Author Hreview Review – Increase Search Traffic With Eye Catching SERPS

Review of: Author Hreview

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Rating:
5
On August 2, 2013
Last modified:January 25, 2014

Summary:

A great collection of plugins that can add simple review rich snippet markup to your blog or transform it into a fully featured review site. It also features a fantastic testimonials plugin.

Author Hreview Review – Increase Search Traffic With Eye Catching SERPS

The Author Hreview plugin pack makes it easy to upgrade your site, increasing search traffic with eye catching search engine results.

The plugin pack contains 3 plugins which each do something different-

  • Author Hreview: A simple review plugin and is actually the plugin I have used since the launch of the blog to power the review boxes you sometimes see.
  • WordPress Reviews: This is an advanced review plugin that transforms WordPress into a fully featured review site including user reviews, ratings & custom fields!
  • Customer Testimonials: Makes it easy for you to collect and display user testimonials anywhere on your site (adding this to the blog soon).

So whether you want to add simple review boxes to your blog or transform it into a fully fledged reviews site these plugins are perfect!

They also include a bunch of widgets (you can see one in my sidebar) to display your latest/most popular/related reviews and so on.

Rich Snippet Markup

Each of these plugins also includes support for the review rich snippet markup. This is the magic stuff that allows you to dispay review ratings and stars directly in the search results like this-

author hreview review

Author Hreview Video Review!

I’ve been using these plugins since the blog launched 12 months ago. It takes minutes to setup and will instantly make your site more visible in the SERPS while increasing the click through rate of affiliate links.

Anyway check out my more detailed video tutorial & review-

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58 Responses

8.2.2013

its a great plugin Matt, i bought it a few weeks back and its already tripled my conversions. i still need to do a bit of tweaking but so far its money well spent.

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Glad to hear it – I’ve not found anything else like it!

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8.2.2013

Damn, this is awesome Matt! Hope I win..

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Good luck =D

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8.2.2013

Ohh sweet! another awesome competition! thanks matt and good luck to everyone… fingers crossed!

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Here we go again ^^

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8.2.2013

Entered! Man, I hope history doesn’t repeat itself (Matt knows what I mean.)

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Hahaha better luck this time ^^

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I entered Matthew. Looks like it could be pretty useful for number of my properties. Crossing my fingers.

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Good luck Ryan

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tiroberts
8.2.2013

Ah, ha! I KNEW I’d seen you around before I’d received Ehsan’s email about your “how to create a blog” tutorial.

Aleks had pint us against each other in his SEO vs. Social media traffic comparison post. LOL.

Yup, contrary to his post it seems as though our blogging and traffic generation tactics are very similar rather than different, even the way we create our case studies. Although I prefer your template and will be possibly be remodeling mine after yours.

Awesome competition and review, Matt. I’ve always wondered how bloggers got those neat review boxes to sit so nicely in their sidebars. Now I know!

I’ve entered your competition; hopefully I’ll win.

Anywho, I’m off to purchase that neat social lock plugin you mentioned in your income report. It’ just the thing I need for my upcoming blog post/tutorial next week.

And, of course, I’m purchasing through your affiliate link. ;)

Enjoy your vacation, my friend; Cheers!

Ti

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

HI Ti,

Thats very kind of you thanks =D I haven’t actually looked around your blog yet – not even had time to eat this past week lol but I’ll get round to it =D

Fancy dropping me an email with your best posts?

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MixerDJ
8.2.2013

Ohh I hope this time I’ll get Luck I’m in Matthew :D

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Gooooood luck =D

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8.2.2013

Mehn, I’m gonna win this stuff

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

^^

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Umee
8.3.2013

I am in… ;)

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Good luck =D

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8.4.2013

Awesome, just in time. I’m looking for a plugin that allows me to add the right snippet for reviews in my site. Hope to win the pro version. The free or lite version is good, but the premium version offers lots more great features.

I’m in

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Good luck =D

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8.6.2013

Hi Matthew,

Does the plugin work also for pages, not only posts?

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Only for posts sorry =\

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Hesham Reply:

Just a small correction, the Author hReview and WP Reviews plugins works on posts, pages, and custom post types.

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

^^

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MixerDJ
8.20.2013

Congratz winners and f*ck my luck :D

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

There are better things to fuck

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8.21.2013

Woot. Thanks for coupon code. Just got the multi-site license.

Congrats to the winners!

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

No worrys :)

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8.22.2013

Hey Matt, everytime i come to your site seems to find something new and interesting. What are you now using for the popular posts thats rotating between social networks

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micsten
8.22.2013

Have to say after purchasing this Plugin I’m pretty disappointed.

I have only used the Customer Testimonials section of the plugin (which is what I bought it for). It doesn’t allow you to add dates next to each customer testimonial which is a major flaw as far as I’m concerned.

Also you have to fill out every field when a new testimonial comes through within the CMS – that includes image, website, etc for the reviewer or it won’t show up on the page where you put the shortcode. Even if you have no intention of using those elements.

I visited the support forum and found that several other people had had this issue, but there is no mention of it in the instructions on how to use the plugin – which would have saved me quite a bit of frustration before i managed to find the thread in the Support Forum.

Also it won’t let you add the average score into the site unless you place it as a Widget, which is pretty limiting. Would be much better if it was made so you could add it via some code into the template.

The Customer Testimonials part just feels a little rushed and half-baked.

I have left my suggestions on improvements within the Feature Requests but had no response yet – to be fair I only posted it yesterday.

There is another Customer Reviews Plugin (WP Customer Reviews) that does a similar thing which is free, I had that installed earlier but moved over to this paid version. Sorta wishing I hadn’t bothered now.

Anyway, if people are out there like me looking to buy this due to the Customer Testimonials part I would say buy it under the understanding it still seems to be a work in progress.

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Hi,

I assume when you downloaded it you saw the beta tag?

I’m using it on the blog here although haven’t deployed the display of them live anywhere yet.

But the date isn’t an issue for me and I’ll be filling out all fields.

No doubt the dev will fix up the bugs and remove the beta status in the near future.

What was wrong with the free plugin you were using? If it aint broke, dont fix it ^^

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micsten Reply:

Hi Matthew,

Here’s hoping the author will iron out those issues soon.

I changed away from using the free option because it wouldn’t let me place an aggregated review score anywhere on the site, which Author hReview does.

I wanted to put that on the homepage, so that the rich snippet in results would show a star rating with ‘out of 304 reviews’ text showing.

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

See his response ^^

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Hesham Reply:

Sorry to hear that. Let me explain a few points.

* The Customer Testimonials is not a section, it’s a plugin. Also, it’s a bonus plugin that you get for free when you purchase the package, it dose a very special task, so it will get a good care and go out of beta soon. Also, there are a couple of good ideas for the future of this plugin, but I don’t want to burn them out.

I want to make sure that this plugin actually works really well before consider it a production. The only way for me to do so is to actually test it on live sites due to Google indexing and the time it takes…etc. It’s not an easy job and it take a lot of time and testing.

* I never thought of displaying the date because I think it’s not necessary, and no one of my members ever asked for this feature.

* You must fill all fields so that the display gets complete, this is required for shortcodes and widgets to work, or it won’t show in a nice way. So, this is from a design point of view.

* Displaying the average rating by a shortcode is on my to do list.

* You didn’t get a respond in the support forum because I was sick in bed last week (I really apologize for that, but I couldn’t work, it’s just out of my control. I hope you understand). I really appreciate every single suggestion you’ve made.

I hope these points explain.

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

From the man himself =D

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9.6.2013

Just wanted to add and let everyone know that although the plugin is good, the support is downright terrible and Matt, I hope you don’t hide this comment as your readers deserve to know.

Hesham says it comes with 6 months support, but in reality the support forum has a number of posts that just goes unanswered. When someone who had been waiting over 10 days for a reply, Hesham replied’ I chose what posts I reply to, this is my forum”, what kind of attitude is that?

I, myself am still waiting for reply 7 days later, as are many other people. I wouldn’t waste my time with this.

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Hi James,

From what I can gather people that have emailed him directly have had good support but please feel free to post a screenshot of the comments for future reference!

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Hesham Zebida Reply:

I am sorry for your bad experience, but I’ve responded to your emails, and also in the forum. I’ve explained the reason and asked you to wait for your turn (which obviously is my decision, not yours), you instead hijacked other people’s posts and made a miss in the forum.

I don’t welcome this attitude.

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

I’m going to publish this, but honestly Hesham this comment makes you look pretty bad. The customer is always right my friend.

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Hesham Zebida Reply:

Thanks for publishing my comment Matthew.

“The customer is always right” is a wrong believe!

That’s only my personal opinion, it’s not the right way to do business my friend.

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Well no, not always. But if they have paid for something that isn’t working – they choose when you help. As the developer its your responsibility to make sure everything works 110% and there are no compatibility issues etc.

If something isn’t working – that is your fault, no one elses. If your going to charge a premium price you must provide premium support.

My support experience with you was the complete opposite and you were very helpful – please keep that up for everyone.

I’ve seen a bunch of great products go out of business due to poor support/complaints like this so please don’t join that list!

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Jason Le Reply:

That person that hijacked the thread your’re referring to is me.

It was in fact me that was waiting over 10 days with no support.
I then saw that you replied to someone else that had posted just the day before hence I posted in the same thread asking why I had been waiting 10 days with no support but yet someone else posted 1 day and got a reply the next day, to which you replied that you had been sick and that you decide which support posts to reply to, which I thought was totally not on.

So to suggest that I HIJACKED the thread and insinuate that I caused havoc in the forum is a little misleading.

Also, my reply to your post on the 29th wasn’t answered till the 6th, so in total since my first post asking for help on the 22nd of august, it’s been 15 days and STILL my issue has not been resolved.(Though you have now asked me to email support)

Matt, you own a copy so will have access to the forum look under my username Jasonle and see for yourself.

I had no attitude, I just got fed up with waiting for over 10 days for support. I think you would feel the same if you was in my position

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Drop some links/screenshots to the threads

Sorry about your bad experience – I’ll do my best to protect the readers!

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Hesham Zebida Reply:

Jason, I’ve asked you to email me because you didn’t want to share your site in the forum, I can’t help you if you didn’t send me a link to your site.

So, please just send me an email so I can help you.

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John
9.14.2013

Well that escalated quickly. :o

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Haha always does ^^ premium price requires premium support though

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10.11.2013

Hey Matthew,

I found your blog. AWESOME AWESOME CONTENT.

I wanna show my thanks for your AWESOME content by buying Author HReview using your affilate link.

CHING CHING CHING. Commision for you! THANKS AGAIN!

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

That’s very kind of you thank you!

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11.28.2013

Pro version is best.
I am planning to purchase pro version of author hreview plugin.

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Its a sweet plugin :)

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12.28.2013

This is really useful plug-in. But, all the features available in pro version only.

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

The free one does a good job for most!

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12.29.2013

Nice review Matthew, I tell you, I’m loving your blog more each day. I definitely will be featuring you in a blog post very soon.

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Thanks Tetsu :)

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John
4.9.2014

Matthew, Nice plugin!
Is this still a good plugin to use with the latest changes in Google?

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Yes no problemo

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Hesham Reply:

Just want to let you know that I am fully supporting this plugin with non-stop development :)

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