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How to get Ratings Stars in Google.

get stars in googleLooking good in Google is not just about vanity. By having Google ratings stars, you are telling search engine users that they can interact or vote on your content or products. This shows visitor engagement on your website and will likely lead to an increase in your click-through-rate (CTR) within the search results (i.e. people are more likely to click on your site link when a star rating is applied versus a search engine snippet that has no stars). And because the stars that appear in the search engine pages take up an extra line of space, it draws extra attention to your listing, especially if your competitors don’t have stars. Search engine users also attach more trust to companies with search engine snippets ratings, even if they only achieve a one-star rating.

Google, Bing, Yahoo and Yandex all support star rating in search results, also known as rich snippets. A collaboration between these search engines has lead to the creation of the project, whereby a shared markup vocabulary has been developed to help webmasters to easily add structured data to their web pages that all  search engines should be able to understand.

Most webmasters are familiar with the HTML tags on their web pages. The HTML tags tell the web browser how to display the information within the tags, but they don’t give any information about what the text within tags mean. This is where markup comes in – the extra tags, along with microdata format adds information to HTML content.

For instance, if you hosted a web site that sold Stanley Kubrick DVDs, you might have the following HTML tag on your web page:


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Bing Maps SDK for Windows Store Apps Available Today

Bing maps sdkMicrosoft announced this morning that the Bing Maps SDK for Windows Store apps is now available, combining the power of Windows 8 and Bing™ Maps to provide an improved mapping experience. These SDK’s will allow developers to control and harness the power of Maps by enabling incorporation of the latest road maps and aerial views into a Windows Store app. The SDK includes controls for apps built using JavaScript, as well as apps built using C#, C++, and Visual Basic, and requires a Bing Maps Key for a Windows Store app.

Depending on the type of application that developers are wanting to build, Bing offer two options:

Bing Maps for Javascript

  • intended for users familiar with AJAX web control. There are a few differences in loading modules locally but otherwise is very similar in features and functionality to its web counterpart. You should be able to port over your existing web experience using maps into the Windows Store. There may be some restrictions in certain markets. For new users of Maps it is recommended that they go to the iSDK site where they can test drive the API.

Bing Maps for C#, C++, and Visual Basic

  • this version provides support for pushpins/polylines/polygons, landmarks, venue maps, traffic and Synth view map style. With Bing’s own client renderer, the SDK takes advantage of the Windows 8 platform to provide a  smooth and responsive map experience on x86, x64 or ARM platforms.

Along with this release, Microsoft have created a new Maps key type called ‘Windows Store app’. This key should be used when building new apps with the Bing Maps for Windows Store Apps API. You can get the new Maps key at the Bing Maps Account Centre.

Below are some useful links to get more information and provide feedback: