A few days ago, Google Webmasters announced that April 6 this year will mark the end of Google supporting the data-vocabulary.org tag. Search Console is generating error notifications about the navigation menu (so-called Breadcrumbs) en masse. Do you wonder whether you should worry about the issue and how to solve it?
Data-vocabulary.org is a type of structured data implemented in 2009. Two years later, Google Webmasters decided to introduce Schema.org which has been becoming more and more popular. Thus, Google decided to focus exclusively on Schema.org and transfer all data-vocabulary.org functionalities to it.
With the increasing usage and popularity of https://t.co/hGrr8MSS40 we decided to focus our development on a single scheme. As of April 6, 2020, https://t.co/N98EXBIRJ6 markup will no longer be eligible for Google rich result features. Read more at https://t.co/n8qsmdLgxE pic.twitter.com/JIg9yqMxRB
— Google Webmasters (@googlewmc) January 21, 2020
Since 01/21 website owners have been receiving error notifications concerning breadcrumbs which were sent by Search Console.
According to Google, for the time being it’s just a warning and the error doesn’t have any negative implications for the search results. April 6, 2020 is the day when Google will completely stop supporting data-vocabulary.org so you need to fix the error by then.
How to fix the data-vocabulary.org error?
In order to fix the error resulting from the removal of the data-vocabulary.org tag, you simply need to replace this tag by schema.org. Although the code won’t differ much, the change is truly substantial.
An exemplary code with data-vocabulary.org:
An exemplary code with schema-org:
After changing the code, use the structured data testing tool to check whether everything has been implemented properly and then ask Google to recrawl and reindex your website.