Rich snippets can help you increase your organic CTR by making your content stand out in the SERPs.
Do you want to know how?
This short guide will discuss what they are, their importance, and how to get them.
What Are Rich Snippets?
Rich snippets are pieces of information that appear in the search results to give users more details about your site.
They include additional data that is extracted from the structured markup in your HTML.
For example, you can display your site’s title, description, price, rating, and more.
Why Are Rich Snippets Important?
Rich snippets are important because they help you stand out in the search results and improve your organic click-through rate.
Studies have shown that they can increase it by up to 30%.
A higher CTR means more traffic to your site, which can lead to more potential customers and conversions.
Take the most of search result listings. They contain:
As you can see in this image, it’s hard to stand out from tons of other results that look just like yours.
The most common things you can use are the title and meta description to catch the user’s attention.
But with rich snippets, you can power up your listing adding eye-catching details that will make your content stand out.
Take a look at this SERP:
As you can see, the first result looks much more visible than the other two.
It’s because it’s showing a rich snippet, with sitelinks and stars rating.
And with so many details, you can entice users to click on your links!
When Do Rich Snippets Show Up?
Well, they are not guaranteed to show up for every query.
They will only appear if the searcher’s keywords are relevant to your content.
For example, if you have properly set up the structured data for a product, it will only appear when someone searches for that product or something related to it.
Of course, you want that to be correctly set up on your site.
So, how can you check it?
You can test the structured data using the Google tool.
Just enter an URL and it will show if any rich snippets are appearing on that page.
You can also read the status report, to find out how to solve any problems with structured data on your site.
Then, you may want to test your content using the validator tool of Schema.org:
What’s The Difference Between Rich Snippets And Rich Results?
Rich snippets are extra pieces of information that appear in the SERPs (different than traditional listings).
Rich results are enhanced results that may appear, for instance, as Knowledge Graph, Google Images, and Google Maps.
As explained by Google:
Rich results are experiences on Google surfaces, such as Search, that go beyond the standard blue link. Rich results can include carousels, images, or other non-textual elements.
For example, when you search for a movie on Google, you might see rich results for that movie which include the ratings, cast, plot, and more.
To complete the concepts, SERP features include all those results that are not the organic traditional ones.
The most common example is the featured snippets.
How to Get Rich Snippets?
To increase the chance to earn them, just follow these three simple steps:
Let’s take a look at each of these steps in more detail.
Choose Your Rich Snippet Type
There are different types, so you need to choose which one is right for your content.
Some of the most common types are the following.
Use this markup to give search engine information about your product, such as images and prices.
With this schema markup, you can add to your videos the description, thumbnail URL, upload date, and duration.
Use this particular kind of structured data to display additional information on your search result, including the time needed to prepare the dish, pictures, and reviews.
Use this markup to show off information about your business, such as the logo, team information, and address.
And there are many others.
You can check all the markup options available for your content here:
Once you’ve chosen the markup type that’s right for your content, you can move on to implementing structured data.
Implement Structured Data
Structured data is a code you may add to your website to help search engines understand your content.
It’s what tells Google that your page is about a product, recipe, event, or review.
There are many different types of structured data, but the most common one is schema.org.
Think of it like a vocabulary that you can use to mark up your content in a way that Google understands.
You can learn more about schema.org and how to implement it on your website here.
Once you’ve added the structured data to your page, the next step is to validate the markup.
Validate The Markup
You can validate the markup using Google’s tool for rich results.
Just enter your URL and Google will show you if your content is properly set up.
If they’re not, you can use the tool to find and fix any errors in your code:
Follow the instructions given to fix the code on your site.
Rich Snippets Plugins for WordPress
If coding is not for you, don’t worry.
There are some great WordPress plugins that you can use to easily add structured data to your pages and posts.
Some of the most popular ones are:
Just install any of them and you will be ready to earn more visibility!
My Experience With Rich Snippets
Based on my experience, you should rank on the first page of Google results to get more chances of earning rich snippets.
That’s what I’ve been seeing for my content, so far.
For example, my SEO without link-building article looks like this and it’s currently in the first position:
My bucket brigades post has also earned sitelinks in search results, and it is currently in the top three:
I use the Yoast plugin to automatically display structured data on my content.
If you want to change something, just look at the “Schema” tab, under each page or post, in WordPress:
You can just leave the default options if you have a blog and you are just publishing articles.
Rich Snippets FAQs
Q: How long does it take for rich snippets to appear?
A: It can take up to a few days for them to appear in the search results.
Q: What are some rich snippet examples?
A: Some of the most common ones are products, videos, recipes, and organizations.
Q: Are rich snippets worth it?
A: Yes! They can help you stand out in the search results and give your content more visibility. They also make your pages look more attractive and inviting to click on.
Q: What is the difference between rich snippets and SERP features?
A: Rich snippets are the pieces of structured data that you add to your website, while SERP features are all those results that are not organic traditional ones. The most common example is the featured snippet.
Q: Rich snippets not showing in search results. Why?
A: There could be a few reasons why they might not appear in the search results. It’s possible that you have implemented them incorrectly or that your content is not eligible. Another issue could be that Google has yet to crawl your website and pick up the data. It is also possible that you have been penalized by some Google algorithm updates. You can check your website’s health to determine if any issues need to be addressed.
Q: What does the rich snippets test do?
A: It’s a test by Google that examines the structured data of your web pages and checks if it is correctly implemented. It also shows you which parts are missing or need to be changed to get the desired result.
Q: Does my website need rich snippets?
A: While rich snippets are not essential for all websites, they are a great way to enhance the user experience and make your content more visible in the search results. If you want your website to stand out, adding structured data is something that you should consider.
Before You Go
Thanks for reading so far.
At this time, you should have learned how rich snippets can be a powerful way to improve your SEO.
There are other things you can do to increase your organic CTR.
Be sure to read these guides to learn how:
Now, it’s over to you.
Do you have any questions?
Let me know in the comments below!