If you’re seeing the error Missing field: “name” in your Google Search Console or Google Rich Results Test and wondering what the heck that means, we’re here to break it all down for you.

This error is directly related to Guided Recipes. As you may recall, this is one of Google’s latest updates and it lets you optimize your content for smart home devices. You can get the full scoop on Guided Recipes here:

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With this error, Google is looking for you to name the steps that you’re listing out in your recipe. So for example, you might have sets of steps named “Crust” and “Pie filling” if you’re making a pie!

That way, when a smart home device walks you through a recipe, it’ll be able to tell you which portion of the recipe you’re working on. Pretty handy! 🙌

With Tasty Recipes this is as easy as bolding your text! Yep, you read that right. Just bold the text you’re looking to use as your step name and you’re good to go.

Note that the semicolon after the name is automatically removed from your structured data, so you won’t have to take any action there.

Don’t want to update your post? Now you can update your Tasty Recipes without updating your post! Read more about that here: How to update a recipe without updating your post

Once that’s done, you can validate the fix in your Google Search Console by following these steps:

  1. Login to your Google Search Console account.
  2. Navigate to the error in the Enhancements Reports. In this example, it was a ‘Guided Recipes’ error, so we’ll open up the Guided Recipes report.
  3. Select your error from the Details list. For this example, the error was Missing field “name.”
  4. Validate the fix.

And then you’re good to go—easy peasy lemon squeezy! 🙌