events Calendar plugin, too. It is missing some fields search engines want to see.

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Why you should not markup reviews from Yelp, Google Maps and others.

Search Engine Land reported last month that it’s okay to post reviews from other sites (like Yelp, Google Maps, etc.) on your website. However you should not mark them up with schema.org structured data as this is against Googles guidelines. The reason is that the markup is reserved for reviews “directly produced by your site” and not copied from other sites.

So please keep that in mind when adding structured data to your reviews.

How does the licensing work?

I’m a seller on Envato Market (CodeCanyon) so I’m bound to their license system. If you want to read more about their licensing, please go and read the information about the Standard License. They even have a FAQ page that should answer most of your questions as well.

The questions that I get most often are the following ones:

Do I need a a license for every single domain?

The short answer is yes. Even the extended license does not allow you to use it on multiple domains. As far as I know, Envato has no plans to changes this in the future.

Do I need multiple licenses if I’m on a multisite?

  • Yes, you need multiple licenses if every site on your multisite has its own domain name.
  • No, you don’t need multiple licenses if you’re using subfolders or subdomains for the multisites.

Version 2.4 has landed!

Hey there. Finally, version 2.4.0 has arrived! Yey!

New filters for developers

The most important change is that developers now have the option to use the following filters to add custom JSON+LD data to each snippet:

  • wpbuddy/rich_snippets/rich_snippet/json+ld
  • wpbuddy/rich_snippets/rich_snippet/json+ld/value
  • wpbuddy/rich_snippets/rich_snippet/json+ld/value/{key}

With this, Global Snippets now have a new field that allows you to add value to the @id-value of the snippet.

Gutenberg

Another important milestone is that the plugin is officially compatible with Gutenberg (the new block editor that is coming with WordPress 5.0).

Other bugfixes

Several bugs have been fixed. For example it was not possible to properly select a single post or page from within the position metabox. This now works as it should be.

It was also not possible to rate feature requests. I’ve fixed this now as well.

Is the plugin up-to-date?

A question that I get asked from to time to time is if the plugin gets updated regularly. The answer is yes! The plugin exists since 2011 and it seems that it’s not going anywhere soon! 😉

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Is the plugin multisite-friendly?

Kind of. If you activate the plugin network-wide you have to setup each site separately. There is no “global schema page” that are included on all network-sites at once.