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    Found something interesting about Rich Snippets

    I actually have a question regarding it but first is what I appear to have found out.

    On a Colossus themed store, but not specific to Colossus, we were having an issue with Rich Snippets and Breadcrumbs.
    In an Enhancement Report, the error for many URLs is "Invalid URL in field ID."

    Initially, I thought adding/switching to JSON-LD, needed to be done regardless, would solve the issue. But it didn't because the Microdata is still embedded into the structure of templates. In the Microdata, the ID field doesn't exist for this Schema property in the Smart Breadcrumbs. The Rich Snippet testing tool happens to point to the exact line of HTML code -- which shows no ID field. Cutting directly to the solution, I've concluded that the ID field described in the ERROR is actually a mash-up of the items. IOW, my resulting solution is to turn the last list item in the Smart Breadcrumb template into a link where the default is simple text.

    I generally like to keep this text static. But the quick fix is making it a link. This error happened the same way pre-Colossus and the Microdata had been integrated the same way -- but the structure was slightly different.

    My question is: should the Microdata be removed from the templates going forward? The pages are now validating as expected with both JSON-LD and Microdata on the page. But, I am thinking I really don't want a link as the last list item in a breadcrumb and is redundant and because it adds to the page's link count unnecessarily.

    The follow-up question, is Microdata integration purged from future versions of a ReadyTheme?

    Scott
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    #2
    Hey Scott, did you get this resolved? I just finished updating a site to Colossus and boom Google finds this "Invalid URL in field "id"" error. I'm thinking that since this is Colossus related, I'm going to start a new post there. - Leslie
    Leslie Kirk
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      #3
      I actually did find the answer. It wasn't straight forward or obvious. The Google Search Console error message wasn't an accurate message. Jumping to it, the error message complains about an invalid link. Don't understand why an ID is a label for a URL issue. The gotchya is that there actually isn't a link. But, Google knows the code is for a Breadcrumb and it's expecting a link/URL.

      my resulting solution is to turn the last list item in the Smart Breadcrumb template into a link where the default is simple text.
      I don't know if that's the only solution but it works for now. In the future, I might need to address this because if I have to start counting links on a page, that is a link that should be a candidate for removal.

      Scott
      Last edited by ids; 11-25-20, 11:33 PM.
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        #4
        Hi Scott,

        Looks like the issue here is an errant itemprop="item" in the span element. Once that is removed, the test passes. I will look into changes for future removal.
        Matt Zimmermann
        Front-End Development Director / Miva, Inc.

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