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Breadcrumbs markup for Google?

     
1:13 pm on May 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Is there a preferred / official / favored way of markup for breadcrumbs to show up in Google?

<div id="divname">
<a href="http://">Home</a> &gt; <a href="http://">Level 1</a> &gt; <a href="http:">Level 2</a>
</div>

good enough?
8:05 pm on May 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I've never seen anything official given as a preferred mark-up approach. Have you considered using View Source to see how sites with breadcrumbs showing in the SERPs are doing it?
8:14 pm on May 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I believe this would be the most "official" information
[google.com...]

There is also a video for "why breadcrumbs are not showing" from Googlewebmasterhelp

[youtube.com...]
8:21 pm on May 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

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As SanDiegoFreelance says, you can either use Microdata or RDFa to do it.

Google do say that they can now automatically detect breadcrumb navigation (not marked up in RDFa or microdata) - and this might be true - but one of my sites does breadcrumb navigation like you mentioned in your OP and Google have never detected it. Then on a new website I marked it up with microdata and Google shown the changes in the SERPs within a week.
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@tedster: I got what I posted from a site that was showing up already. Just wanted to see if there was something more structured.

@SanDiegoFreelance: Thanks a lot, exactly what I was looking for!
4:49 pm on May 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I think &gt; is good enough for google to detect the breadcrumbs.That worked for me.

But I have also seen some major sites, who deliberately seem to be avoiding the breadcrumbs by using an image instead of &gt;
5:20 pm on May 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

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With regard to the character in use, on Google's Help page example, they are using &rsaquo; not &gt; - that seems like an odd choice to me, because "greater than" makes at least some intuitive sense to me, compared to a "right single angle quote"