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New Search Console Merchant Listings report: expanding eligibility with Product structured data  |  Google Search Central Blog  |  Google Developers

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Google is pleased to announce expanded eligibility for enhanced product experiences in Google Search through the use of Product structured data. These enhanced product experiences were previously only open to Merchant Center users. We’re also making it easier to understand the requirements for these experiences by updating our documentation and reporting in Search Console.

Expanded eligibility for websites that directly sell products

For some time, Google has provided shoppers with rich product experiences in search results. To make these experiences more accessible to website owners, Google has expanded eligibility for websites that implement structured data. For website owners, there are two broad categories of experiences:

  • Merchant listing experiences for web pages that allow shoppers to buy a product on the site.
  • Product snippets for a broader set of web pages with product information (including pages that sell products, publish product reviews, and/or aggregate information from other sites).

Initially, product snippets in Google search results were primarily powered by Product structured data, and merchant listing experiences were primarily powered by product details supplied via a Google Merchant Center feed. Now merchants can be eligible for merchant listing experiences by providing product data on web pages without a Google Merchant Center account. This improved eligibility has in part been made possible by recent extensions to product-related properties and types in for areas such as apparel sizing and energy efficiency ratings.

Once you add structured data, you may be eligible for the following experiences.

Merchant listing experiences offer enhanced experiences including the Shopping Knowledge panel and Popular Products, as well as shopping experiences in Google Images and Google Lens. The structured data required for merchant listings and product snippets is described in our Product structured data documentation.

An example product snippet in search results
Figure 2. An example product snippet in search results

Introducing new Search Console reports for site owners

Search Console navigation sidebar showing links to new reports

To help websites take advantage of these experiences, the existing Search Console report for Product structured data has been replaced with two reports: a new Merchant listings report, and a Product snippets report (which subsumes the old Product report). These reports are grouped under a new Shopping section in the Search Console navigation bar.

The reports allows you to see errors, warnings, and valid pages for markup implemented on your site. The changes in reporting have also been reflected in the Rich Result Test tool.

New Merchant listings report

  • Identifies structured data issues for free listing experiences in search results.
  • Relevant to pages that sell products.
  • Covers the wider range of structured data properties and types used by the Product type that are now supported for advanced cases, such as apparel sizing and energy efficiency ratings.

Product snippets report

  • Identifies structured data issues for product snippets in search results.
  • Relevant to pages that share product review information or aggregate product data from multiple sites. Note that pages selling products may also include product reviews.
  • Replaces the previous Product structured data report with adjustments related to the separation of merchant listing validations into a dedicated report. The history of prior validation errors is retained in this report.

Which report should I use?

If you are a merchant with an online store, you should:

  • Check the merchant listings report for your pages selling products.
  • If you publish product reviews on pages that don’t sell products, also check the Product snippets report.

If you don’t sell products online but still publish pages with Product structured data:

  • Check the Product snippets report.

Learn more about Product structured data

To learn more, check our updated documentation on Product structured data. If you have questions, please reach out on the Google Search Central forum.

Posted by Alan Kent, Search Advocate

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