How to Display Google Reviews on WordPress Website [Super Easy Guide]

How to Display Google Reviews on Wordpress Website

If you have a website on WordPress, you’ve reached the right post to get the complete steps to display Google Reviews (also called Google Places Review) on your business website.

Google Surveys show that more than 2/3 of customers are more likely to use products and services of a business that has positive reviews. 

Whether you sell via a website or not, getting good ratings on the big review platforms like Google Places Reviews or Yelp Reviews is critical to your business performance.

In this article, I will walk you through steps on how to add Google reviews to your WordPress website at multiple positions. Let’s get started!

As a business owner, you can claim your business online with Google My Business Account by verifying your location and contact details . After logging in Google My Business, you’ll see a full dashboard that allows you to see tons of management features offered by Google.

This is like the “back-end” of your online business where you can manage all information under these menus. Here, you can also view and reply to your business reviews under Reviews Section.

And what’s more -you can also to embed these reviews and ratings in our WordPress website . And that’s exactly what we are going to do now.

While you may call it Google reviews, Google customer reviews, or Google business reviews, the technical name is Google Places Reviews.

Let’s now look at the steps to show Google Reviews on WordPress Website

How to Display Google Reviews on WordPress Website

Step 1: Create a Google Cloud Platform account

Google Cloud Platform is a group of products and services to enhance your website integration and performance. They offer a free program for starters and users whose usage is staying within its Free Tier.

That said, let’s get started by visiting Google Cloud Platform. It’s easy to use your personal email address to register an account.

Important:

As of June 11, 2018, you have to add a payment method to Google Cloud Platform billing account to access Google core products. This helps Google verify your identity. 

So please go to My Billing Accounts and click Add Billing Account if you haven’t already had one.

Some personal info you should prepare for registration:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Contact email
  • Phone number
  • Payment card info

Please note that Google requires you to upload an image of your physical card. But don’t worry, you can cover all the sensitive details, just make sure your name and 4 last digits are clearly visible.

When you finish this verification process, there will be a new Billing account in the tab.

As long as you have at least one Billing account with Active status, you’re good to go for deploying any available Google Cloud services. 

However, in the scope of this tutorial, you will only need Maps API and Places API. Here we move on to the next step of getting the access key for these APIs.

Step 2: Get Google Places API Key

Step 1: Visit Google Maps Platform and click Get Started.

Step 2: Enable the necessary APIs: Maps and Places

The Maps API helps locate your business, while the Places API provides Place Detail— i.e. comprehensive information about the indicated place including user rating and reviews.

Quick note:

If you are wondering why “Billing is based on usage”, it is part of the Google Cloud offer. As of May 2018, Google Maps Platform grants $200 of monthly usage for free. Therefore, if you are embedding Google Maps and displaying Google reviews on your site, you are always kept within this free tier, meaning you won’t have to pay for using the services.

Step 3: Choose what fits you best, and click Next

Step 4: Copy your API Key

Don’t panic if you haven’t copied the API key in this step. You can always find it in your Google Cloud Console.

In order to utilize these APIs to deliver its recorded data to your WordPress website, you’ll need a third party plugin to help connect Google services and WordPress.

Step 3: Set up the plugin for displaying Google reviews

There are multiple WordPress plugins to help you do this. In this tutorial, I’m using Google Places Reviews Pro plugin as it is a feature-rich and best rated plugin on Codecanyon.

While the plugin is a paid option, it offers notable features to showcase Google reviews in multiple positions with your own designs:

  • Body: display reviews in main content in posts/pages
  • Sidebar: add Google Places badge and top reviews
  • Footer: show favorable reviews
  • Link: insert “Review us on Google” link in text or image

Now that you’ve activated the plugin, a Google Reviews menu item is added to your WordPress dashboard. Please go to Settings > General and paste the Google Places API Key that you’ve just copied from the previous step. Then click Save Changes.

Step 4: Add Google reviews to page/post

With this plugin, you can add multiple business locations to display on different sections of your website. 

Step 1: Go to Locations > Add Location

Step 2: Type your business name and address, then pick the correct one from the drop-down

Step 3: Confirm your location and click Save changes

Step 4: Go to Shortcode > Select a location

Here you have lots of options to filter the reviews, limit text display, and edit the box design. So go ahead and tweak anything you want, and then please click Create shortcode to generate a shortcode to use in any pages or post.

Step 5: Paste the shortcode in a page/post

Step 6: View page/post and enjoy the result

This is how the Google Places reviews box displays on a post.

Step 1: Go to Appearance > Widgets

There are several Google Places reviews widgets over here. Please pick one that suits your website layout.

Step 2: Customize the reviews widget

When you’re happy with all the adjustments, just save changes and now you’re good to go. These widgets can be embedded anywhere on your site. And depending on the space, you can choose to display what are most impressive as social proof.

Here comes the tips and tricks for fresh entrepreneurs.

For those who are running a newly opened business and need to attract more nice reviews, you can reach out to your visitors or customers to ask for it. It is a hidden feature that you can create a unique Google review link for your store, restaurant, or service location.

Best use cases for Google review link:

  • Share it via social media
  • Include it in your Thank you emails
  • Insert it in text, image, button on your site

Here’s how to create a link for customers to write reviews and apply it in a user-friendly button in WooCommerce emails.

Step 1: Find the location’s Place ID

Please visit Place ID Finder. Type your business address and pin-point the location. When clicking on that location, you will see its Google Place ID as an alphanumeric string.

Here’s the link format: https://search.google.com/local/writereview?placeid=ChIJwYFDqeZj24ARPHFhIDLVgz0

Just replace the placeid value with your own Place ID and you will have your unique business review link.

If you want to take it further than your sidebar and footer, you can embed the link in a button in WooCommerce transactional emails. A free WooCommerce email customizer like YayMail can help you do that.

It allows you to drag and drop to add a button with a URL. You can also customize the button styling to fit best with your brand scheme color.

Easy peasy, huh? 

Now you can send the email and ask for your customers to leave a review.

Anyone clicking on your link will be directed to your business location and asked to leave a review. This is how it looks on the user screen. 

They can set the rating, write their opinions, upload images and endorse your business.

That’s cool, huh?

Ending thoughts

It is not a secret that beautiful and positive Google Places reviews will take your online storefront to the next level.

With the help of Google Places Reviews plugin, you can display the selected best reviews on your WordPress website. You can even insert a Google review link into your WooCommerce emails to ask for nice reviews.

Have you applied these blog monetization tips and tricks for your WordPress site? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.


Author bio:

Thuy Nguyen is an online marketer and professional blogger. When not creating content for YayCommerce.com, she can most often be found at some cafés in town, reading Graphic Guides, or enjoying a good laugh with The Big Bang Theory.


Best Alternatives to WordPress Media Library Assistant

Best alternatives to WordPress media library assistant

Typically, blogging on WordPress means sharing stories and opinions using text and media. The fact that those videos, images and documents are constantly uploaded to the WordPress media library means they have to be well-organized. Otherwise, all of them through time could mix up, and it’s becoming harder and harder to find the right file or make adjustments to older posts.

What is WordPress media library?

It is like the home to all the media you used in your blog. Everytime you upload a picture to that library, WordPress keeps it in the year- and month-based folders. You are not allowed to see that folder structure in the admin dashboard. Only when you access via FTP or have installed a file manager plugin like Filester will you see its categorization system.

And this kind of categorization is not useful at all. If you don’t remember exactly when you uploaded the file, it takes some time to sort through the media library to get it.

Imagine how hard it is when you have some thousands of pictures in the WordPress media library after you’ve blogged for years!

That’s why numerous media library plugins are developed targeting WordPress content management enhancement, amongst all things. Media Library Assistant is a good one for that purpose, but it’s not totally great due to non-updating resources and very hard to use UI/UX. When opting to use it, you have to prepare yourself with extreme caution because you might do the code and tags wrong.

In today’s article, I’m happy to list 5 best plugins to help you manage WordPress media library better with folders, multisite sharing and SEO-positive media content.

Criteria for choosing a great WordPress media library assistant plugin

A good media organizer should have these features to enhance file management:

  • Ease of use: user can take actions in a click or drag and drop to arrange files
  • Being well-maintained: the plugin developers should offer support and respond to bug reports
  • Frequent updates: WordPress has changed a lot over the years and so should the plugins
  • Smooth performance: all operations should run quickly and seamlessly

Now let’s hop on the list you are here for.

FileBird

The core feature of FileBird is that it creates folders to contain media files. Upon activation, it adds a left sidebar showing your media folder list, just how you see it on your computer. From then on, you can bulk select files and drag & drop them to the destination folder.

Think about these folders as tags or categories, they add no weight to your images or page/post. And it makes no changes to how all inserted photos or galleries display on the front-end.

With FileBird lite version, you can create up to 10 folders with many premium features. 

When you’re ready to go big and wild, let’s say after some time running a blog for free you would want to monetize it by opening an online store, FileBird pro with unlimited folders would be a great help. It adds advanced filtering and sort functions to help you easily organize all products, brand images and marketing pictures.

Plus, it has a very good rating on Codecanyon as 4.9/5 based on 308 reviews.

Features:

  • Smart context menu: right-click to see folder options
  • Drag and drop UI
  • Enhanced bulk select for files and folders
  • Fast & excellent support from Ninja Team

Organize Media Library by Folders

This plugin allows you to create categories for media files by adding folders to /wp-content/uploads/. It views uploads folder as a root folder and from there you can add sub-folders. This action can change the URL path that points to the file.

The good thing I love about this plugin is Katsushi Kawamori sharpens on assisting WordPress media library so much that he creates many other category-related plugins including Extend Media Upload, Moving Media Library, Simple Masonry Gallery and so on.

If you can familiarize yourself with one of his plugins, it’ll be very easy to get to know how other plugins work.

But don’t take my words for it, please take time to see his screenshots and walk-through videos before using (yes, he does have many of them, just that they’re quite a silent demonstration!). You will surely get a crisp imagination on what’s to do next.

For WordPress newbie users, this plugin is not highly rated for the ease of use. So please use it when you’re ready to explore new possibilities.

Features:

  • Lightweight and fast
  • Simple to use
  • Works in list and grid view
  • Extendable and goes well with other plugins of the same developer

Also Read: How to Display Google Reviews on WordPress Website

Media Library Filter

Here comes another interesting plugin that adds taxonomies and terms to posts, pages and custom post types. This is a very flexible solution for those who want to enforce a systematically classified media structure.

After activated, the plugin adds two convenient drop-down menu items to the top of your WordPress media library. From there you can choose to add categories and tags to all uploaded files.

The downside to the Media library filter plugin is that it only supports media list view. But let’s hope the developers will extend it to hold grid mode, as many of us still favour grid view over list display. 

This media library filter is suitable for bloggers who got a fresh start in affiliate marketing. Very useful for affiliate products on WooCommerce stores.

Features:

  • Flexible and easy
  • Unlimited categories and filters
  • Supports pages, posts and CPTs

Media Sync

This is not an all-in-one solution for WordPress media library but it’s worth using when you need to import media in bulk to WooCommerce products.

Media Sync makes it easy to find a specific file you FTP’ed. It highlights what you have uploaded and allows you to proceed to import to the database after you moved to a new server.

It provides a smooth and seamless experience to get back all the previously uploaded media contents without having to pay for a WordPress expert to do that for you.

Features:

  • Easy to config
  • Synch sub-directories
  • Generate thumbnails of newly imported files
  • Assist migrating from local hard disk to online environment

Imsanity

Imsanity is a feature-rich plugin for assisting media libraries in many different aspects, especially search engine optimization.

If your page/post size is too large and loading time takes too long, you might not rank as well in the search engines. That is why it is important to optimize your pictures and this is where Imsanity comes to help. 

It automatically reduces the image dimensions and file size on your WordPress-powered web pages. This is a highly practical help for photographers, designers, restaurants, food and wine magazines, and other media-extensive bloggers.

Imsanity is best rated for its performance and productivity.

Features:

  • Lighter file size without detrimental quality
  • Bulk resizing
  • Built-in file format conversion
  • Compatible with all major themes and plugins

Sum up

Choosing the right developer or plugin author to replace WordPress media library assistant takes a lot of time testing back and forth. 

Whether you’re blogging on your own or you’re creating a blog for someone else, getting the most flawless plugins installed will boost your content creation process. Hence, it would be much easier to monetize, extend or even sell your blog later on. 

FileBird is the best media library plugin for image folders, while Imsanity is the best to optimize them all. Both of them go well with GeneratePress, which are equally clean, light, and easy to use.


Author bio:

Thuy Nguyen is an online marketer and professional blogger. When not creating content for YayCommerce, she can most often be found at some cafés in town, reading Graphic Guides, or enjoying a good laugh with The Big Bang Theory.