Google Adds Document On Rich Snippet Missing Questions

Aug 22, 2011 • 8:13 am | comments (12) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

One of the biggest issues with Google's rich snippets feature is that even if you do code it properly, you have no idea if it will show up or not. So Google added a new document named rich snippets not appearing and answered a bunch of questions.

So when you are like me, and you are wondering why the rich snippet testing tool shows your snippets properly but they do not show up in the search results - maybe, just maybe this will help?

My rich snippet shows in the testing tool:

rich snippet test

But even months later, it still does not show up in the search results:

rich snippet missing

Is this helpful to you at all?

Both Googlers Pierre Far and John Mueller posted these details on their profiles.

JohnMu's post is getting the most Q&A back and forth on the topic.

Forum discussion at Google +.

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08/22/2011 04:24 pm

My authorship markup isn't showing in the SERPs either, only in the rich snippet testing tool. Not sure why the testing tool wouldn't alert you of any issues like the questions mentioned above?


08/22/2011 08:36 pm

Not knowing whether or not it will show up is a pretty big issue!  Hopefully they're working on finding a solution. 


08/23/2011 01:14 pm

The testing tool is great but I also found this one which gives a slightly different view if you are using rich snippets. It doesn't seem to show the author picture, but deals with opengraph and also microdata markup. I have started using this and also the Google testing  tool

Darren McLaughlin

11/07/2011 05:33 pm

I know this post is a few months old, but I wanted you to know I see your head a lot in my searches!  It looks like they updated you.  


12/01/2011 06:43 pm

Hello Barry, how did you manage to get your author photo next to your search results? Did you do something special or is it just a matter of waiting endless months?

Sakthi Ganesh

02/26/2012 04:25 am

 My site is working perfect with snippet testing tool but not shown in the search results. Google has to find the way to fix it.


03/30/2012 04:01 pm

 I would also like to know about the photo. I have put in a photo using the rich snippet  markup from here - (and I'm doing this within the LocalBusiness element here ). I believe my markup is correct, and I have several other things such as star ratings showing up properly, but the photo doesn't show up in Google's Rich Snippets Testing Tool. Perhaps Google won't display photos under the LocalBusiness but there is no way to know. I guess they aren't saying much because they can always change things.


04/29/2012 06:43 pm

I don't see ANY authorship in the search results. Not mine and not anybody else. I even tried to change my IP for another country to see if it geographically related, but no. Does anyone have any idea? 

Kristianus Kurnia

08/20/2012 04:54 am

My thumb photo not showing now, and the rating star just appear in google local, not in, and I think I'm fail when edit the rich snippet. Thanx for this post :)


09/01/2012 12:19 am

To get author photo


03/06/2014 11:45 am

Any Solution To Fix Snippets


03/06/2014 11:50 am

Our Make Something Wrong. Will be hope Change Red Marked Errors on snippets Testing Tools After it Work :)

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