Yesterday, I notice that my reviews shiny stars has been dropped from one of my product reviews in Google’s SERPs, what a shame! I checked one of the reviews on Google’s Rich Snippets Tool, and I discovered an issue with the Schema.org’ AggregateRating that I am using on the Author hReview plugin, it just doesn’t work like is was before, I have a doubt that Google has changed something!
Google’s Rich Snippets Tool was giving this warning
Warning: No rich snippet will be generated for this data, because it appears to include multiple reviews of an item, but no aggregate review information.
I assume this is the case on all the blog that are using the Author hReview plugin for their products reviews. So, sooner or latter all those shiny rating stars will disappear, it all will happen once Google revisit a review page and update its search results.
The good news is I was able to fix the issue, and I have tested the plugin on FamousBloggers.net and I got the rating stars back:
I fixed the Rich Snippets issue by
- Using Product Review snippets instead of microformat hReview markup
- Rating snippets instead of the AggregateRating
I know it sounds complicated, but well the plugin is now working, and that’s the deal.
Here is a few links for reviews if you would like to test them out:
I’ve updated the plugin at WordPress.org today, and it will start showing notices on the blog dashboard soon, you will need this update, so go for it.