Product categories showing as Product Schema in GSC

  • Resolved Lucian

    My product categories are seen as product schema in Google Search Console, even on new crawls, and not using any other schema plugin but Rank Math. Is this Woocommerce related, Rank Math related, or something else. And can’t Rank Math fix this?

    EDIT:

    I’ve shared some with you.

    EDIT 2:

    I’ve added links to see how Google’s structured data tool shows 1) my product category and 2) a product of mine, as well as the product category of a competitor and one of their products. If you look you’ll see they get even more errors than me for the product page, but NO ERRORS on the product category because it’s identified as CollectionPage, while mine is identified as Product.

    • This topic was modified 2 weeks, 3 days ago by  Lucian.
    • This topic was modified 2 weeks, 3 days ago by  Lucian.
    • This topic was modified 2 weeks, 3 days ago by  Lucian.
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  • Hello,

    Thank you for contacting Rank Math and sorry for any inconvenience that might have been caused due to that.

    Would you mind sharing one of the affected product categories on the sensitive data section so that we can check this further?

    Looking forward to helping you. Thank you.

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    Hello,

    I have updated the sensitive data as requested. Can you please check further?

    Thank you.

    Hello,

    Thanks for contacting us today.

    A product category page is basically a collection of products and the search console will also detect the schema of the individual products. Each of your products contain 4 errors for missing fields(brand, global identifier, sku and image ) which are bound to increase if you miss to enter this data on new products.

    Rank Math takes the schema data from your product pages automatically and turns it into Schema-ready content. Likewise, the aggregateRating and review fields are taken from your actual product reviews that your buyers/customers leave on your products.
    http://i.mythemeshop.com/cIBqH4

    If you don’t have any reviews yet, that is going to show up as a warning in the schema testing tool. That’s because Google will actually look for those fields.

    Please acquire some reviews and ratings to get rid of the aggregateRating and review warnings.

    To fix the global identifier error, please install the following plugin that can help in creating this field: https://wordpress.org/plugins/product-gtin-ean-upc-isbn-for-woocommerce/

    You can fix the SKU and availability issue easily as well:

    To fix the brand warning, head over to WordPress Dashboard > Rank Math > General Settings > WooCommerce and choose from any of the available fields to use as your product’s brands.

    Brand Value

    If you want to use a custom value for your Brands, you can do that by using the following code in your theme’s functions.php file:

    // Add Brand for Products.
    add_filter( 'rank_math/snippet/rich_snippet_product_entity', function( $entity ) {
    $entity['brand'] = 'Rank Math;
    return $entity;
    });

    Replace the “Rank Math” text with your actual brand name then run your website through the Structured Data Testing tool once again.

    Hope that helps and please do not hesitate to let us know if you need our assistance with anything else.

    I appreciate the response, but I’m not sure if any of that is the real issue.

    Also, that GTIN plugin seems not to work according to the latest reviews. In the end, those won’t be real GTIN numbers and Google may be identifying them as such:

    https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/product-gtin-ean-upc-isbn-for-woocommerce/reviews/

    I believe the real issue may be because the structured data tool as well as GSC identify the product category as PRODUCT schema instead of COLLECTIONPAGE.

    After analyzing a competitor’s page, now I’m starting to believe this may actually be a Rank Math issue, as Rank Math should be properly assigning schema to these pages, but it’s not.

    Hello,

    I have updated the sensitive data as requested. Can you please check further?

    Thank you.

    Hello,

    I have updated the sensitive data as requested. Can you please check further?

    Thank you.

    Hello,

    I have updated the sensitive data as requested. Can you please check further?

    Thank you.

    Hello,

    I have updated the sensitive data as requested. Can you please check further?

    Thank you.

    Hello,

    I have updated the sensitive data as requested. Can you please check further?

    Thank you.

    Hello,

    Thank you for contacting Rank Math today.

    I have raised this problem with our dev team and we will be getting back to you in a short while.

    Looking forward to helping you. Thank you.

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    Hello,

    Showing CollectionPage schema on Product archive pages is also not a good idea, Google suggests using Product on the category pages: https://i.rankmath.com/yHTG0u
    https://developers.google.com/search/docs/guides/sd-policies#multiple-elements

    As per the Google norms you should only include the data in snippet which exists on the page:

    The structured data on the page should describe the content of that page. You should not create blank or empty pages just to hold structured data; nor should you add structured data about information that is not visible to the user, even if the information is accurate.

    Since product category pages don’t contain all the product information like brands, reviews etc, we are not adding it in the archive page schema.

    As individual product page exists on your site and Product schema is added in the individual product pages, I would suggest you not to add Schema data on the archive pages as it is irrelevant and not needed. You can remove schema data from archive pages by enabling the Remove Snippet Data option in Dashboard >> Rank Math >> Titles & Meta >> Product Categories.

    Hope that helps. Thank you.

    • This reply was modified 2 weeks, 1 day ago by  Pratik.

    Thanks Pratik. I suppose that will work for now. GSC seems to at least have allowed me to start the validation process. It didn’t before due to the first unfixed errors it would find.

    Hopefully Google is still pretty good at identifying product categories (vs say blog post categories that also list titles of stuff) even without a specific schema for it, as I also don’t have a /product-category/ base in my URLs. Yes, I know it CAN identify them, I just don’t know if it’s 70% of the time, or 99.99% of the time.

    Hello,

    I am glad that this information was helpful 🙂

    Feel free to contact us should any other issue come up.

    Thank you.

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