Working towards the new Setup Wizard

Hóla! <- That’s Spanish. Would you have known? Languages is one of the things that has been on my mind since last week. And the new setup wizard. I already launched part of it (the Global Snippets Setup Wizard) but SNIP is supposed to be even easier. Here’s what’s going on with this.

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WTF, a new competitor?

From time to time I suffer from low sales in a month. I don’t know really why this happens. Sometimes it’s seasonal, sometimes … well I don’t know. Even if you keep an eye on the numbers, you often can’t tell why that is. Because they usually always remain the same. But what if there is a new competitor in town?

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Update of the plugin page

Servus! (That is Bavarian for “hello”.) It’s me again, Florian, the developer of SNIP Structured Data for WordPress plugin. This is the next update about my plugin journey. Wohoo! It’s my second post. I’m doing this be because I’ve read the book “Traffic Secrets” from Russel Bruson and he wrote that it’s a good idea to share my journey with my product.

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What’s next in SNIP? (Dec. 2020)

I grant you that: It was a bit quiet around the plugin over the past year. The reason was the work on other projects, which are now finished. So the development continues at full speed. And these are my plans for SNIP:

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Search hits with ratings reduced by 40%

In mid-September, Google announced changes to the way Rich Snippets are displayed. By tagging websites with structured data, website operators can create more than just the usual snippets of title, text and URL. Now, it seems, the changes are through.

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How to add comments into schemas

Benoit, a developer and very welcoming customer of mine, asked how he can integrate comments into this schemas. Here is an example field type that I’ve coded for him. Feel free to customize it the way you like it.

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First Impressions of the new Setup Wizard

I’ve just sent out an email to all subscribers to inform everyone about the things that are currently going on in my day-to-day job of making SNIP better and better. Of course I also want to keep everyone else up to date with the latest news. That’s why this blog post exists.

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SEO for Job Postings and how to post a Job on Google

Google started its job search some time ago in Germany (and some other countries). This functionality was already available in some English-speaking countries, but it has since been introduced in many other countries, too.

It seems like it’s time for me to write something about what others call “SEO for Job Postings”. This only describes how to post a job on Google. “Post a job” is, however, the wrong word for it as you can read below.

Of course you need structured data again. And in this blog post I explain how this works and how you can integrate it into WordPress. Let’s get started!

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Schema for WooCommerce: The Ultimate Guide

The time has come: nobody can avoid structured data anymore. It’s part of technical SEO. I wrote a lot about it in the past but in this blog post I want to focus on Schema for WooCommerce. Hopefully you can learn a lot about it and you are able to create your own snippets after that. Have fun!

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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.

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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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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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.

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.

Planned maintenance from our Web Hosting Provider

Hey customers! Today our web hosting provider told us that there will be a planned maintenance between July, 09 and July, 10 around 11 pm and 5 am CEST. So it might be that our server will not be available for up to 60 minutes during that time. That means that the Rich Snippets WordPress plugin will maybe not work as expected as it needs to load some data for your snippets from our servers.

Sorry for that inconvenience.

Planned maintenance from our Web Hosting Provider

Hey customers! Today our web hosting provider told us that there will be a planned maintenance between May, 22 and May, 24 around 11 pm and 5 am CEST. So it might be that our server will not be available for about 30 minutes during that time. That means that the Rich Snippets WordPress plugin will maybe not work as expected as it needs to load some data for your snippets from our servers. Sorry for that inconvenience.