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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Star ratings rich snippet on Google SERP with Graddit (for Blogger)

— this is how your blog can look like on Google search engine results page (SERP). It is an experimental feature from Graddit that allows you to create rating rich snippets based on real ratings information and add them to your posts, for Blogger only. Currently in order to update your posts with snippets you will need to:

  1. Invite user "graddit@gmail.com" to be an author of your blog (Blogger Settings → Basic → Permissions → Blog Authors → + Add authors);
  2. What for confirmation (leave a comment to this post to speed up the process);
  3. Make graddit@gmail.com an admin of your blog. This is required to update posts by your request. Later adding graddit@gmail.com will not be necessary, but this is how it works right now. You can also revoke admin permissions once you are done with snippets and give it back only when you need it;
  4. Subscribe. You can also leave your blog address in a comment to this post and I will give you 2 weeks of trial;
  5. Login to admin, create an account if you don't have it yet (click "Generate secret key" for insctructions);
  6. Go to Statistics tab, locate a post you would like to update (you may want to save your post first, just to be safe) and click star icon:

    It will try to retrieve Blog ID and Rating ID and will show a confirmation window:
    Click Ok. If system shows status "Ok", your post was successfully updated with ratings snippet. It can pass few days or even weeks before stars appear on SERP, but you can check if snippet is formed properly by checking URL of your post in this Google tool.

Disclaimer, recommendations and known issues
This will access your blog upon your request and will update post adding snippet to the end of it. It potentially can damage post content, for example, it will remove any newlines (not the <br/> tags that will remain, but \n - newlines that will be deleted), because this is how the posts content is presented by Blogger API and I could not find a workaround for it, so this method is not good if you have text in <pre> tags and want to keep newlines. In other cases removing newlines will not affect post layout. I strongly recommend to test it first on a test blog or test post. Also, do not update each and every post, Google might not like it, instead pick content that deserves to have snippet in SERP. Google does not guarantee snippets on SERP even if there is no errors in snippet code, that is stated in their documentation.
Try it and let me know here if you have any issues.


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29 comments:

  1. Hello!
    Do you why all the raitings are not working now? Also the site graddit.com is not working :(

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    1. There's a performance issue, adding more servers.

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  2. http://www.afragola-city.com/

    questo e il mio sito

    ti ho aggiunto come autore

    ho creato l'account e ho seguito tutto passo passo come hai descritto tu su questo post

    adesso mi tocca solo aspettare che tu accetti il messaggio e poi entro in statistiche e clicco sulla stella ed aggiorno giusto e poi non mi resta che aspettare fin quando non mi appaiono le stelle sui post in google ricerca giusto fammi sapere se ho capito errato ciao distinti saluti luigi

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    1. Invitation is accepted, subscription will be active for 2 weeks, you can try snippets after making "graddit" user an admin in your blog.

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    2. and who assures me that you would not deleted as administrator after administrator I have done to you! or that you copied my template?

      but there another way?

      let me know!

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    3. Trust and use it or do all things manually. You can revoke admin permissions after job is done and grand it only when you need to work with snippets.

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    4. This comment has been removed by the author.

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    5. I'm sorry to be mad and do not even ask what I asked for too much confidence and you do not know if you know but you know that if I make you admin on my site if you want you can even spatermi out of my site if you just want me to author and then I can delete those apples and me from these certainties I'm sorry I think there must be another method cmq let me know if there is anything else not sene the same but thank you for all the work you do for us nowadays ask what you asked for it on the web you will not find anyone who makes it of course if it does have to be a fool

      and then to be honest I do not see anyone that did precisely for the reasons I told you!

      apart from that wishes for your site and fantastic and full of ideas and thanks again for all the work you do for us

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    6. Sorry, I tried to understand it, but it seems to be auto-translated. First time when you wrote italian it was much easier.

      Anyhow, I understand your concerns, but:
      - why would I need to delete your content? My goal here is to provide a service and gain reputation;
      - I don't need anybody's templates;
      - people are using it and getting snippets on SERP, plus I am implementing some stuff to make real cross-linking possible in Blogger. While you're being afraid other people getting better results in search. Your choice, can't do it for you.

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  3. Replies
    1. That's still in development, for now only manually. Will update here as soon as it's implemented.

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    2. friend but I have understood that to add the stars busuqeda results of google just have to implement the labels microdatos de of http://www.schema.org/AggregateRating

      as an example quedaria
      div
      itemprop="aggregateRating">
      Rated 8/10
      Users: 354,477 votes
      div

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    3. That's true, can do it all manually.

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  4. I tried to register but registration is on Graddit, you can help me?
    My Blog:http://ipsmart.blogspot.com/

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  5. Should I do it for each movie in my website

    http://www.klasfilmler.com

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    1. Relax, google doesn't care about rating snippets any longer for anything but goods reviews.

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  6. Good , I wish that my web , tenga Stars in search results mundimascota.es,

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    1. This method is no longer working. I am preparing and testing another solution, but it's not done yet. I'll publish it in this blog once it's ready.

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  7. and voting of heart or pet (I give the blog administration or I should ahcer first)

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    1. You don't need to give admin access for this. What you need is to host the picture that you want somewhere (graddit does not do that) and replace link to stars with link to your image in graddit code.

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    2. Friend like the star in search results, I need to talk to you , you will be you give me your facebook profile to be aware

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    3. Google discontinued support for this for blogs, so it's no longer relevant.

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    4. Hi,
      did you find other solution?

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    5. Google claims it can read javascript in snippets and build ratings based on it. I tried it and it did not seem to work. It doesn't mean anything though because Google also says they have some (unknown to you or anyone else) criteria that affect whether ratings would show for your site or not. So, answer to your question: not really.

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  8. Thanks for the answer. Maybe it should be in html for Google not in js? For several months, I am looking for a proper plugin for my blog or even template with integrated rating system, but nothing works. There is no plugin for Blogger, which would work just as as those for a Wordpress?

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    1. You can add ratings snippet into HTML with Graddit. The real problem is that Google would not show it in most cases even if it's there. Unless you have an online store or reviews blog, that may still work.

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  9. I've added you in add author
    Please confirm it as soon as possible

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    1. I tried, but your invitation didn't work (showed error when I accepted). Anyhow, Google changed rules for star rich snippets. It will not work for blogs anymore, so don't waste your time.

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