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Last month we introduced a new way for sites to highlight COVID-19 announcements on Google Search. At first, we’re using this information to highlight announcements in Google Search from health and government agency sites, to cover important updates like school closures or stay-at-home directives. Today we are announcing support for SpecialAnnouncement in Google Search Console, including new reports to help you find any issues with your implementation and monitor how this rich result type is performing. In addition we now also support the markup on the Rich Results Test to review your existing URLs or debug your markup code before moving it to production.
A new report is now available in Search Console for sites that have implemented Special Announcement structured data. The report allows you to see errors, warnings, and valid pages for markup implemented on your site. In addition, if you fix an issue, you can use the report to validate it, which will trigger a process where Google re crawls your affected pages. Learn more about the Rich result status reports.
The Search Console Performance report now also allows you to see the performance of your Special Announcement marked-up pages on Google Search. This means that you can check the impressions, clicks and CTR results of your special announcement pages and check their performance to understand how they are trending for any of the dimensions available. Learn more about the Search appearance tab in the performance report.
After adding Special Announcement structured data to your pages, you can test them using the Rich Results Test tool. If you haven’t published the markup on your site yet, you can also upload a piece of code to check the markup. The test shows any errors or suggestions for your structured data.
These new tools should make it easier to understand how your marked-up Special Announcement pages perform on Search and to identify and fix issues.
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