Schema Markup Helper for Recipes!

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Remember the last time we talked about Schema Markup? We talked about loads of stuff and we last left you off with how to add markup data to your review using Google's Markup Helper

At the moment, though you can use the helper to markup your more popular blog posts, the ones that talk about movies, or book reviews, or events, or TV shows, but we still CANNOT use its coolness to markup recipes! [unforch]

So, for all you foodbloggers and masterchefs out there, here's the answer! If you are going, "huh? What is markup? Why do I care?", check out the previous articles here.

With this spreadsheets-powered helper, you can enter details of your recipe and then just copy-paste a readymade HTML that you can simply insert into your blogpost and you're set!

What's in this Recipe Markup Helper?

  • Errthang! From markup for your basic recipe deets like the title, creator, image, to optional nutritional information. You can even have markup for what kind of cuisine the recipe is for, the category it falls in (like dessert, appetizer, entree, etc.), any specific diet it's meant for - it's all there! 
  • You can add markup that's organized super easy for upto 20 ingredients
  • Required and optional details for a recipe markup are included.
  • Type in directly into the spreadsheet
  • And that's not all! Whatever the output is, you can directly add it to your blog post editor and you're done! It's that easy! 


  • Some parts of the instructions below reference the Blogger platform - because we are partial to it. However, most of it applies to CMS blogging platforms where you can access the HTML code.
  • Also, the Helper currently only has 'Microdata' as the output format.
  • Before you start using the template, upload the pictures you want to use for your recipe in one of your blogposts or somewhere where you can grab the image URL that ends in .jpg or .png file formats. You'll need to have at least one picture. 

The TL;DR Version

1. Go to this published Google Spreadsheets template.

2. Click on 'Use this template' to start using the helper.

3. Read through the details on the 'Instructions' tab.

4. Jump to the 'Input' tab and fill in the details you want. The ones marked with an * (asterisk) are required for the article's markup to be complete for the 'Recipe' category.

5. Once you're done, click on the 'Microdata' tab and select all the data using Ctrl + A (on Windows) or Command + A (on Macintosh).

6. Now, log in to or your blogging account like Wordpress.

7. Create a new post or edit one of your draft posts.

8. In the post editor, navigate to the 'HTML' side of the post and paste whatever you copied earlier from the Helper.

9. Hit 'Save' or 'Publish'.

10. (Optional) Paste the output code into Google's Structured Data Testing tool to validate it.

11. What's for Done-ner?!

Let me know if you have any questions or ideas in the comments below.


Ray out! Peace!  

Photo credit: me


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