Yoast Schema – Use Genesis Image

The Genesis theme framework includes a useful function for retrieving a post image: genesis_get_image(). It uses the featured image, but if no featured image is specified it will use the first image uploaded to the post.

Yoast SEO only looks at the featured image for a post. If there is no featured image, no image is attached to the article’s schema and you’ll get a schema error (screenshot).

The following code will only run on singular content (posts, pages…) that do not have a featured image. It sees if genesis_get_image() can find an image in the post, and if so it sets that as the image in Yoast SEO’s schema.


 * Use Genesis Image in Yoast Schema 
 * If no featured image is specified, genesis_get_image() uses first uploaded to post 
 * @link https://www.billerickson.net/code/yoast-schema-use-genesis-image/
function be_yoast_schema_use_genesis_image( $graph_piece ) {

	if( ! is_singular() )
		return $graph_piece;

	if( empty( $graph_piece['image'] ) && function_exists( 'genesis_get_image' ) ) {
		$image = genesis_get_image( array( 'format' => 'url' ) );
		if( !empty( $image ) )
			$graph_piece['image'] = array(
				'@id' => $image . '#primaryimage',
				'@type' => 'ImageObject',
				'url' => $image,
	return $graph_piece;
add_filter( 'wpseo_schema_article', 'be_yoast_schema_use_genesis_image' );

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