Structured Data and The Hair Metal Edition

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Published on March 5, 2014

Author: MatthewBrownPDX



The latest on and structured data for search marketing. From the Add3 SEO Meetup

Structured Data – The 80s Hair Metal Edition Matthew J. Brown - Moz - @MatthewJBrown

Remember REO Speedwagon?

Remember 10 blue links?


So now we’ve got SERPs that ROCKKKK

Structured data allows big sites to buy ‘beachfront property’

And also allows smaller players to snatch up real estate

Almost 75% of the Top 100 sites in Alexa contain structured data markup Over the Top 1 Million sites in Alexa, that drops to 20% Big sites: Ahead of the game

But the game changes all the time

The (updated) basics, Twitter Cards, Authorship, Open Graph (all of these and more covered by @ipullrank here:

Open Graph Tags

Keep a lookout for new Open Graph actions:

Yandex is using Open Graph create interactive “Islands”

Gmail is supporting ‘Actions in the Inbox’ with

Twitter Cards:

Keep a lookout for new channels using data markup (Pinterest’s Rich Pins:

“If your site has very few pages, or very few pages with marked-up structured data, it may not be picked up by the rich snippets system.” Step 1 - RTFM! Step 2: Prioritize Step 3: Competition Step 4: Validate - Step 5: Keep track of changes to this WMT page: Step 6: The rich snippets Hail Mary:

Let’s get Semantic

Source: SEOSkeptic Deeper Dive on Hummingbird from Aaron Bradley ( and AJ Kohn (

It’s not just about links anymore

Go all in with markup

What did we learn from the 80s?

Sometimes, the party is over

Google is the grunge of search

They’re taking over lots of the good stuff

Way more

Displacing entire verticals

Sometimes without structured data

Have a plan to survive

Our brave new mobile world

Mobile + Desktop BFFs

Plan for mobile/table traffic

Use authorship to maximize domain authority

Put G+ and Author Rank to work

Can I be an “entity in the knowledge graph”? YES.

Email: Twitter: @MatthewJBrown Stryper says THANKS!

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