Product Schema: Pros/cons of using self-collected reviews in the "reviews" field

mfcss
Explorer
54 6 13

We have a setup where we have numerous case studies from our customers incl. testimonials from them. Many of these are specific to one of our products and we thought it would be sensible to include these in the "reviews" section of the Product Schema markup.

 

However, it is unclear to us if there is a practical downside to doing this and if it can result in penalties from Google.

 

From what we can gather, the idea is that the "review" and "aggregateRating" fields should be somehow linked to a review automation tool that is beyond our control. In practice, however, we assume this is very rarely the case for Shopify webshops (e.g. most review tools allow for moderation). 

 

Does anyone have insight into whether there is in reality any difference from a SEO and penalty perspective between using e.g. a Shopify review tool vs. manually adding reviews from customers (which are visibly shown on the product page)?

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sinadabiri
Shopify Partner
23 0 1

I don't think there is any downside on Google's view per se for adding reviews by yourself.  Just if you want to display ratings and some review info of your product page on the Google organic search results (yes it improves your SEO and google ranking), then you should make sure to have Google's review snippet in your product page as well. 

 

But some notes:

  1. Why not use a product review app from the Shopify app store, and import your manual reviews using the app. Some apps (including our review app) does this seamlessly. You just need to put your reviews in a spreadsheet and click a button. So basically, you can use an app to collect reviews both on autopilot or importing from a spreadsheet. 
  2. That Google review snippet (that I mentioned above) can also be handled by some review apps. So literally you don't need to do anything, and the app handles it automatically. We're adding this feature in a couple of weeks (currently we're testing it). 

The link to our app (it's free for all features):  https://apps.shopify.com/farout-1

 

Let me know if you have any further questions about either your current issue or our app. Happy to help!

ilanadavis
Shopify Expert
53 7 13

You cannot take testimonials (company reviews) and turn them into a product review even. Testimonials are not product specific and even if Google did award you Rich Snippets temporarily, you are at risk of a manual action from Google.

 

In order to receive the Review Rich Snippets, reviews must be submitted directly through the site (e.g. using a review app). Though you can migrate reviews from one app to another and you can approve or decline reviews, you cannot modify the review.

 

If you want to be able to utilize Review Rich Snippets for product search enhancements, you'll need to install a review app.

Ilana Davis, a Shopify Superhero working with e-commerce shops to remove friction from the buying process.
Owner of JSON-LD for SEO, a Shopify app that adds structured data to your theme, getting you more organic traffic through Rich Results.