Published on September 12, 2012
Structured Dataand Semantic SEOMatthew BrownSEMPDX Sept 2012 Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdhancock/
Matthew Brown Slideshare: MatthewBrownPDX Twitter: @MatthewJBrown firstname.lastname@example.org://www.portlandground.com/archives/2003/05/steel_bridge_an.php
Semantic Search Engine Optimization (Semantic SEO) is theuse of techniques from the Semantic Web technology stackfor:1.sending detailed information about the meaning of yourpage content to search engines and other data consumers,2. in a way that can be easily processed by computers. Good definition of Semantic SEO: http://bit.ly/kUW0fJ
Structured Data = Data organized by a markup language and avocabulary. Can be organized and searched by machines.Linked Data = Publishing structured data so it can be accessedat a URISemantic Web = The web of globally accessible, interlinkeddata entitiesRDF = Resource Definition Framework. This is a data modelthat establishes entity relationships using ‘triples’ Other notable parts of the ‘Semantic Web Technology Stack’
http://www.seoskeptic.com/seo-semantic-web/ Great overview of the Semantic Web hereExample of RDF triples describing entities. This is how semantic web data is defined.
Schema: A specific vocabularySo what’s schema.org? Microdata? RDFa? Good primer here: http://www.seomoz.org/blog/schema-examples
Choose your weapon. Which language and vocabulary fits your situation?
There are many languages and vocabularies for structured data. Schema is just one.
Current Status of “semantic SEO”: Google, Bing, Facebook @MatthewJbrown
OUCH!Google is doing more displacing of organic results. Deal with it: mark up your data
Rich snippets are everywhere now, even spammy ones
There are more options everyday to increase SERP real estate
Rich Snippets can take up 30 days or more. Don’t panic. Study at: http://bit.ly/P6pF4n
Track CTR changes for keywords that get rich snippets to measure ROI
Google Knowledge Graph
Look for what markup gets into Knowledge Graph
Knowledge Graph Carousel (for ‘multiple’ searches like albums)
There are multiple sources in the carousels as well
Markup type: (Keep a running spreadsheet)
Google Plus Knowledge Graph – Great article at http://bit.ly/PrA7Sy
Just about every ‘entity’ under the sun is in Facebook’s graph
Straight from Facebook at TC Disrupt: http://tcrn.ch/OolpA4
Open Graph: Huge graph of semantic data. HUGE.
Guardian’s FB traffic eclipsed Google traffic at one point: http://bit.ly/GFo3sg
http://developers.facebook.com/docs/opengraphprotocol/Wonder why services like Socialcam and Viddy suddenly exploded?
Open Graph SchemaProtip: Use Open Graph Markup in addition to schema, etc.
Using OG can control how your snippets, images, anddescription appears in Facebook and other networks
Webmaster Tools now provides basic structured data stats
Facebook Object Debugger:http://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug
Mat Clayton (CTO of Mixcloud) on Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/matclayton
Schema Creator from Raven: http://schema-creator.org/
Local Business Microdata Generator: http://microdatagenerator.org/
Wordpress Schema plugin fromRaven:http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/schema-creator/
Drupal has functionality to consume and publish RDF data. Guide to getting up and running at: http://semantic-drupal.com/
Rich Snippets Bookmarklet: http://www.blindfiveyearold.com/rich- snippets-testing-tool-bookmarklet
Bing Webmaster Tools Markup Validator
http://linter.structured-data.org – Industrial Strength Structured Data Display
Sindice.com – Semantic web search engine. Good way to see what
Linked Data tools for content marketing@MatthewJbrown
Point Blank SEO’s guide to data visualizations: http://pointblankseo.com/visualizations
http://richard.cyganiak.de/2007/10/lod/lod-datasets_2011-09-19_colored.html - Linking Open Data Cloud
Linked Data datasets – current best source:http://www.w3.org/wiki/TaskForces/CommunityProjects/LinkingOpenData/DataSets
Dbpedia is Wikipedia in Linked Data specification. Outputs are JSON/XML/RDF.
PoolParty has a Wordpress plugin to import Linked Data as tooltips:http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/poolparty-thesaurus/screenshots/
LODSPeaKr – Simple Publishing Kit for Linked Data - http://alangrafu.github.com/lodspeakr/
Raven has an excellent schema.org guide here:http://raventools.com/blog/an-seos-guide-to-schema-org/
Good Relations has several great Q+A sites and a FAQ: http://wiki.goodrelations-vocabulary.org/FFAQ
Great primer to RDFa in HTML5 and Linked Data:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuAaa6lZxAUhttp://justinbriggs.org/entity-search-results-the-on-going-evolution-of-search Learn what entities are.
Reading Listhttp://learnlinkeddata.com/articles Linked Data Primer – Start Herehttp://semanticweb.com/introduction-to-rdf_b17953 - Dead simple intro to RDF andassociated vocabularies and tools. SemanticWeb.com rules.http://www.w3.org/2011/Talks/0607-SemTech-RDFa-IH/Talk.pdfGreat intro to RDFa and highlights Best Buy, Overstock, Examiner.comhttp://www.ibm.com/developerworks/library/x-disprdf/index.htmlIBM Developer Works tutorial on how to combine datahttp://searchnewscentral.com/20110207129/Technical/rdfa-the-inside-story-from-best-buy.htmlInterview with Jay Myers, Lead Development Engineer for Best Buy There’s a ton of resources on the web to get you started
Semantic SEO Follow ListFolks who have some SEO/Semantic Web crossover:Aaron Bradley - @aaranged – Hands down the best curator of semantichappenings on the SEO side. When he blogs athttp://www.seoskeptic.com it’s not to be missed.Jeff Preston - @JeffreyPreston – Lead SEO at Disney Corp. Happens tobe speaking at the Semantic Web 2012 conferenceSean Golliher - @SeanGolliher – Publisher of SEMJ – writes occasionallyfor http://www.semanticweb.comJay Myers - @jaymyers – Best Buy lead dev and RDFa proponent. He’sthe man responsible for Best Buy’s 30% CTR increase with rich snippets.Dan Brickley - @DanBri – Schema.org outreach for Google, works onproposed Schema.org specs People who have both search and semantic backgrounds
Semantic Tech ProsSemantic Tech Folks who are very smart and say things I don’t get:Martin Hepp- @MFHepp– Heads up Good Relations, which is the mostextensive vocabulary for e-commerce dataManu Sporny - @ManuSporny – Leader of the W3C working group forRDF. The man leading the charge for the RDF spec.Lin Clark - @LinClark – Works on the linked data/RDF integration forDrupal. Codes neat linked data things for Drupal.Gregg Kellogg - @Gkellogg – Semantic Web Developer of all trades.Wrote the Structured Data Linter.Aaron Bradley’s gigantic Semantic Twitter Group:https://twitter.com/#!/SemanticWeb/semanticweb100 - Like tappinginto the Matrix of semantic tech information. People building semantic tech tools and standards
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