Google Algorithm update in May, 2014 caused severe storm to some websites. Some bounced back while some gained traffic after Panda 4.0, "PayDay loan" algorithm update and other few updates. In this scenario having a sound SEO footing at the back of your website is truly essential.
Wordpress and Content go together long way in SEO language. ÂSeveral simple tricks like good title, meta-description, maintaining formats to different parts of the content like italicizing, bold, coloring makes your time-investment free of pain of such updates.
Recently you must have observed my site with little picture of myself in Google Image search results.
Though this is not entirely possible for all blog authors, certain steps help to gain authority on the web. Google Authorship is one another tool provided by the search giant Google.
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In the same context, if you have observed the recent trends in Google search results, there are shiny little stars added to some SERP (Search Engine Rank Position) results.
Though this depends on lot of factors, you can try toÂget this feature for your article using an Wordpress Review Plugin called "WP Reviews" by Hesham Zebida.
(The pricing and plans are mentioned on the website. There are lot of plugins and add-ons in addition to the default plugin I mentioned).
Though the plugin doesn't guarantee that the review stars will be displayed in Google search results, using it will give you more probability to get displayed.
My Review about Author HReview!
I personally bought this plugin from the author. I invested about $199 for unlimited license. The recent version of Wordpress Reviews plugin is 188.8.131.52 and is a stable version unlike some other plugins in this package which are under beta. But if you buy this plugin within 7 days from now, you can get 10% discount.
There is totally an hassle free 30 day money back guarantee program also attached to this member subscription. You can buy for only 1 website for as less as $69.
There is also the free version, but you can use it to download only 1 plugin. A typical view of implementation of this plugin can be seen in this screenshot.
- An author can submit rating for his review on a scale of 5. You can also rate half-stars like 2.5.
- You can also put up a image for the product review. You can give a name to the product.
- Price tag can also be mentioned.
- User reviews can be submitted. So if a user gives his review, he can rate the product.
- Brief review summary of the product can also be given.
- A disclaimer link to the product and a button which links to your affiliate product URL can also be provided.
Settings of Wordpress Reviews (WP Reviews) - Plugin
Once you buy the plugin from the product home-page, you can download and install it as a normal Wordpress plugin. Here you have to upload the plugin. Once the plugin is uploaded, there will be a label on the left pane saying "Reviews".
Once you hover the mouse over it, you can see different settings which can be manipulated for the plugin. There are different tabs mentioned when you click Reviews > Settings.
As you can see in the above screenshots, the settings which can be ascribed to the pluginÂand tailored to your needs are mentioned.
Using the General Settings tab, you can change the currency of the product to various formats like USD, AUD, CZK, JPY etc. of which the symbol is displayed in the product review with necessary amount.
You can also decide to display the product review on posts or pages of Wordpress.
(! Hope you know the difference between posts and pages in Wordpress)
Using the Rating Settings tab, you can enable user review system, make users choose a rating as a mandatory option,Âenable users to submit reviews in a pop-up, prevent multiple ratings, update user rating data etc.
Using the Display Settings tab, Âyou can enable option to show rating stars on home page, show rating box below content, hide date on all reviews, hide rating box on all reviews etc.
You can also change the buttons color and show the tag "FREE" when the price is set to "0". The Criteria Settings tab is mainly used to show some criteria fields for the author and user review system.
For example, if your site is a "computer product review" based, you can define additional fields like performance, price, quality, portability, speed etc.
The Technical Settings tab is mainly focused on disabling loading of style-sheets, bootstrap, Font Awesome which is needed for showing rating stars, jQuery etc. On the Help section, you find different "short codes" mentioned using which you can display your review box wherever you like. For example,
[related_reviews num=5 images=yes summary=yes]
the above short-code when inserted in any post directly will display a list of related reviews.
Settings of Wordpress Reviews on the Post or PageÂ
Just as the above settings can be changed for the plugin as a whole, there are several other local settings which be used for your post or page basis. These settings are displayed in tabs under the heading "Review Settings" under the post box where you write your content.
Main - Using this you can select the rating (from a value of 1 to 5) for your review which includes half-ratings also. This will be displayed in the form of stars on the published post or page. You can give product name, write review summary, give price tag if it's a product, item etc, enable user snippets and provide a disclaimer link if it's a paid review.
Details - You can give pros and cons to your review which will be displayed in a different color or you can customize these text-boxes as you like. You can also disable to not show this option.
Display - You can give a customized rating template or leave a default template here. You can show rating box below content, hide rating box on this review, display rating box anywhere in the post using short-code Â[ratingbox]Â, display a set of images on the review, add a short-link to the you-tube video, upload an image to be the featured image for your rating etc.
Link - You can provide an affiliate link or any other link that connects to your review. This link will open when you click the button below the review. The link button text, demo link, make the links do-follow or no-follow all can be done here.
Criteria - You can add different criteria fields in this tab. This is like give properties to your review. Suppose if your website is a "fashion review site" you can give sub-category indexes like "customer service, quality of website, value for money" etc.
In the end, I played with this plugin with lot of ease and it also fit into my Thesis framework very easily. Though there are a few things you need to worry about, but the presentation looks impressive.
I tested this plugin with Disqus comments on my current site, but had a few problems. So its better to check for plugin compatibility before you go ahead and finally buy this plugin. Always having the default Wordpress comments works good for the reviews.
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