Which Schema Markup Should You Use for Ecommerce?

Which Schema Markup Should You Use for Ecommerce?

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Schema markup is now a necessity for ecommerce product rankings. With the amazing level of competition on Google, you want to do anything you can to differentiate yourself.

There are several different schemas that you should use for ecommerce sites.

Ecommerce Product Schema

Search results including product schema are more effective.

Take a look at the above search results. These are the Top 3 results for [65” 4k tv]. The first two are product listings with product schema: ratings, reviews, prices, etc. all included in the results listing. The third result is a “Best Of” list from a popular tech website. As a retailer, if your 65” 4k TV doesn’t have schema markup, it’s not going to stand up against these Best Buy listings.

There are several benefits to using rich snippets. Your listings stand out, provide the information someone is looking for before they even click through, and that will increase the CTRs for your listings, which brings you more traffic.

Econsultancy reported the following stats:

  • 61% of consumers read reviews before making a purchasing decision
  • 63% of customers are more likely to make a purchase from a site that has user reviews
  • Reviews produce an average 18% uplift in sales

You’ll want to include all of the product markup that is relevant for your products, including:

  • Aggregated rating
  • Availability
  • Awards
  • Brand
  • Category
  • Color
  • Description
  • GTIN (UPC Code) and/or Serial Number and/or MPN
  • Height, width, depth, weight
  • Image
  • Item Condition (new/used)
  • Manufacturer
  • Product Model
  • Date (for example, the year of a vehicle)
  • Reviews

It’s important to note that schema markup isn’t necessarily going to increase your product rankings, but it will make them stand out which can get you the click-through that’s necessary for the sale.

You (or your development team) can add schema rich snippets to your website template directly that can fill in the data across the site. Alternately, you can use tools like Google’s Structured Data Markup Helper to generate the code on a product by product basis. 

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Business Info Schema

It’s not just your product listings that will benefit from schema markup, you can use the company info markup to improve local visibility as well. Mark up your contact information to make sure that your potential visitors are finding the info they need when they want it.

Some Schema Markup for Places include:

  • Address
  • Aggregated Ratings (your overall business ratings)
  • Area Served
  • Branch
  • Contained In Place (for example, if your store is contained in a mall)
  • Email
  • Geo Location Number
  • Map URL
  • Business Logo
  • Opening Hours
  • Photo of the Business
  • Telephone number
  • Business Name
  • Alternate Name
  • Description
  • Area Served 

How Can I Tell If My Site Has Schema Markup?

It’s easy to see if your schema implementation worked. Google has a handy Structured Data Testing Tool that lets you check any URL to see if they’ve detected the structured snippets on the page.   

An example of Google's Structured Data Testing Tool

AdWords Extensions

Adwords has numerous rich snippet ad extensions that can make your product ads stand out from the crowd and drive both online and offline sales. While product schema generally won’t improve your organic listings, your adwords extensions and markup will improve your Ad Rank which can give you better ad position for a lower CPC.

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About Author

David Ward
David Ward

Dave is the CEO + Founder of Meticulosity and a serial entrepreneur who has spent his 20+ year professional career as an agency owner in digital marketing and web development space.

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