Now Showing: Music Rich Snippets

by Gary on August 23, 2011

in On Page SEO,SEO Tips

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If you have a music site, or at least some pages that contain songs or music samples, you can now start marking up these content so that they can be displayed in your search results as snippets. Google announced last week that they are now supporting rich snippets for music as part of their efforts to help users figure out easily whether a music-related page contains songs and music samples, or simply informative content on the songs, artists, and albums.

The cool thing about the music rich snippets is that it will show up to four songs (whether it be a video or audio file) under your link, and give users important at-a-glance info like the duration of the clip and the album it’s from.

Here’s how the music rich snippets for songs look like.

Music rich snippets shows Adele's songs.

I had a hard time looking for results that already showed music rich snippets for songs, so this is a good time to get ahead of the game if you do have music pages. Note though that marking them up does not automatically mean that your search results will start showing music rich snippets. Google is still the one to determine whether they should show rich snippets as part of your page’s results. However, marking your music content, specifically song and music samples, as such is a prerequisite for Google to display music rich snippets as part of your results.

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