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You work hard to create high-quality, useful content on your blog.
How can you make sure your target audience will find it when they search for it?
Even if you rank high in search engines for your targeted keywords, it can be hard to stand out among all the other results.
You’ve seen other flashy links in your own searches: results that include star ratings, business hours, event listings, prices, even recipe preparation times. They’re eye-catching and stand out from all the other links.
The good news is, Google’s not just playing favorites with those results. You can set up your website to give Google that data too, and enable your own flashy search results — or “rich snippets,” as they’re called.
By marking your data in the right way, you can give Google information to display in your search engine snippets about:
- Businesses and organizations
These are called “schema.” And the easiest and most reliable way to mark your schema for Google and get rich snippets for your WordPress site is to use a plugin.
One of the top plugins for easily creating all kinds of rich snippets is WP Rich Snippets.
What is WP Rich Snippets?
WP Rich Snippets is a premium WordPress plugin by AuthorHReview.
The plugin comes bundled with two other versions; WP Reviews plugin and AuthorHReview. Those two plugins offer similar but more limited features, and each have a different look. You can download AuthorHReview for free with limited features if you’d like to give it a try – it is available on the AuthorHReview website.
What does WP Rich Snippets do?
In a nutshell, WP Rich Snippets allows you to add many different types of schema to your website, giving Google the opportunity to create rich snippets with that data. It also provides a ton of other features and tools for creating reviews on your blog.
While WP Rich Snippets is ideal for review sites, they aren’t the only ones who can benefit from rich snippets. Ecommerce sites, food and recipe blogs, local businesses and organizations, and many other types of sites can benefit from adding schema for more attention-grabbing snippets.
WP Rich Snippets supports a variety of schema types, including:
- Price or price ranges
- Opening hours
- Videos and images
Getting started with WP Rich Snippets
After installing the plugin, you’ll need to go to the new menu option, Rich Snippets > Settings, to get started.
You can just enable the defaults, or enter in your own ratings criteria here.
You can do star ratings or percentages, use multiple ratings per post, and name your own criteria for each rating. For example, if you review WordPress plugins, you might choose to score them on usability, features, price, and support.
Once you’ve configured everything in the settings, a new “Rich Snippets” box will appear in your post editing screen.
Just choose your Rich Snippets Type in the drop-down box at the top, and enter in all your schema:
Here’s an example of what a finished review post using WP Rich Snippets looks like:
As you can see, it creates a beautiful, attention-grabbing visual of all the data you input. You can set this info box to appear either at the top or bottom of the post in the plugin settings.
Here’s what that same review looks like using Google’s Structured Data Testing Tool:
Nice! As you can see, Google now marks it as a review, and creates an eye-catching snippet with the star rating to display to searchers.
WP Rich Snippets features
WP Rich Snippets doesn’t just create flashy search engine results.
It’s also a feature-rich plugin that makes creating a professional-looking, effective review site easy and fun.
Here are some other neat features that are included:
Engage your readers by enabling user reviews
With WP Rich Snippets, you can not only create your own reviews, but also let users add their own reviews and ratings as well.
This feature uses WordPress’s native comments system, so you can approve, edit, and otherwise manage user reviews just like you do comments.
You can then choose for the post’s overall rating to just reflect your review, or to aggregate all the user reviews together.
Readers can browse the user reviews in a nice tabbed box, and filter them by rating.
Increase on-site time with widgets
You can use the included Rich Snippets Entries widget to display all your latest review posts, leading visitors to explore your site further.
The box that displays all your schema in your post is responsive, so it looks great on any size screen from desktops to smartphones. (Try resizing your browser on the info box at the top of this post to see the layout flow to fit your screen!)
Add-on plugins for WP Rich Snippets
There are also add-on plugins sold separately from AuthorHReview that can add more features and flexibility to your site. Here are just a couple of my favorites:
Front-end entry submit
This plugin allows any visitor to submit their own item for review. New entries will be saved as pending posts, so you can moderate them before publishing.
WPRS ranking table
You can easily create beautifully-designed tables to list and rank your reviews. The table is sortable based on rating, ranks and price.
Here’s an example of a hosting ranking table created using WP Rich Snippets:
Other available add-ons
- WPRS User Reviews Image: allow users to upload images to attach to their reviews
- Box Shortcode: display the review info box anywhere you want with a shortcode
- Customizer: change the colors of your ratings and link buttons with the WordPress Theme Customizer
- WPRS Locations: use a shortcode to display locations on Google maps
- WPRS Display Rating: display ratings with shortcodes or in the WordPress loop by filtering content and excerpts
- WPRS Compare: create beautiful comparison tables to display multiple reviews side-by-side
- WPRS Call-To-Action: increase conversions by adding a call-to-action box at the end of each review
Is WP Rich Snippets right for you?
WP Rich Snippets is one of the most feature-rich and easy-to-use plugins available to manage review sites and get beautiful rich snippets.
Hesham, the developer, and his team are known for taking pride in their product and providing quality customer support.
You can get a single-site license for $69, but I recommend you take a look at the other pricing plans available, especially if you’re thinking about getting some of those add-ons. They’re each sold separately, so the costs can add up quickly. But all of the add-ons are included in the Unlimited plan and the Ultimate Deal package.
The Single Site, Multi Site, and Unlimited plans only include one year of updates and support, but the Ultimate Deal for $299 also includes lifetime support, access to all plugins and add-ons, and unlimited licenses for a one-time fee.
Adding reviews is a great way to monetize any blog, and WP Rich Snippets is one of the best ways to manage your reviews. When you consider the great support included, and the 30-day money back guarantee, WP Rich Snippets is an excellent choice to manage a review site or to increase your search engine click-through rate with beautiful rich snippets.
- Easy way to get beautiful rich snippets in Google results
- Feature-rich plugin for managing review sites
- Detailed documentation & stellar support
- The price for add-on plugins can add up very quickly
- Most pricing packages include just one year of updates and support
WP Rich Snippets
Summary: A powerful, easy-to-use plugin for adding schema for rich snippets to your WordPress website.