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    Schema: Reviews + Authorship

    Hey All,

    Just been wondering recently if authorship and reviews stars can both show up if they are implemented. We have clients with authorship marked up. I'm sure you know how I'm a big fan of authorship from this post that I did.

    I'm wondering if you implement both authorship along with "5 star reviews" mark-up, whether they both will show together.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Schema: Reviews + Authorship

    Great question Nick. Curious minds want to know...

    I don't think I've seen organic review stars in local results for awhile. They showed for awhile, then didn't for awhile, then were sort of spotty off and on. Not saying they don't show any more, just that I haven't noticed them lately.
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    Re: Schema: Reviews + Authorship

    Thanks Linda. That's another good point and question that has thrown up. Do the review stars show on the local results? I know how to make them appear for the organic results, but not sure about Local.

    Now, we have authorship showing up for the Local results, which is just awesome I think. I think the local results suffer from not having meta descriptions to entice the clicks, so it's good that they have authorship.

    For a very interesting study on "authorship in local results", check out the study that Mike Blumenthal did late last year:

    What Makes for a Good Author Photo in the Local Results? (Part 1) | Understanding Google Places & Local Search

    What Makes for a Good Author Photo in the Local Results? (Part 2) | Understanding Google Places & Local Search

    Very interesting, and recently we had a study that looked out how Video Rich Snippets change CTR:

    blumenthals.com/blog/2013/03/13/video-snippets-vs-author-images/
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    Re: Schema: Reviews + Authorship

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick.SEOSpark View Post
    Thanks Linda. That's another good point and question that has thrown up. Do the review stars show on the local results? I know how to make them appear for the organic results, but not sure about Local.
    hReview stars USED to show up in Local. Check out this example of DOUBLE stars back when the Places review stars still showed up! (Posted originally at: Double Google Places Review Stars – How to Stand Out with a 10 Star Rating)

    DOUBLE REVIEW STARS + BIGGER BLENDED LISTING (click for full size)

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    I got one of my Dentist a #1 local blended in the A spot with DOUBLE gold stars. So he had 10 stars and REALLY stood out. But that was short lived and G stopped showing the hReview stars in blended.
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    Re: Schema: Reviews + Authorship

    Thanks Linda. I've always liked that post of yours - one of my faves. Red Hat SEO! How cool I'm all about brightening up the results!

    Do you know if (on the organic results), authorship and review stars show together if you implement both?
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    Re: Schema: Reviews + Authorship

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick.SEOSpark View Post
    Do you know if (on the organic results), authorship and review stars show together if you implement both?
    I believe they do:

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    It won't work for organic results for a homepage, though. The review stars for homepages haven't shown in local or in organic since last year.

    Let's hear it for Professor Maps!

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    Re: Schema: Reviews + Authorship

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Rozek View Post
    I believe they do:

    Name:  boj-hreview-and-authorship.jpg
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    It won't work for organic results for a homepage, though. The review stars for homepages haven't shown in local or in organic since last year.

    Let's hear it for Professor Maps!
    Nice example, Phil. It looks like that particular page is using both a rel=author markup and an hreview aggregate markup. I'm not sure how many schemas Google will show in search results, but having a page marked up with various ones does not cause any confusion on their part. So I say mark them up with whatever schemas fit, Nick.

    By the way, Phil, is that one of your clients? If so, nice job in adding the Yelp, CitySearch, and Google+ links with the logos to that testimonials page. I like to do the same myself and I think that it accomplishes two things: first, it makes it very easy for customers to leave reviews with the direct link, and second, the links create a nice "network" of connections for search engines to see. So either way, that page is a nice example of what to do with schemas and review links.
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    Re: Schema: Reviews + Authorship

    @David

    Nope, that's Mike Blumenthal's client (hence the Professor Maps reference ).

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    Re: Schema: Reviews + Authorship

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Rozek View Post
    @David

    Nope, that's Mike Blumenthal's client (hence the Professor Maps reference ).
    Ah. Well it's a great example of what to include in a testimonials or review page. Great stuff.
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    Re: Schema: Reviews + Authorship

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Rozek View Post
    I believe they do:

    Name:  boj-hreview-and-authorship.jpg
Views: 651
Size:  49.1 KB

    It won't work for organic results for a homepage, though. The review stars for homepages haven't shown in local or in organic since last year.

    Let's hear it for Professor Maps!
    Thanks for the example from Professor Maps Phil!

    On the subject of review stars showing, I know how to add them for "Organic" (home page), but you have to use a method that is slightly different to the "norm". Does everyone know what I'm talking about?

    Basically, having a specific schema code reference to the "testimonials" page (from the home page). Let me know if you guys do this, and I'm happy to share the specific code if anyone wants it..
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