Updated: Mar 26, 2020
As the internet evolves, it take a bit of work to keep track and stay current with web developments.
Today, when people are searching for information about your business, they are very likely to get details about you from within the search results without ever having to visit your website. Whether you are searching for a boudoir photographer in New Jersey, the upcoming weekend weather, or the top wedding photographers in your area, the answers are often right at your fingertips without having to leave Google.
These days web searchers are clicking on your data, and not necessarily your website.
This article is not intended to be technical-- I'm far from an expert, but rather for people who have been looking for a JSON-LD template to use for their photography business page. As I try to stay current with web trends, I came across structured data and I was eager to make sure I had this implemented in my own website to take advantage of its benefits.
What Is Structured Data?
Schema Markup is a structured data format used by search engines. This markup vocabulary is located on the schema.org website. It was created several years ago by search engine creators as a standard to help them understand content on the web.
For those of us not involved in SEO or programming, this can certainly become tricky waters to navigate. We want to afford our websites with the best opportunity for discovery, but there can be a learning curve.
To make it a bit more confusing, this markup code comes in a few forms, but in this article we are focusing on JSON-LD. Google seems to prefer this version, and even hosts a tool to "check" your sites markup to make sure it is correct.
What does all this do?
Websites and other web content which choose to implement the Schema Markup get to take advantages of its benefits. I guess, in it's essence its a language for search engines to be sure what a web page is about. By providing specific information about your site in this format, it can help your information be displayed in Google search results. It's not a guarantee to help you become the most popular website of your type, but it can assure your information is accurate as displayed across the web. As I mentioned earlier, often now people are getting data directly from search results, so as a photographer you need to be sure this is available.
Google has several categories of this rich data, and offers guidelines for implementing them in your code. You can