See this cool box on the right? With cute yellow stars? That is one of my favorite plugins at the moment and I am going to tell you why you should have it too.
It is free. Persuaded already?
It is developed by Hesham Zebida, the guy behind FamousBloggers.net and Thesis Awesome Skins, so you know it is something good.
This was originally a Thesis theme only plugin, but I think I managed to trick Hesham into coding it to work with any theme. So now, you can use it with any WordPress theme.
What does Author hReview plugin do?
It adds the review data into your posts to be picked up by search engines.
There are a few options you can use, check the screenshot below:
As you can see, I am using the standard box and I set the width to 250 pixels. You can switch to “mini rating box” instead.
The first two options are self explanatory, you can display stars on your home page and display an additional box at the bottom of the post.
I like that you have 8 colors to chose from for the button that says More Details, so it will be easy to match it with any design.
Money making advantage
When Google picks up on the info you entered into the plugin fields in the post edit window, it will display this in the search results:
If I am seeing 10 results on the page and one of them has stars, I am more likely to click on the one with stars. No matter how many of them there are. So you can see the traffic potential here…
On the other hand, let’s say you have a blog about dog crates and you are an affiliate for the biggest manufacturer. You and hundreds of others.
If you do reviews and add the plugin to the mix, your reviews will be displayed as product reviews (see the image above), which affects customers when they are searching for info. They are more likely to click the review with the stars (I asked a lot of “dog people” friends, before writing the post).
Using this plugin gives you a chance to stand out in the crowd of dog crate affiliates (or any other crowd) = more money made.
This works for any niche, because there is always going to be something you are reviewing/promoting/recommending.
The sidebar widget
This is another cool addition. You will find it in your widgets section. It displays the last reviews in the sidebar, which is another push to people to click on those reviews. It stands out just enough to entice people to click.
This plugin has had a long road from the first version, where it was Thesis only and worked on new posts only (now you can edit your old ones). When you know how much time and love someone put in a plugin, you know it will work like a charm for a long time.
I highly recommend to try it out and use the advantage you can get with it.
What do you think about it?