I am a private person, running a personal blog. There's no organisation nor profit behind the blog.
Google Webmaster Tools tells me to add structured data in order to improve ratings and what not. Alright, fair enough. So I use the provided structure data markup help tool. I tick all the boxes, I mark everything that it asks for, I leave nothing empty.
Then I use the validate structured data tool and it tells me I have errors. Most of these fixed myself right away. (Odd however, that the markup help tool did not ask me to add these.)
Anyway, when I come to the required field
publisher, which according to Schema.org can be a
Organization, I try with myself (
Person) and the Google validator tells me that that's wrong.
publisher is mandatory, and it has to be an
Should I just make up a fake organisation and pretend there is one? (We know from experience that Google do not like fakeries, so this method seems dangerous.)
Or should I just follow the Schema.org rules and ignore what the Google validator tells me -
publisher can be a
Person and keep it at that?
<article itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" itemref="_author2" class="panel panel-default"> <header class="panel-heading"> <h2 class="panel-title"><a href="/2017-10-26/gronsakslasagne"><span itemprop="headline name">Grönsakslasagne</span></a><br><small itemprop="datePublished" content="2017-10-26T08:43:00">2017-10-26 08:43:00</small></h2> </header> <div class="panel-body"> <p itemprop="articleBody"><img itemprop="image" src="/img/blog/thumbnails/63-gronsakslasagne-vvdb-se.jpg" alt="Grönsakslasagne vvdb.se" class="pull-left img thumb">[SNIP OUT SOME TEXT]</p> <p class="pull-right"><a itemprop="url" href="/2017-10-26/gronsakslasagne">Läs mer <i class="fa fa-arrow-right"></i></a></p> </div> </article> <!-- Further down --> VDB.se v 1.4 by <span id="_author2" itemprop="author" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"><span itemprop="name publisher">Per Jansson</span></span>
As you can see, I added
publisher to the last
itemprop, together with
name, figuring that would work, but Google Webmaster Tools tells me "no no,
publisher cannot be a