Can I place multiple breadcrumbs on a page?

Today’s question comes all
the way from Tokyo, Japan, and the question
is, many of my items belong to multiple categories
on my eCommerce site. Can I place multiple
breadcrumbs on a page? Do they confuse Googlebot? Do you properly understand
the logical site structure of my site? So that’s a really
interesting question. It turns out if
you do breadcrumbs we will currently
pick the first one. So I would try to get things in
the right category or hierarchy as much as you can. But that said, if an item
does belong to multiple areas within your hierarchy it is
possible to go ahead and have multiple breadcrumbs on a page. And in fact that can, in some
circumstances actually, help Googlebot understand a little
bit more about the site. But don’t worry about it
if it only fits in one, or you’ve only got
breadcrumbs for one. That’s the way that
most people do it. That’s the normal way to do it. We encourage that. But if you do have
the taxonomy– the category, the hierarchy,
and it’s already there and it’s not like 20 different
spots within your categories, if it’s in a few spots, you
know, two, or three, or four, something like that–
it doesn’t hurt to have those other
breadcrumbs on the page. And then we’ll
take the first one. That’s our current behavior. And then we might be able
to do a little bit of deeper understanding over time
about the overall structure of your site. Thanks for the question.

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