Monday, November 27, 2023
Today we’re announcing support for profile page
and discussion forum
structured data for use in Google Search, including new reports in Search Console. This markup
works with Google Search features that are designed to show first-person perspectives from social
media platforms, forums, and other communities. Implementing this structured data will help
ensure what Search shows in these features is as accurate and complete as possible.
Highlighting creator information and identifying forum content
markup is designed for any site where creators (either people or organizations) share
first-hand perspectives. It allows Google Search to better identify information about the creator,
such as their name or social handle, profile photo, follower count, or the popularity of their
content. Our Perspectives
and Discussions and forums
features both make use of
is designed for any forum-style site where people collectively share first-hand perspectives. It
allows Google Search to better identify forum sites and online discussions across the web. Forums
with this markup are considered for having their content appear in the Perspective and “Discussions
and forums” features. However, the use of the markup does not guarantee appearance.
Q&A markup vs. forum markup
If you’re already using Q&A markup for your question and answer themed user forum, we are also
updating the Q&A structured data documentation
to be more in line with the richness of the new discussion forum guidelines.
You don’t need to use both types of structured data on the same page; instead, we recommend that
you use the one that’s best suited to your use case:
- Q&A forums: If your forum is structured by a question that’s followed by
answers, use Q&A markup.
- For general forums: If your forum structure is more general and isn’t strictly question
and answer content, use
Verifying and monitoring your structured data with Search Console
To help you monitor discussion threads and profile page markup issues, we’re launching profile
page and discussion forum rich result reports in Search Console
that show errors, warnings, and valid items related to your marked-up pages. We’re also providing
support for both features in the Rich Results Test to help you test and validate your markup.