I came to a years old post, discussing Microdata, RDFa etc. I looked on the microformats2 site and it says both have been superseded by microformats2. Also Google uses microformats2 for SEO.

Should I only use microformats2 these days if I want to start with SEO? Is it the de facto "standard"? There are extra HTML5 tags to sort of "mark" content as some type of microformat, e.g new tags like <time> and <article>. Do those tags have the same meaning or relevance for search engines like if I would tag them directly with microformat classes (like class="h-article", etc.)?

  • The only tangible SEO benefit to structured data is when you get a special display in the search results known as a rich snippet. Google has a list of possible rich snippets. Using structured data won't help your site rank better or entice Google to index more of your pages. Commented Sep 23, 2022 at 10:00

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Also Google uses microformats2 for SEO.

You are wrong. Google says:

Google Search supports structured data in the following formats, unless documented otherwise:

  • JSON-LD* (Recommended)
  • Microdata
  • RDFa

Their guide Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Starter Guide does not mention structured data format

  • hmm true, I thought I'd seen it somewhere... was probably wrong
    – MarcL
    Commented Sep 25, 2022 at 12:53

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