Drive value by enabling schemas and FAQs across your digital properties
Schemas, FAQs, and entity search optimization strategies can significantly improve content visibility and enhance SEO by deploying techniques that enhance website content. They can drive the methodology behind marking up content or using automation and tools to efficiently scale initiatives for enterprise-class websites and successfully tracking KPIs to report to key stakeholders.
We see two major opportunities in this space:
- Understand and implement schema markup to tag your content and make it insightful for businesses to drive higher SERP visibility, impressions, and clicks
- Develop and deploy engaging FAQs around your content to improve the context, relevancy, and speed to answer your users most pressing questions
Google is trying to improve the user experience by surfacing more relevancy into their search results by understanding intent and removing ambiguity in the content they discover – which is as important. We are seeing two major trends driving content visibility and customer acquisition
Schemas and making your content better understood by search engines
We have found that structured data markup enables search engines to understand website content and entity optimization helps build and create knowledge graphs using schemas & entity attributes
Typically, brands are unable to scale schema implementation and face the following challenges of deploying Schemas
- Complexity of entity search algorithm and architecture optimization
- Schema.org and Google often revise the schema attributes leading to errors. Search engines ignore pages with errors
- Significant website IT resources and technical knowhow needed during the deployment and for ongoing maintenance
- Ability to demonstrate and report on impact
The main reason for failure of schema projects is because the deployment is murky and is not set up to solve the challenges described above. Nonetheless the right way to scale schema projects is to deploy schemas with a nested architecture. The taxonomy of schema architecture
- Apply nested entity architecture for maximum impact
Know which schema types and which attributes to include Applying the right schema and attributes to the content on right pages
- Error-Free advanced schemas are key to winning
Here is an example of a nested schema architecture in a retail industry use case the schema nested architecture captures the whole hierarchy of deploying schemas from website schema tagging to organization, local business, store level schema tags, tagging SKUs and then overlaying ratings and pricing schemas. As you can see, the nested architecture really makes it easy for Google to understand what this business is all about.
Another challenge that we often encounter is around ongoing schema management and monitoring for errors
- Measure the available opportunities
by optimizing schema vocabulary and website content changes that can enhance the overall content visibility.
- Monitor schema.org for new schema types and find new schema types that can be added to your content in a nested structure.
- Error check & proactive monitoring
your schemas on a weekly basis by auditing the deployed schema.
- Use tools like Schema scorecard
to stay on top of schema health.
While schema management can be done via a tag manager or manually, Milestone has made it easy by creating a schema cloud implementation process using Schema Manager Platform
The benefit of the schema platform is that it helps in maintaining error-free schemas, which is particularly challenging – errors come up every few weeks as you keep making changes to your website with frequent updates. We recommend the following approach:
- Errors can happen due to changes in Google guidelines, schema attributes, technical issues, etc.
- Extensive R&D and trial and error testing can be necessary to correct errors as there are no published guidelines on schemas.
- We recommend that you identify errors in Schema that block search engines from understanding your content. Schema warnings present opportunities to enhance the search engine’s understanding of your on-page entities. Test your schema health for free
Case study for a retail chain
After initial deployment of schemas, the site experienced some broken product schema and breadcrumbs error caused a drop of 35% in impressions and clicks
Lastly, monitoring core KPIs
- Total visibility across rich results
- Per page visibility
Scaling FAQ content
to capture the SERP real estate
Customers seek answers in search engines, on your website, and from their network, and you want to be the source of those answers to maintain engagement across the journey. Investing in answers will pay off attractively but doing so successfully means you have to understand what they are asking and their intent. Search results page elements to prioritize website content and asset type
Research shows that relevant answers and FAQs do that better than any other SERP construct or element, so they drive the highest CTR of all types. By aggregating the CTR of a large set of keywords across the top 15 positions, we can measure the total click potential. Your audience is asking questions across multiple touchpoints and locations
- 42% better CTR in mobile devices
- 70% more likely to show up in People Also Ask
- FAQs with schemas achieve an average of 5.5 position better rank
- 11.5% increase in impressions
Further multiple locations and channels make tracking and responding to FAQs a challenge
- FAQ powered search traffic
- Rich results visibility
- Featured snippets visibility
- Voice search queries
- Answer/response rate
Milestone FAQ Manager lets businesses manage questions spread across multiple locations, channels, and devices. With Milestone FAQ Manager, businesses can curate questions and provide consistent and correct answers in a matter of seconds. In a single click, publish your master questions and responses across up to thousands of locations.
Putting it all together, in this case study, you notice the powerful combination of FAQ content and schemas for a B2B technology company, here the net effect captured long tail search queries, provided answers to users and cross-linked the content across pages to drive increases in non-branded queries and branded queries.
Superior quality content is king! FAQs that enhance your customer experience are superior quality content. Schemas help search engines discover and understand your content. Deploying advanced schemas and maintaining them error-free helps communicate more in-depth information about your content
How do you track the results of FAQs in your search results?
Users can track the results by checking FAQ powered search traffic, Rich results visibility, featured snippets visibility, Voice search queries, and answer/response rate.
How do I track the schema visibility?
You can track impressions, clicks, total visibility across rich results, and page visibility by using the schema platform.
How can I check my website schema health?
We recommend you identify errors in Schema that block search engines from understanding your content. Schema warnings present opportunities to enhance the search engine’s understanding of your on-page entities. Test your schema health for free.
Can you give me an example of nested schema architecture?
Nested schema architecture for a retail industry customer will look like a hierarchy of schemas from website schema tagging to organization, local business, store level schema tags, tagging SKUs and then overlaying ratings and pricing schemas. The nested architecture really makes it easy for google to understand what this business is all about.
How can I monitor schema errors after deploying them?
We recommend that you optimize schema vocabulary and website content changes and update your website with the latest schema configuration from Schema.org and Google rich result eligibility guidelines. Moreover monitor schema.org for new schema types and error check by weekly auditing of deployed schema for any potential issues
Helpful links and resources:
- Schema Validator – https://schemavalidator.milestoneinternet.com/
- FAQ Schemas and FAQ Rich Results Correlate with Increased Organic Rank – Read More
- Learn about Schema Vocabulary at https://schema.org/
Author: Anil Aggarwal
Anil Aggarwal is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry. Skilled in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), E-commerce, Entrepreneurship, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Strategic Partnerships.