TLDR: Schema Mark Up is Important
In February I was asked by a client to audit a site who felt, whilst established in its competitive niche with good page one rankings across key terms, that there was scope of more traffic and wanted to know if the overall health of the site was as good as it could be.
The initial audit gave an organic performance score of 64%, with great potential for schema mark up, which only scored 45%:
There were opportunities in other areas too such as crawl rate optimisation, though the “quickest win” and highest priority was deemed to be the issues and opportunities identified with the existing schema implementation.
The opportunities and issue were:
- Organisation / LocalBusiness to populate the knowledge box associated with brand searches
- The site uses breadcrumbs for navigation but didn’t apply schema – from previous experience, we know that optimising breadcrumb schema can have a positive impact on click through rate
- Product and Offer schema was in place across product pages, but were missing the required attribute “name”. In addition to this, products on category pages had schema implemented also, and whilst the site has 18k products, because of this 153k products were detected – the use of product schema on category pages goes against best practice:
The developer then added the recommended schema and fixed the product issue – and we saw a fairly quick turnaround in performance:
This was first picked on March 5th, and spiked on March 12th:
The same occurs with the localBusiness data (although this only really needs to go on the home page which will be addressed moving forward):
Whilst the removal of invalid product schema was processed at the same time:
The Impact on Organic Visibility
On March 11th, we started to see an increase in visibility and CTR:
If we compare March 11th-May 2nd with the same time period previously, we see:
- An increase in average position
- An increase in Click Through Rate
- An increase in impressions
- An increase in clicks
This impact can be seen across most pages on the site, suggesting a high number of pages and their associated keywords/rankings have benefitted from this:
There will be other factors at play here – for example, this niche is one which has benefited from lock down and an increase in demand for its products as seen on a key term via Google Trends:
The increase in average position and CTR would suggest that these changes were made just at the right time – and to see the processing of schema in GSC tie in with an increase in visibility would suggest there are great benefits to be had from applying schema to your site, particularly if it already performs well.
Schema Mark Up is Important. Optimising and enhancing your site’s snippets can lead to an increase in CTR and in turn, average position, impressions and clicks.