Author hReview is one of the hottest new plug-ins to hit the market this month. It’s designed primarily for bloggers who regularly post product reviews, by giving them an attractive, easy-to-use review template, rating box, and various display options.
Do you like to post product reviews on your blog? Do you use WordPress 3.0 or later? Most bloggers like to write and post reviews of the products and services they use regularly, and their readers rely on them for solid information they can use. But inconsistent or rambling organization of a review post can lead to confusion for readers, who leave the blog scratching their heads – often unsure what to make of the various posts they’ve stumbled across. It’s like reading a recipe formatted like a novel, or a song written in prose. The hReview microformat, an open standard, has emerged in an effort to enable better sharing, distribution, syndication, and aggregation, of reviews.
The Author hReview plug-in was developed to take full advantage of the power of Google’s “rich snippets” – including its implementation of the hReview microformat. Searchers will be seeing stars as Author hReview adds ratings stars to make SERP results more eye-catching and draw more visitors to your site.
According to Google, rich snippets “extract and show more useful information from web pages than the preview text that you are used to seeing.” If you’re still wondering what the fuss is about and whether you should be using rich snippets and the hReview microformat on your own blog, take a look at this rich snippets infographic.
Author hReview is also designed to reflect the blogger’s own unique opinion of the product. It is not designed to collect ratings from casual site visitors, but is, instead, limited to ratings by site editors and authors. You’ll want to publish only helpful, honest, useful reviews – because now more people will be reading them and counting on you as an authority, once you’ve implemented Author hReview.
If you’re just getting your feet wet, or want to try before you buy, there’s a free version of the Author hReview plug-in you can try, available at WordPress.org. When you’re ready to dive in head first with the full-featured premium version, you can download Author hReview Pro. Here are the features it includes:
- 6 Months Priority Support for Author hReview
- 6 Months Upgrades
- Sidebar Widgets
- Related Reviews Shortcode
- Rating Box Shortcode
- Rating Box Templates
- After Posts Rating Box
- Support for Posts & Pages
- NoFollow – Dofollow Links
For a limited (and unspecified) time, your purchase of the Author hReview Pro plug-in gets you a copy of the Customer Testimonials plug-in at no extra cost. That’s right – Hesham is giving it away for free. You can see it in action on the Author hReview site. Hesham Zebida, of course, is the founder and operator of the well-known FamousBloggers.net, one of the largest multi-author blogs on the Internet with over 500 contributors. You can connect with Hesham on Google+, check out FamousBloggers on Facebook, follow @AuthorhReview and @hishaman on Twitter.