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Issue with Google Rich Snippets

1:13 am on Jul 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Okay, here is the issue I'm having.

I'm trying to implement micro data / rich snippets into my site which is www.example.com. I'm trying to do this on each individual product page.

I have read and fully understand Google's documentation on rich snippets for products according to their documentation found here...


Now, when I go to my Webmaster Tools > Rich Snippet Testing Tool I try to see a preview for what one of my product pages will look like with the rich snippets included. You can test it out here...


Every single time it gives me the following error...

The following errors were found during preview generation:
This page does not contain authorship or rich snippet markup.

Well, I know for a fact the page contains rich snippet markup. It doesn't include authorship because this isn't an article or a blog, it's a site that sells products and therefore I don't think there needs to be authorship linked to it. The last thing I want is my Google+ profile linked to search results.

Does anyone know how I can fix this? I know I only have the minimum amount of properties listed in my rich snippets but I DO have all the required properties and I intend on adding more but not until I can get the testing tool to show my data.


[edited by: bill at 2:34 am (utc) on Jul 3, 2012]
[edit reason] See TOS. Don't link to your sites please. [/edit]

5:50 am on July 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

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You can ignore the authorship, that is optional.

If you have a critical error in your rich snippets it will generate the message that you don't have rich snippets mnarkup.

Whenever I get that message I look further down the page and and an error is highlighted.
6:16 pm on July 3, 2012 (gmt 0)


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have you validated your markup?
6:23 pm on July 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

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The problem is this... Even the 'sample' code that Google has listed in their documentation for 'rich snippet' product markup doesn't pass their rich snippet testing tool.

Here is their code...

<div itemscope itemtype="http://data-vocabulary.org/Product">
<span itemprop="brand">ACME</span> <span itemprop="name">Executive
<img itemprop="image" src="anvil_executive.jpg" />

<span itemprop="description">Sleeker than ACME's Classic Anvil, the
Executive Anvil is perfect for the business traveler
looking for something to drop from a height.
Category: <span itemprop="category" content="Hardware > Tools > Anvils">Anvils</span>
Product #: <span itemprop="identifier" content="mpn:925872">
<span itemprop="review" itemscope itemtype="http://data-vocabulary.org/Review-aggregate">
<span itemprop="rating">4.4</span> stars, based on <span itemprop="count">89
</span> reviews

<span itemprop="offerDetails" itemscope itemtype="http://data-vocabulary.org/Offer">
Regular price: $179.99
<meta itemprop="currency" content="USD" />
$<span itemprop="price">119.99</span>
(Sale ends <time itemprop="priceValidUntil" datetime="2020-11-05">
5 November!</time>)
Available from: <span itemprop="seller">Executive Objects</span>
Condition: <span itemprop="condition" content="used">Previously owned,
in excellent condition</span>
<span itemprop="availability" content="in_stock">In stock! Order now!</span>

Try validating that yourself in their rich snippet testing tool and you'll see what I mean... No preview.