Breadcrumb Trails Troubles On My Websites
Once upon a time, there was a girl( OK, not really a girl but full-grown woman who is obsessed with breadcrumbs) named Rose, it was on a Thursday evening and Rose was relaxing after a long day and as she always does, in the evenings, she fired up her hot pink laptop, to catch up on what is happening with her websites, and Wealthy Affiliate
As always Rose starts with checking the emails, and then checks the notifications from Wealthy Affiliate, one email was from the big brother who is always watching, see Rose does not like receiving emails from this guy because so far all the emails she has received were to inform her of things that have gone wrong with her websites.
So the big brother informed Rose that the visitors who have been visiting her websites have been getting lost because Rose did not leave breadcrumb trails to show them where they are in the website, and where they came from.
The Search For Breadcrumbs Trails
So Rose started searching frantically to find breadcrumbs so visitors can find their way home. The search started on Thursday and went on to Friday evening and Rose had not found the breadcrumbs to create the trails and to be honest Rose did not even know what she was actually looking for.
But here is a screenshot of what Google Search Console said Breadcrumb trails should look like
So after lots of headache Rose contacted the site support at Wealthy Affiliate, the site support gave her a map to submit to big brother whose name is Google Search Console. Rose thought all was well and she started working on the article she was working on.
Then she got another email from Search Console stating that actually all her sites are affected by the breadcrumb trail errors and she needs to fix them. This means my weekend will be lost trying to fix this issue, I am still working on it and the errors are still there.
Thought There Was A Light At The End Of The Tunnel
I found a plugin yesterday ( Saturday) it's called Breadcrumb NavXT, I thought I had finally found the solution to breadcrumb errors but the plugin requires that I place a code to my theme file and I am not familiar with codes so I am afraid of messing about with codes because I don't want to break my websites.
Then I found out that Yoast has a breadcrumb feature and I actually switched to Yoast on one of my websites but that has not fixed the problem either despite enabling the breadcrumb feature.
Yoast also requires that you insert a code into the theme file, but it has an alternative which is to place a short code into the post individually, that is what I'm going to do on a few posts and then see if it will work, it's definitely going to be a lot of work going back to each post and page and placing the code.
I have asked a lot of questions in the websites and search engine optimization classes here at Wealthy Affiliate, but still I have not found solution to the breadcrumb trails error. I did read an article that someone shared with me here at Wealthy Affiliate and the article said the breadcrumb errors are not going to affect my rankings in search engines but the article did advise that it's best to fix them.
I Know I Should't Be So Obsessed With Breadcrumbs
I have a weakness, of not letting go and I can spend lots of time trying to fix something and if I fail, I can't do anything else because I get frustrated and I loose drive to do anything else until the problem is solved, which means this weekend I will not be able to write my two articles that I have researched for and I should actually be writing them now instead of this blog.
So my question here is, are there other people here suffering from the breadcrumb errors and if so, have you found a way to fix them? Apparently some themes do have the breadcrumbs feature built in them which makes it easier.
I have actually found that the website that I am using the Generated Press theme, only has one breadcrumb error, where the other sites have up to 22 errors. I could change my websites to Generated Press but I don't like the Block editor, and every time I post an article on the website that has Generated Press theme, I have to convert to block editor in order to use Grammarly.
So unfortunately there is no happy ending to this story, I request you to share with me any solution you might have so I can sort this out and go back to my content creation.
Please share your comments below, any help is highly appreciated.
Thank you for your time