Breadcrumb Trails Troubles On My Websites

Last Update: September 22, 2019

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.

Conclusion

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

Rose.

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LauraFuller Premium
Rose, you said you are concerned with putting a code into your site. Do you have the plugin “insert header footer?” With this plugin you put the code into the plugin and do not have to alter your site.

Laura
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Ropesa Premium
Yes I do have that plugin and I use it for my Pinterest code and Google and Bing Codes, but it sounds like the code the Yoast or the other breadcrumb plugin, the Breadcrumb NavXT want me to place does not go to the header or the footer, it goes to a place between content at the very end of the header.

I don't know what they mean, I did try placing the code into the plugin but that did not help, the breadcrumb trail did not appear.

but when I place the shortcode manually into a post, the breadcrumb trail does appear. But its a lot of work.
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LauraFuller Premium
Yes it is a lot of work. Maybe someone will have a suggestion to prevent all of that work.

If they don’t then the work to fix it may be worth it to save the hard work you have put in so far.

As for generatepress. I use it with Elementor. But Elementor is also a block editor.

It can be so frustrating but keep going and I know you will find a solution.

Laura

PS maybe ask in questions under SEO. If you haven’t already.
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Ropesa Premium
I have asked a lot in the SEO class and the websites class
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LauraFuller Premium
I am so sorry but this is all I have for you.
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Ropesa Premium
Don't worry, I actually feel better now because even though it will be a lot of work, at least I know Yoast works and by placing the shortcode into posts, the breadcrumb trail appears.

However, I will not switch my other websites to Yoast, I will try with my SAC website first which is the one I have installed Yoast if after a couple of weeks, things look good, then I will switch all my websites to Yoast.

I have resubmitted 5 pages to Google Search Console so I will wait and see what happens because after submitting I clicked on the validate fix but it did not validate.
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LauraFuller Premium
Google works at their own pace and will take time to validate a fix. I have waited 3 weeks in the past.

Sounds like a really good plan.

Laura
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Ropesa Premium
I know that but if they accept your validate submission they tell you they are working on it, in my case the pop up that says affected pages detected and cannot proceed with the fix, is what I got.
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Linda103 Premium
I had the same on one site, so I turned the breadcrumbs off. The theme must have come with it already switched on because I wouldn't have done so originally without knowing what it was.
I had fiddled with it turning it off and on to see if it made a difference to the look of the site, as it didn't either way I left it on. I asked support, they gave me a link to a page to read, that was double dutch, way over my head.
I looked at various things on here relating to breadcrumbs and know what they are for, sort of, but fixing it was beyond me.
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Ropesa Premium
Yes, I have done the same as you, switching the breadcrumb feature on and off on one of my websites but that didn't make a difference so I have left the feature on.

I think I might just ignore the breadcrumbs and just go back to creating content on my websites.

I will try and place the shortcode on a few posts as Yoast suggests and if that doesn't work, I will just leave it alone.
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Linda103 Premium
Good luck Rose, fingers are crossed that it does the trick.
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Ropesa Premium
So, I have placed the shortcode on 5 posts and the breadcrumb trail seem to be there, so now I will resubmit those pages to Google Search Console and then validate the fix and see what happens.
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Linda103 Premium
With any luck it will be fine now.
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JaneMahlehle Premium
Hi Rose,
I'm sorry about your breadcrumb issues. Unfortunately, I won't be of much help. I do hope it gets sorted.
All the best
Jane
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MikeAdkins Premium
Hi Rose.
As you know I have had this. I am going to give it time then reassess.

Regards Mike
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Dave07 Premium
Sorry to hear of your troubles. I have to say I have seen several posts recently on the topic of “breadcrumbs” and I haven’t the faintest idea what they are talking about. 🤔
I’ll follow this thread to see if someone will enlighten us both...
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