October 13, 2019 at 6:39 am #493980
Recently, I started getting this error in Google Webmaster Tools. I am using Daily Dish Pro.
The error states:
1 invalid item
Breadcrumbs Error Missing field "position"
I have no clue what this means. I tried researching and the responses are to go back to the theme developer about this.
Google is not indexing new blog posts due to this error. How can I fix it? I haven't done anything different. Google made some changes that are affecting the breadcrumbs.
Further info states there is "Critical error in the structured data."
Can anyone help?
Thank you!October 13, 2019 at 9:58 am #493982October 23, 2019 at 9:15 am #494208
I'm not the OP, but here is mine: https://mixthatdrink.com/love-bite/. Loads of Genesis users are getting these emails from Google. But according to this article, https://wptavern.com/google-search-console-adds-breadcrumbs-report-sends-out-warnings-for-structured-data-errors, it sounds like Yoast and a number of plugins that display breadcrumbs are also getting the error. I'm wondering if Google has just suddenly come up with a new bit of code they want people to include, and rather than send us a memo, they sent a bunch of error messages without enough detail for the average webmaster to know what to do.October 23, 2019 at 3:11 pm #494223
@jahred and @melonbird in my footer signature below is my website. I can't find any clients with a breadcrumb warning. Could you send me an email with that? I'd be happy to take a further look for you.
October 24, 2019 at 6:28 am #494231
I've sent you the text of it through your contact form. There was no way to just forward the original email, but it's one of those typical Search Console emails alerting you about an error or warning. Thanks in advance!October 24, 2019 at 7:57 am #494232
3.1 disables Genesis schema output to leave Yoast schema output only.
So we need to start there.
October 24, 2019 at 8:12 am #494233
Did you receive the error emails before or after you updated your Genesis lately. If you received that and you were on pre-Genesis 2.7, you would get that, but if you have updated Genesis higher to 2.7 or higher, you shouldn't receive anything like that. If your version of Genesis is lower than 2.7, upgrade and it will resolve that issue.
October 25, 2019 at 9:58 am #494255
No Yoast - I'm currently using The SEO Framework. I always update Genesis within a few days of a new version coming out, so that's not it either.
When I got the error, I did have breadcrumbs enabled in both Genesis and The SEO Framework. Genesis shows them on every page, but TSF only shows them on search result pages or something (I can never get them to display). So it's possible the problem was with TSF's code and not Genesis'. I have turned off breadcrumbs in TSF since getting the error notice from Google and asked Google to validate my fix. But that could take weeks, and until then... does anybody actually know what Google is looking for? If so, we should be able to look at my source code and know if it's giving them what they want now or not.October 25, 2019 at 10:48 am #494257
One issue you've figured out - you cannot have breadcrumbs active when using Genesis breadcrumbs and TSF breadcrumbs. You have to use one or the other. I don't think you will be able to find it in the source code. I think because you had both on at the same time - Google didn't know which breadcrumbs to be looking at - it was conflicting.
I would suggest deciding on which breadcrumbs you want to use and sticking with one for consistency.
When Genesis did their update as I quoted above, you could not have both Genesis breadcrumbs and Yoast breadcrumbs at the same time. If you activated it in Yoast, the Genesis breadcrumbs were deactivated.
I will run this by StudioPress to see if possibly they can add TSF to that "deactivation."
But again, stick with breadcrumbs from one product. Let Google come back - but do this - for you home page, go to Google Search Console, put the URL of your site up at the top where it says, "Inspect URL.....". Inspect it and then you'll see the message about "if your site/page has changed..." The re-submit that link. That's letting Google know to come back and check the site. It may check that error when it comes back. Using that "Inspect" sends the Google bots out pretty quick.
Keep in touch on that. I will ask SP about TSF.
October 26, 2019 at 6:40 am #494269
Thank you! The "Inspect URL" says the page is fine now. Looks like turning off TSF fixed the problem.
If you're passing the TSF conflict onto the developers, you might want to note that I could never get it to display on normal pages. The instructions say "Breadcrumb trails indicate page positions in the site's hierarchy. Using the following option will show the hierarchy within the search results when available." I take that to mean only searchers see the breadcrumbs from TSF. So just because you're not seeing TSF breadcrumbs on the page doesn't mean they're not activated and being shown to some users.October 30, 2019 at 8:30 am #494324
Just to follow up, I got an email from Google confirming that the breadcrumbs issue was resolved. Thanks again for your help, Anita!
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