In 2011, the Moz blog came out with an article: “Schema markup: why you’re behind if you’re not using it”. Almost three years later, this statement is, in my opinion, truer than ever. While doing some online holiday shopping in the past couple weeks, a single product search on Google brought me results that included 14 examples of schema.org rich snippets (and many included more than one type of rich snippet per result). With the first page of the SERP flooded with these rich snippets, if you’re an ecommerce retailer or online marketer, how do you differentiate your organic search results from your competitors’ in order to get the most traffic?
There are several schema.org markups that can be used specifically for creating rich snippets for ecommerce products. Many can be used with each other or alone. The best way to determine which to utilize to maximize traffic depends on your product and, most importantly, your competitors. Check how your product appears on the SERP by searching for it yourself and comparing your listing against others on the page. Take advantage of markup types that are not widely used by competitors or, more importantly, emphasize a company differentiator like low price or a free shipping offer. Here are five examples of rich snippets to consider: