SEJ at SES San Francisco: SCHEMA: The Silver Bullet Session Recap #SESSF

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SEJ at SES San Francisco: SCHEMA: The Silver Bullet Session Recap #SESSF

SCHEMA: the silver bullet SESSF 2013

The second Owned track session of the day was SCHEMA: The Silver Bulletwith Daniel Schulman, Director of Search Marketing, Donordigital and Kent Yunk, VP of SEO, 3 Q Digital presenting. Moderator Anne Kennedy opened the session with an interesting tidbit, telling us that Duane Forrester, head of Webmaster Tools at Bing, stated that one crawl costs Bing $0.01 to do. This is part of the reason why search engines like Google and Bing worked together to develop SCHEMA, to help webmasters identify proper information to make crawling an easier process.

Authorship

Schulman gave an introduction to Google Authorship, stating that metadata title and description snippets are still crucial, as these are a searcher’s first impression when your site appears in search results.

Schulman emphasized that authorship photos are crucial toward a higher CTR on SERPs. For authorship photos,  he recommends a close crop, with the subject not looking away from the camera. A well-defined face and plain background also makes the photo easier to process.

In-Depth Article Snippets

Schulman also discussed the new in-depth article snippets, which Google just released a few weeks ago. He stated that these results has a larger photo than authorship results, but these snippets show at the bottom of the page and only show for really general terms (e.g. London, rainforest).

More information can be found at schema.org/article.

Metadata Repository

Yunk spoke about the benefits of creating a metadata repository, which is a word or excel document that stores all of my meta data code formats and extensions.  It should be generic, integrated, current, and historical. Yunk stated that the benefits of building a metadata repository for your company or clients include:

  • Reduce [in] errors
  • Process improvement and simplification
  • Provide platform for content iteration
  • Improved workflow

Main Session Takeaways

  • Add as much schema as possible, but Google determines what to display.
  • Schema.org is open toward possible rich snippet category suggestions.
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Kelsey Jones
When she's not editing posts, Kelsey Jones hosts the Marketing Nerds podcast and moderates SEJ Summit conferences and Marketing ThinkTank webinars. She has been in... Read Full Bio
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