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How to Show WordPress Breadcrumbs In Google Search Results

Istiak Rayhan

Do you want to show breadcrumb in your WordPress site as well as Google Search Results?

If yes, you are in the right place. In this post, I will be sharing how to add breadcrumbs in WordPress that shows in Google search results.

If you are still wondering what breadcrumb is, here is the answer for you.

Breadcrumb is a navigation system that allows a user to track their path from where they are on a website to the homepage of the website. It helps users to navigate around the site and helps search engines to understand the structure of your site.

The good news is, Google shows breadcrumbs below the meta title in the search results. It can increase your CTR.

Breadcrumbs in Google Search Results
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Now let’s see how to add breadcrumbs in WordPress.

How to Add Breadcrumbs in WordPress

At first, you need to check if there is any option in your theme to display breadcrumbs. For example, I am using Thrive Themes and it has a built-in option for displaying breadcrumbs.

If you are using Thrive Themes, go to Thrive Themes Options Panel and enable breadcrumbs from General Setting.

Thrive Themes Breadcrumbs
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If your theme doesn’t have any such option, don’t worry. Like everything, we will do it by using a plugin.

Though there are some dedicated plugins for showing breadcrumbs only like Breadcrumb NavXT, I’d recommend you to use Yoast SEO plugin. Cause it’s the best WordPress SEO plugin.

Now you need to install and active Yoast SEO plugin. I’ve already talked about how to setup Yoast SEO plugin.

Once you’ve activated the plugin, go to WordPress Admin Panel > SEO (1) > Advanced (2) and enable breadcrumbs (3).  Then you will find several options. I think default options are good. You don’t need to change anything here.

Yoast SEO Breadcrumbs
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Then click on “Save Change”.

Now go to a single post to check whether the breadcrumb is showing or not. The breadcrumbs will be something like this:

WordPress Breadcrumbs
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If Yoast SEO Breadcrumbs is not working, you need to add a code to your WordPress theme. Just add the following code in your theme’s header.php file. You should add the code at the end of the file.


<?php if ( function_exists('yoast_breadcrumb') ) {
	yoast_breadcrumb('<p id="breadcrumbs">','</p>');
} ?>


After adding the code, you will see the breadcrumbs in action.

However, Google might take some times to show the breadcrumbs on search results.


Hope this post helped you to show breadcrumbs in Google search results. If you have faced any issues, let us know via comment.

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Istiak Rayhan

Istiak Rayhan is the founder of, a blog that aims to make bloggers’ journey easier. Istiak loves to help newbie bloggers to build a better blog. Here’s more about him.


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  1. I have a theme that has the option to enable breadcrumbs. Should I also enable breadcrumbs option in Yoast SEO so that they are shown on search results or just the theme option would do it?

  2. I am using yoast plugin to show breadcrumbs on my website. It is working fine for the website and breadcrumbs are showing on every page and post but the problem is with the search engines. I want it to work for the search engines also. Please help.

  3. Prasoon Prahaladan

    I am using Genesis for my wordpress blog. So can you please explain, how to implement this code in it?

  4. hi thanks for the tutorial….how long it will take to show bread crumbs in search results…? because i have added the code snippet(in thesis theme) but could not get it in the search results.

  5. Awesome post, it is really useful. Well yes, too many plugins can affect the site’s loading speed, so using the code may be a good idea. But if one doesn’t want to mess up with the code, then using a plugin (RDFa Breadcrumb) will be better. Thanks Istiak for sharing this info :)

    1. Hey DRG, Thanks for stopping by. Yeah it's good to use the plugin if you hate messing around with the codes. But it's always better to play with the codes. Too many plugins can make your blog slow.

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