FAQ about hCard
- How is the markup processed and how soon is it displayed in Yandex.Directory?
- How else can I add data to Yandex.Directory?
- What is the difference between using hCard and the Yandex.Webmaster service?
- When should I use hCard?
- Does Yandex process personal data marked up with hCard?
- How safe is using semantic markup?
How is the markup processed and how soon is it displayed in Yandex.Directory?
The data is extracted from the organization's card when the Yandex search robot is indexing your site. Sites are crawled at different speeds. It usually depends on how often the site is updated.
Add pages with marked up contact information to the sitemap file to inform the robot that these pages are important.
Before being added to Yandex.Directory, the data received from the card is reviewed by a moderator. The review takes up to 2 weeks.
How else can I add data to Yandex.Directory?
What is the difference between using hCard and the Yandex.Webmaster service?
With hCard, you communicate your contact information not only to Yandex, but to the whole world. Address markup is a good practice in site creation. You do it irrespective of your cooperation with Yandex and without registering in Yandex.Webmaster. If the address or the phone changes, you just need to update the information on your site.
Using Yandex.Webmaster to add and edit contact information has several advantages. The information in Yandex.Directory is updated faster and you can track the moderation process.
Information from the hCard markup and from Yandex.Webmaster is added to a single database. So you can view and edit the data added with hCard in Yandex.Webmaster.
When should I use hCard?
The hCard markup is helpful when you create a new site. The site gets into both the search index and Yandex.Directory automatically.
You may also prefer the hCard markup if your organization has an extensive branch network and the addresses changes relatively often. When the contact information on your site changes, it also changes automatically in Yandex.Directory. You don't have to do anything to keep it up to date.
Does Yandex process personal data marked up with hCard?
No, currently Yandex processes organization cards.
How safe is using semantic markup?
hCard is a fully open format. This means that you can't control which services extract the data and how they use it. However, any publicly available information may be used by hackers. Semantic markup just facilitates extracting data from the page body. Avoiding it doesn't guarantee security.
In any case, it is up to you which microformats to use and which data exactly to mark up.