Have you seen a star rating on Google and bing, which immediately drives your attention?
Just like this one:-
Well, you can get it for your blog too. There are a few easy steps and of course, we will do this with the help of a WordPress plugin.
In this post, I will help you to make your website schema ready so that you can get the structured data Mark-up in your posts.
Q. Why you need to do this?
With schema rich snippets your posts appear more catchy and out of the crowd. Thus helps in increasing click-through rates on google.
This is also beneficial for the reader who gets a detailed overview of what lies ahead in a post. This will help him take better decision.
However, this will surely increase the CTR which will affect your rankings in a favourable way.
That being said, let’s get you started.
Download Any Of The Two Plugins
1. Schema Pro
Go to your WordPress dashboard and download the All In One Schema.org Rich Snippets plugin. This plugin is one of the most popular plugin for adding rich snippets to your articles. This has a free as well as a pro version called schema pro.
This plugin comes with 10 different types of formats for you choose. Based on these formats, a mere beginner can also add rich snippets with ease.[ Discover All In One Schema.org ]
2.WP Rich Snippets
Alternatively, you can also download a more advanced plugin which performs faster and comes with some unique and helpful Add-ons loaded, i.e. WPRichsnippets.
This plugin for advanced users who want more control over their rich snippets output. You get a beautiful comparison table with responsive outlook to showcase your reviews.[ Discover WP Rich Snippets ]
Enter The Details And Test The Markup
That’s all. You have successfully enabled the schema helper for your WordPress blog. Now every time before you publish a new post, scroll down in your editor and look for this review option:-
Enter the details precisely here. Everything should be correct and relevant.
After you have done everything as I said correctly, your search results will soon show a star rating with detailed information just like I showed you a post of BforBloggers in SERPs above.
Note:- Use the schema mark-up when needed. Don’t add stars and ratings unnecessarily. The best practice is to use it in reviews only.
You may see many plugins out there but I have mentioned only two of them. These two plugins are the one I have used and I am currently using Schema pro.
Once done, you can check if your schema markup is correct or not. Use this official structured data testing tool from Google to validate your given data. Simply enter the URL that you have added markup in, and this tool will show you a preview as well as errors (if found any) .
Also note that Schema Pro is a premium plugin. It is the same plugin that we call All in one schema.org but comes with more powerful add-ons. The parent company behind this plugin is brainstorm media.
But the second plugin I mentioned I.e. WP Rich Snippets here is not the same. The parent company behind this plugin is beyond media. They both work the same (Wp Rich snippets is more advanced) and the choice remains yours. Don’t get confused.
You would also like to read about why Google isn’t showing structured data for your posts.
Add schema does not guarantee they’ll appear in Google search for your site. However, it surely increases the chances that it will. Read this for more info on why sometimes your pages might not show schema snippets.
I hope this guide has helped you. Do remember to leave a comment and share this post on twitter, facebook and GooglePlus.