Rich Snippets – getting your listing noticed! What are they? They are a LOT of things. The most common one that you’ll see is the little image next to your Google SERP listing – if you’ve already done it. Snippets are the thing to get YOUR SERP listing noticed from the crowd.
On the downside, recent rumors are making the rounds that Google may start pushing them to the back burner going forward. Like a lot of things, once people understand how to use (and exploit) them, they’re no longer as useful to Google to determine worthiness of a website.
We’re personally seeing noticeably fewer images lately appearing next to SERP listings than we did a few months ago. The smiling faces next to some results have often brought increased attention to those entries – even if they WERE at the bottom of a page, but with minimizing returns on this… Who knows. Jill Kocher shows a few things on a page that can really bump up the focus on YOUR SERP item!
Our opinion? Like your dry cleaner – no ticky – no laundry. They may appear for your listing or they may not.Those rich snippets will never appear if you don’t take a few minutes to set them up to begin with!
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Jill Kocher is a seasoned SEO professional and all-around technogeek. By day, she manages Resource Interactive’s SEO practice here in Chicago and serves as contributing editor at Practical eCommerce.