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PLEASE HELP!!!!!! I keep getting messages asking me to fix Missing fields "eventAttendanceMode" but I don't understand what to do. I am talking about the new Covid-19 event requirements that appeared on March 17th. If you can help me, I would MOST appreciate it! THANK YOU!!!!!
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Marie,

It's described in documentation:
"EventAttendanceModeEnumeration

Indicates whether the event occurs online, offline at a physical location, or a mix of both online and offline. If you don't include this property, Google understands the event mode to be OfflineEventAttendanceMode, which means Google understands that the event is happening at a physical location. Use one of the following values:

OfflineEventAttendanceMode
OnlineEventAttendanceMode
MixedEventAttendanceMode"

So all you need is to add one of those values to your event structured data.
If you're using a plugin for this then you need to ask for support from them.

Regards,

Peter
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Hi Thank you so much for taking the time to answer me!!! Ok, so I have 2 questions please: 
1. It is indeed an event at a physical event, unsure of whether it will take place now. BUT if it does, do I still need to take some sort of action?
2. When you say: "So all you need is to add one of those values to your event structured data.
If you're using a plugin for this then you need to ask for support from them"... Could you explain this to men like I'm a 5 year old? I don't know how to do what that say. Thank you so much!!!
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Marie,

1. Physical events are "OfflineEventAttendanceMode".

2. Sure. So in general StructuredData is some complicated and most important it's invisible to the humans, but fully visible for the bots. But... one of requirements for SD is that content for bots and content for humans need to be same. I.e. you can't said for bots - price for product is $10, but for humans $199.95.
About 10 years ago when SD was introduced in Search Engines there wasn't possible to implement them easy and Google introduce two tools:
You can read more about them here:

But both tools have one issue - they're lagging in implementation of SD. Just implementation can take hour for one page. And if there is issue you need to take another hour to fix it. Of course if you become an expert then this can take few minutes later.

That's why preferred way to implement the SD for popular CMS systems (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, etc) is to find plugin that will do hard job for you. There are many plugins with many features. Some of them are easy with few boxes that you need to fill. Others are little bit more complicated with little bit more boxes to be filled. Third are easiest because do EVERYTHING for you and you don't need to edit anything, but are limited just to 2-3 types of structured data. And now you need to asking assistance from plugin dev for this.

If you're not using popular CMS or you're using something custom built from a devs for you then you need to talk with plugin author or someone who was responsible to built SD for your site in order to fix this.

I hope that this helps you!

Peter
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Thanks so much for your response. My website is a Squarespace website. They can't seem to be able to help with this and I don't know where to put this mention. 😣
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Hi Marie and Peter, I got this same message and I too have Squarespace. I think what you are saying is that this is in the background programming we don't see with Squarespace. I think the point of using Squarespace is so we can create websites without knowing programming. This is way beyond my level of knowledge. That being said, what we (Marie and I) need to know is that our websites and events will still be found by those searching for them. I'm guessing it will and these fields are just another piece of information. If we have it great, if not, no problem. Is that correct?
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Hi,

Got the same message. But my site does not have any events, what is to be done in such a case?
Thanks
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Hello Denise Montoya,

Yes, This property is only for piece of information to search engine; it doesn't reflect indexing and ranking of that page However Rich snippet may have missing attribute. This is why that tag is show in "valid with warning" rather then error box of Google search console.

Thanks & regards,
Pratik Nakrani
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If your sites are built on Squarespace then you should contact them in order to implement this.
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Hieros and Marie,

After some research and into looking the Squarespace help area called Knowledge Base I found an easy answer.

Hieros, if you don't have events, this does not apply to you. You don't need to fix anything.

Marie, as you mentioned in your original email, Google Search Console made some updates due to so many events changing due to COVID19. Events were being cancelled, postoned or changed to virtual events. If we were programmers and created our websites without Squarespace, we could update the programming to reflect these changes so when people searched on it, Google would show the event along with the info that it is cancelled, postponed, etc. This is NOT required. Google provided this as an option for programmers who created their own websites. 

We can update our events on our website and Squarespace will automatically send the updated page info to Google usually within an hour or within 24 hrs. Google sent us a warning saying they didn't find the code but that's ok. The code is just an option, another way, to reflect this event change. The warning means:
  • they are looking for some information
  • couldn't find the information
  • they understand that it's not required
  • if you want to add it, and didn't know you could, you can now
It's not an error. It won't affect Google searches. Another example of a warning is that I got a warning saying that I was missing the field "performer". I don't have a performer for my event.  It's ok. They understand this is not required but look for it in case some events do have one. But again, this is all background programming. If we wanted to add info on a performer we would do that in Squarespace and Squarespace would update Google on our event. 

I hope that helps. Basically, we are all set. We don't need to do anything. If our event needs to be updated, we'll do that and Google will automatically get updated by Squarespace. Also, warnings are not for required information.

Stay safe everyone!
Denise
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