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Google To Deprecate Some Sitemap Extension Tags

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Google To Deprecate Some Sitemap Extension Tags

Google announced on August 6, 2022 it will no longer support some of the video and image sitemap extension tags. Google said “Upon evaluating the value of the Google sitemap extension tags, we decided to officially deprecate some tags and attributes, and remove them from our documentation.”

This will happen after August 6, 2022 and Google said the “deprecated tags will have no effect on indexing and search features” after that date.

These specifically impact the caption, geo_location, title and license tags or attributes within image sitemaps and category, player_loc[@allow_embed], player_loc[@autoplay], gallery_loc, price[@all] and tvshow[@all] within video sitemaps.

Google may notify sites that are using these tags about this in Google Search Console in the future. Gary Illyes from Google wrote “if you are a sitemap plugin developer or manage your own sitemaps, there’s no immediate action required; you can leave these tags and attributes in place without drawbacks.” “In the future, Search Console may show warnings once these updates are included in the next schema versions of the Image and Video extensions,” Gary Illyes added.

Google is doing this to simplify sitemap extensions, Google said it hopes “you can also reduce complexity of your codebases, and sitemaps will be less cluttered in general.”

Forum discussion at Twitter.

Source: www.seroundtable.com

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New Google Rich Results Guidelines Prevent Prohibited, Regulated Or Harmful Products

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New Google Rich Results Guidelines Prevent Prohibited, Regulated Or Harmful Products

Google Search has added new content guidelines to the rich results help document. These new guidelines directly disallow you to markup product or content that are widely prohibited or regulated, or that can facilitate serious harm to self or others. Google said it will simply not show rich results on such products.

Product examples include firearms & weapons, recreational drugs, tobacco, vaping products, gambling-related products and other products that can pose acute threats of physical harm.

The new guidelines were posted over here and read:

Don’t mark up content that promotes widely prohibited or regulated goods, services, or information that may facilitate serious and/or immediate or long term harm to self or others. This includes content related to firearms & weapons, recreational drugs, tobacco & vaping products and gambling-related products.

This new policy is effective already and I assume you will soon, if not already, not see rich results in Google Search for these types of products. This includes Google not showing star ratings, prices, or availability information and so on.

Google told me “this policy change will align the rich snippets feature with other Search surfaces that display product information from merchants, to help provide consistency and clarity.”

Google will not issue manual actions in Google Search Console for violation of this guidelines, Google will simply will just not show the rich results in Google Search.

Here is a screenshot from Glenn Gabe of it already going missing for sites:

Forum discussion at Twitter.



Source: www.seroundtable.com

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