Author hReview: Show Google Rich Snippet Star Rating in Search

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On November 18, 2013
Last modified:July 16, 2014


Increase Search Traffic by making SERP results more Eye-Catching!

In the post 5 Tips to Making Your Search Listings Attractive on Google I mentioned that one of the best way to increase CTR  is showing Star Rating in Google Search Results.

Star rating on google search

Google Star Rating is the rating for a product/service that shows in Search Engine Results for the particular link of the web page. It shows under the URL of the Search Listing. This rating is based on visitors response or determined by the author of the post.

As it shown under result with yellow color, it may grab the searchers attention. Grabbing attention means you have the chance to get more clicks.

If you are an Affiliate market or review writer, then it is obvious to give proper rating to the products/services.  This not only helps your customers to determine the value of the product/service, but also gives you more organic traffic from search engine.

Read: Easiest Way to Show Author Profile Picture in Google Search Results

How to Show Star Rating in Google Search

If you are in WordPress platform then you are lucky enough because like everything we will do it with Plugin. I am using Author H Review plugin to add star rating in Google Search results.

This plugin has both free and premium versions. If you want more features like half rating, rating box templates etc, then you can consider going with Premium version of the Author H Review plugin.

Here are some noticeable features of the premium version.

  • Half Rating.
  • Rating Box Templates.
  • Determine What Elements to Show on the Box (Like Button, Date etc).
  • Change Button Text.
  • Add Image to the Box.
  • New Widget with Product Image.
  • Remove rel=”nofollow” links.
  • Shortcode to Display Rating Box anywhere, Related Reviews, Recent reviews.
  • And many more.

However, you can go with free version if you just want to show star rating in Google Search. But if you are a serious affiliate marketer and want more sales from your reviews, I recommend you to buy the premium version.

Once you have the plugin, follow the following steps to start showing star rating on Google search results.

After installing  the plugin you will find the  ‘Author hReview Settings’ under your WordPress dashboard.

Author h review general setting

From setting you can display rating stars on home page, single post or even you can hide rating box. You can also determine the box width, alignment and button color.

After setting up the plugin, go to the post and you’ll find Review Setting box under your Post Editor. Enter the details of the product/service that you want to review. And select how much rating you want to give to the product/service.

Author h review setting

After putting the all details correctly, Publish/update your post. You can check my post JustRetweet : Get More Twitter Followers, Retweets and Traffic, where I’ve used this plugin for rating.

If you want to check whether Google Search Results show your rating or not, go to Google Rich Snippets Testing Tool. Put your URL and click on preview.

That’s it. You’re DONE.

Hope this plugin helps you to get more traffic from search engines by making your results attractive. Do let us know if you use any other way to show star rating on Google. If you find this post helpful consider sharing with your friends.

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  1. Mohammed Abdullah Khan says

    I added this plugin and activated, but stars are not being shown in Google search results..

    Am I need to change any settings ?

  2. jossef says

    Thanks for this post, i really found what i was looking for, i will try this plugin and hope it will show the rating in Google results, thanks again

  3. Marios of Infolific says

    Do you have any examples of WordPress sites using this plugin where the ratings actually show in Google search results? Thanks!

    • Istiak Rayhan says

      I am using this plugin on RTB. I added a picture showing star ratings on Google search result on this post(first picture).

  4. Rebecca says

    All right in Google Rich Snippets Testing Tool’s preview but still can not be shown in the real result…Can someone please help me?

  5. says


    I’ve added the plugin and the result looks good at webmaster testing tool but the stars not showing on Google search result. Any clue?

  6. Amrish says

    Hi, I am looking for a rating plugin Using which I could Insert rating system In between the post . Any where I want . Currently I am making a blog related to movies so I want to add a rating system between the post . Is their any plugin available that I could use ? I also want one click Integration using the dashboard

  7. Riyad says

    Hello Rayhan

    I have a question. Do you think it is a spam work? because what i think is – if i add manual review 5 star and based on 300 review. People will influence to buy my product. But actually this is not possible to get 5 star rating based on 300 review. But as a admin i can set this. So is this a spam work? and will google derank my site?

    • Istiak Rayhan says

      Though there is a less chance to get Google penalty because of giving fake rating, but I don’t recommend you to do that. By doing that, you’ll lose your readers’ trust. And yes, it’s a spam work.

  8. says

    Thank you so much for your insight and research in this topic. I use Yotpo reviews widget and have noticed that it shows the star ratings great on google search but when I tried to test just the website against the structured data test for my site, it did not show any star ratings. I have over 80 star ratings for just my site and 300 or so for prodcut ratings. Would you be able to help me identify why the ratings for my site is not reporting in search?

    • Istiak Rayhan says

      Bro, it’s up to Google when to show ratings or when not to. But make sure you have good contents on your blog.

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