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Solved: “Error in required structured data element” (AMP issue)

Required structured data” message is one of the most common issues seen at Google Search Console. In this post, I will explain why this error comes up and how to fix it.

AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) is a project supported by Google to make web pages faster and more responsive across different devices and web browsers. A library is provided by AMP Project Team for web developers. Google provides tools such as Search and Analytics to build AMP-supported web pages.

In order to check if your website is AMP-ready, go to Google Search Console. If there are any issues in any of your web pages, an error message will be displayed in the Dashboard. Here is one of the most common error messages:

Error in required structured data element
AMP version has invalid structured data

An AMP issue in Google Search Console: "Error in required structured data element"
An AMP issue in Google Search Console: “Error in required structured data element”
Detailed error message
Detailed error message

Are you receiving “Custom JavaScript is not allowed” error message? Check this post out.

Solution to fix “Required structured data element” issue

Google wants to provide a better search experience by showing related pictures near search results. These related pictures (named “Featured Image” in WordPress) should be included in the posts by their authors. If your posts don’t have related pictures, you will probably see “Error in required structured data element” or “AMP version has invalid structured data” message in Google Search Console dashboard.

An example to structured
data in search results
An example to structured
data in search results

In order to solve this AMP issue, simply add featured images to your posts and start re-validation at Google Search Console. Depending on the page count in your website, it may take a few days or weeks to complete re-validation. You will receive an email once it is completed.

For more information about structured date, visit Google’s guideline. There is also a tool to check your site compatibility to Google’s structured data rules.

10 thoughts to “Solved: “Error in required structured data element” (AMP issue)”

  1. Thanks for your article. unfortunately I do have featured images specified in my blog posts but still get the errors. our of nearly 400 pages i have 36 that get this error. Maybe not worth stressing over eh?

    1. Thanks for your feedback! Has re-validation been completed? In my case, it took a few days from Search Console to clear this error

  2. Hey! I m also facing the same issue. My blog does have the “FEATURED IMAGE” as on Main Image of the post. So do I have to add more images to solve this issue? Or I just leave it as it is. ? Is this really a problem if I don’t add more images? Pl, help me. Thank you.

    1. If there is already a featured image, you shouldn’t need to add more. However, make sure the re-validation is initiated and completed. It may take a few days.

      Additionally, make sure that your featured image is minimum 390px by 696px.

      It is not a big issue if you keep getting this error. However, you may receive slightly less traffic since your post won’t be “featured” in the search results page.

  3. Yes indeed, it was because some of my articles have no featured images since I opted with videos on it. Thanks!

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