Although we didn't do any changes, this new error appeared in the GSC Structured Data section:

Error Type - Missing: homeLocation. This property is missing in the html markup. This can prevent the rich snippet from appearing.

I don't really get what it means. There are many fields for Schema.org, is homeLocation suddenly a required field? Does that make any sense?

  • To which URL links "Learn more"?
    – unor
    Sep 5 '16 at 10:20
  • Just to pages without that field (none of my pages has that field). As an example: search.google.com/structured-data/testing-tool/u/0/?url=http://…
    – Noam
    Sep 5 '16 at 11:03
  • I wonder if you can see somehow to which rich snippet it refers for this error? (I don’t use GSC) -- Schema.org does not require any properties, so errors like these are typically just "warnings" (that you don’t get a specific search result feature, because of missing properties). But AFAIK Google has no rich snippet for Person that could make use of homeLocation … their testing tool also doesn’t report this property as missing (like your example shows).
    – unor
    Sep 5 '16 at 11:24
  • It's an error from Google productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/webmasters/rnyX-Gi5EGQ
    – mayrop
    Sep 19 '16 at 4:15

There was a known glitch on Google's side of things which has now been addressed. It was temporarily being marked as a required field now it has been corrected with Google as homeLocation is not required. It may take some time for the errors to disappear from the error report but this has been resolved by Google.

Thanks @mayrop for the link.

Source: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/webmasters/rnyX-Gi5EGQ

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