How to Show Star Rating in Google Search Results

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While searching for any product or finding review of any product on Google, you must have seen those star ratings under the URL of some search results. These star rating are the rating of a product/service associated with that particular link of a webpage. So whatever rating is associated with the webpage Google shows that rating.

star rating in google

I would say these star rating helps in increasing CTR as it may attract the visitor. So it is always a good idea to implement star rating if you are an affiliate marketer or review writer.

Little Bit About These Star Ratings 

These ratings are part of Google’s structured data implementation like authorship. These are actually called hReview and it is a micro-format for publishing reviews of anything using (X)HTML on webpages using html classes and rel attributes. So to show a star rating on Google Search Results you need to implement this hReview format on your webpage. Let’s see  how you can implement these star rating with WordPress.

How to Show Star Rating in Google Search Results 

Here I am going to explain only for WordPress platform. So if you are using WordPress then you have plenty of options in terms of plugins to show star ratings. You can search on WordPress plugins directory to get one of them. But I would personally recommend you to use the premium version of Author HReview plugin. Though you can also use the free version of this plugin but the premium version has better features.

Some of the features that are available in premium version are listed below:

  • Rating Box Templates.
  • Half Rating.
  • Determine What Elements to Show on the Box
  • Change Button Text
  • Add Image to the Box
  • New Widget with Product Image
  • Shortcode to Display Rating Box anywhere, Related Reviews, Recent reviews
  • And many more

As an affiliate marketer who does not want to have above features in a review plugin. So I would recommend you to buy the premium version of Author HReview to get the most out of it. 

So after downloading either free version or premium version install the plugin and activate it. Once activated you can see the settings of Author hReview under the dashboard. Open the settings and select options according to your choice.

hreview 

After completing the settings you can navigate to any post to check it. While in the article editor you can see the review setting box under the post editor. You can adjust the rating parameters according to your choice and then publish your post. If you want to check whether everything is correct or not, you can use Google Rich Snippet Tool to test it. Just enter the URL of your post and you can see the star rating in the result.

Note: There is no guarantee that Google will show your star rating in search results page even if you use any such plugin as it is purely up to Google for which site they are showing the rich snippets like authorship.   

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+Ayodhyanath Guru holds a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering and has worked with various prestigious clients in the IT industry and presently working as a Software Engineer. He is a part time blogger and presently authors the Jafaloo.Com blog. Being a tech enthusiast Guru likes to surf the web and blogs about interesting technical topics like How-To guides, freewares, Tutorials, Software, Gadgets, web applications etc. Apart from blogging he likes coding in Java/J2EE and PHP.

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3 Responses

  1. Napolean says:

    Hi Guru,
    Actually i tried this while starting my blog, but now i am not using this. After reading this, i got some interesting thing to install this plugin. Thanks for sharing this. http://www.classiblogger.com

  2. swetha says:

    Thanks for sharing wordpress plugin which shows rating in Google search results. I installed the same on http://www.appmemory.com/

  3. Naym Aoidny says:

    😛 nice

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