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I'm 46 and i'm English/American but I reside in Greece now .. where the sun shines. All i need is the security to enjoy it

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Hey All

I have used the WP Product Review Lite plugin for some times now going back to when I first installed it with the Classic Editor.

In the last weeks I have

Yes Chris, I had that Wp product review on my page for a while. Recently, I made some major changes to the page (including removing plugins) and for some reason, I lost the WP product review plugin. Checked in the plugin area, couldn't find it. I then remember someone saying that plugin is no longer in use. (I guess we have to use something similar to it)

Thanks for getting back to me.. Yes i will keep my eyes open for something similar.. for the moment though,, i got rid of it :)

You may try Gutenberg Blocks and Template Library by Otter

Which contains a product review block

https://wordpress.org/plugins/otter-blocks/

You may also review below resource

https://kinsta.com/blog/best-wordpress-review-plugins/

Schema – All In One Schema Rich Snippets was recommended.

https://wordpress.org/plugins/all-in-one-schemaorg-rich-snippets/

Thanks Abie.. I will take a look at these resources!

Chris

You're very welcome.

Hi Chris, the free version has been abandoned and the pro version support exists. But they do not sell pro version any longer. I use pro version in 3 sites and feel uneasy about its future. Have it in 1600 posts.

In one site I also use WP Review Pro by MyThemeShop, similar name but a very different plugin. This has been so for 5 years already. I can recommend it. There are no many good alternatives.

Hey buddy... long long time to talk to you... some years.. I hope you are doing well my friend!

Thanks for the heads up.. I will take a look!

Cheers man

Chris

The usual struggle with Google as you surely know.

ohhh yeah i know... never ending struggles with them

I used WP Product review for a long time but I had to delete it because of all kinds of issues and problems with the plugin. The main reason is that the creators (Themelsle) have discontinued their support and it's no longer available. You can't even download it anymore... I tried to find a replacement to no avail.

Here's what it says on the
https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-product-review/
download page: This plugin has been closed as of August 25, 2021 and is not available for download. This closure is permanent. Reason: Author Request.

Ok.. I guess that will explain the issue

This being the case.. there must be an alternative way to present to audiences something similar I would think???

Really appreciate the update,,,

Thanks my friend!

Chris

I haven't found one yet. I had to resign to "writing" my review and score in the article since last year. If anyone does have a replacement I would love to know about it too. 🙂

OK lets see what happens... as and when :)

Thanks Man!

Chris

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Wp product review lite plugin with the block editor! help?

Wp product review lite plugin with the block editor! help?

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Everything Wordpress

Hey All

I have used the WP Product Review Lite plugin for some times now going back to when I first installed it with the Classic Editor.

In the last weeks I have

Yes Chris, I had that Wp product review on my page for a while. Recently, I made some major changes to the page (including removing plugins) and for some reason, I lost the WP product review plugin. Checked in the plugin area, couldn't find it. I then remember someone saying that plugin is no longer in use. (I guess we have to use something similar to it)

Thanks for getting back to me.. Yes i will keep my eyes open for something similar.. for the moment though,, i got rid of it :)

You may try Gutenberg Blocks and Template Library by Otter

Which contains a product review block

https://wordpress.org/plugins/otter-blocks/

You may also review below resource

https://kinsta.com/blog/best-wordpress-review-plugins/

Schema – All In One Schema Rich Snippets was recommended.

https://wordpress.org/plugins/all-in-one-schemaorg-rich-snippets/

Thanks Abie.. I will take a look at these resources!

Chris

You're very welcome.

Hi Chris, the free version has been abandoned and the pro version support exists. But they do not sell pro version any longer. I use pro version in 3 sites and feel uneasy about its future. Have it in 1600 posts.

In one site I also use WP Review Pro by MyThemeShop, similar name but a very different plugin. This has been so for 5 years already. I can recommend it. There are no many good alternatives.

Hey buddy... long long time to talk to you... some years.. I hope you are doing well my friend!

Thanks for the heads up.. I will take a look!

Cheers man

Chris

The usual struggle with Google as you surely know.

ohhh yeah i know... never ending struggles with them

I used WP Product review for a long time but I had to delete it because of all kinds of issues and problems with the plugin. The main reason is that the creators (Themelsle) have discontinued their support and it's no longer available. You can't even download it anymore... I tried to find a replacement to no avail.

Here's what it says on the
https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-product-review/
download page: This plugin has been closed as of August 25, 2021 and is not available for download. This closure is permanent. Reason: Author Request.

Ok.. I guess that will explain the issue

This being the case.. there must be an alternative way to present to audiences something similar I would think???

Really appreciate the update,,,

Thanks my friend!

Chris

I haven't found one yet. I had to resign to "writing" my review and score in the article since last year. If anyone does have a replacement I would love to know about it too. 🙂

OK lets see what happens... as and when :)

Thanks Man!

Chris

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Website Development & Programming

Hey All..

Normally when I post new content.. it is indexed within a few minutes after fetching it.... it is always done within a day at the longest.

Over the last

Same with me, it's been terrible.

Ayodeji

Yes, I have noticed the same.

I have posted an article on December 20, 2021, and it is not indexed yet.

I have over 50 posts stuck in Discovered: Not Indexed.

Not sure what to make of this.

Holy Sxxt and I thought mine was a bad situation!

I hope things improve soon Chris, this is all starting to make me wonder if I should be posting anything at the moment.

Yeah, it's a bit of an issue right now.

I'm starting to suspect if it's from WA's hosting.

I really don't know what else to do/try.

I have to Chris.. I have about 10 posts between 5 days and 1 month that are not being indexed no matter how much I request indexing or submitting a new site map.

I have tried requesting indexing too over the last days.. but I guess it will happen when it happens..

I will not waste more time on it and just let them run their course..

At least we know we are not alone and there is nothing wrong with our sites.. let us be grateful for that :)

Thanks

Chris

For sure mate, I think I will do the same!

Hi

Yes many folks are.

However, should get back to normal. At least hoping.

You can try request indexing.

OK good to know it is not only me then,,

Yeah I have tried requesting.. but to no avail.... i guess we just have to wait and see.

Thanks Abie!

Chris

You're very welcome Chris.

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Is anyone else experiencing a delay in indexing?

Is anyone else experiencing a delay in indexing?

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Website Development & Programming

Hey All..

Normally when I post new content.. it is indexed within a few minutes after fetching it.... it is always done within a day at the longest.

Over the last

Same with me, it's been terrible.

Ayodeji

Yes, I have noticed the same.

I have posted an article on December 20, 2021, and it is not indexed yet.

I have over 50 posts stuck in Discovered: Not Indexed.

Not sure what to make of this.

Holy Sxxt and I thought mine was a bad situation!

I hope things improve soon Chris, this is all starting to make me wonder if I should be posting anything at the moment.

Yeah, it's a bit of an issue right now.

I'm starting to suspect if it's from WA's hosting.

I really don't know what else to do/try.

I have to Chris.. I have about 10 posts between 5 days and 1 month that are not being indexed no matter how much I request indexing or submitting a new site map.

I have tried requesting indexing too over the last days.. but I guess it will happen when it happens..

I will not waste more time on it and just let them run their course..

At least we know we are not alone and there is nothing wrong with our sites.. let us be grateful for that :)

Thanks

Chris

For sure mate, I think I will do the same!

Hi

Yes many folks are.

However, should get back to normal. At least hoping.

You can try request indexing.

OK good to know it is not only me then,,

Yeah I have tried requesting.. but to no avail.... i guess we just have to wait and see.

Thanks Abie!

Chris

You're very welcome Chris.

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Social Engagement & Marketing

I wanted to ask this as I have somewhat of a Dilemma.

I was aiming to approach Email Marketing on my website and my niche is aimed at an audience in the US... sports nic

I see your point, friend. But Aweber is trying to protect us from the spam act. I don't think that they would require your home address if you don't want to provide it.

There are lots of ways to do this. You could use a virtual address or a P.O. Box or just put your local post office address if you are not expecting any of your visitors to contact you through the mail.

Here is a link from Aweber, explaining why.
https://blog.aweber.com/articles-tips/postal-addresses-in-your-emails.htm

All the best!

Yeah I absolutely agree for the Spam and I do not blame them for doing it... and to be honest.. I am not at all bothered to offer my address!

I am just worried it will look strange to potential buyers from my site aimed at a market in the US with emails coming from another country..

Maybe puts people off!

I don't see why that would make you worried, friend. I've bought products from the UK and I am residing in the U.S. So, don't think too much of it.
As I've mentioned above, you could get a virtual address that is based in the U.S. and use that for your business address with Aweber.
It's good to test things out to see how they affect your traffic.
All the best!

Thanks so much... appreciate your advice :)

Chris

Furthermore, reading Roy's comment, I am not aware too of disabling, however you may be projecting to your visitors as not being transparent, people want to know who is behind the emails, website, foundation etc.

Folks want to build rapport. Why complicate things?

To my knowledge it cannot be disabled no!

That's right!

You have asked a good question. it has been on my mind too, but I haven´t pursued it. I am living in Norway , but I have seen that most of my audience is in the US.

AbieAJ has some good pointers in his response.

Roy

AWeber does not put your address on the emails, it is only used for the SPAM police. AWeber is required by law to have your addreess. All they put on your actual emails is an "Unsubscribe" link at the bottom.

Hi, Bill. My account in Aweber is showing my address at the bottom of my emails. I am not aware that you can disable it.

Roy

This is not correct to my knowledge.. the information is shown on all emails!

It's the law that every email that goes out has to have a valid physical address. In the United States these laws are covered by the CAN-SPAM Act If you don't adhere to these rules you could land yourself in a lot of costly trouble.

----------------------------------------

Yes, Your Emails Must Have an Address

Take it from me and the FTC: Putting a mailing address on your email is the law and the last thing you want to do is get stuck holding a bill for $42,350 for every email in violation of the CAN-SPAM Act.

Hi

You can hire addresses in the US, cannot think of a company right now, however I do a search on Google.

Many shopify stores do the same, they live in another country and hire a forwarding agent | address in the US. Because some companies would not for example send goods abroad vs inbound.

The forwarding agent would then forward the packages to their clients.

It would be an additional cost, however I'd weigh my options going forward.

Hope this helps.

You'd wanting a physical address vs a P.O. Box I would think. Addresses are shown bottom of emails.

If you are going to be trading in the US, it may be worth also opening a checking account. They would typically ask for credit card, photo ID, and a utility bill.

Some financial institutions do require validating account with a minimum balance maintained monthly.

Ok thanks Abie!

You're very welcome.

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A question on aweber and email marketing. anyone help?

A question on aweber and email marketing. anyone help?

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Social Engagement & Marketing

I wanted to ask this as I have somewhat of a Dilemma.

I was aiming to approach Email Marketing on my website and my niche is aimed at an audience in the US... sports nic

I see your point, friend. But Aweber is trying to protect us from the spam act. I don't think that they would require your home address if you don't want to provide it.

There are lots of ways to do this. You could use a virtual address or a P.O. Box or just put your local post office address if you are not expecting any of your visitors to contact you through the mail.

Here is a link from Aweber, explaining why.
https://blog.aweber.com/articles-tips/postal-addresses-in-your-emails.htm

All the best!

Yeah I absolutely agree for the Spam and I do not blame them for doing it... and to be honest.. I am not at all bothered to offer my address!

I am just worried it will look strange to potential buyers from my site aimed at a market in the US with emails coming from another country..

Maybe puts people off!

I don't see why that would make you worried, friend. I've bought products from the UK and I am residing in the U.S. So, don't think too much of it.
As I've mentioned above, you could get a virtual address that is based in the U.S. and use that for your business address with Aweber.
It's good to test things out to see how they affect your traffic.
All the best!

Thanks so much... appreciate your advice :)

Chris

Furthermore, reading Roy's comment, I am not aware too of disabling, however you may be projecting to your visitors as not being transparent, people want to know who is behind the emails, website, foundation etc.

Folks want to build rapport. Why complicate things?

To my knowledge it cannot be disabled no!

That's right!

You have asked a good question. it has been on my mind too, but I haven´t pursued it. I am living in Norway , but I have seen that most of my audience is in the US.

AbieAJ has some good pointers in his response.

Roy

AWeber does not put your address on the emails, it is only used for the SPAM police. AWeber is required by law to have your addreess. All they put on your actual emails is an "Unsubscribe" link at the bottom.

Hi, Bill. My account in Aweber is showing my address at the bottom of my emails. I am not aware that you can disable it.

Roy

This is not correct to my knowledge.. the information is shown on all emails!

It's the law that every email that goes out has to have a valid physical address. In the United States these laws are covered by the CAN-SPAM Act If you don't adhere to these rules you could land yourself in a lot of costly trouble.

----------------------------------------

Yes, Your Emails Must Have an Address

Take it from me and the FTC: Putting a mailing address on your email is the law and the last thing you want to do is get stuck holding a bill for $42,350 for every email in violation of the CAN-SPAM Act.

Hi

You can hire addresses in the US, cannot think of a company right now, however I do a search on Google.

Many shopify stores do the same, they live in another country and hire a forwarding agent | address in the US. Because some companies would not for example send goods abroad vs inbound.

The forwarding agent would then forward the packages to their clients.

It would be an additional cost, however I'd weigh my options going forward.

Hope this helps.

You'd wanting a physical address vs a P.O. Box I would think. Addresses are shown bottom of emails.

If you are going to be trading in the US, it may be worth also opening a checking account. They would typically ask for credit card, photo ID, and a utility bill.

Some financial institutions do require validating account with a minimum balance maintained monthly.

Ok thanks Abie!

You're very welcome.

See more comments

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Website Development & Programming

I was watching recently a webinar by Jay for Local SEO.. it was the series he made some months ago now.

On this series he mentioned the JSON code and where to put it and

Hey Chris,

See screen prints below...

The issue with how easily JSON is to hack makes it VERY important that you know how to use their code safely. See last screen print below...

Hope you find these answers helpful.

Thanks Trish I am most grateful for this info...

Always nice to hear from you.

Chris

Hi

This would help, talks about Schema Json and local SEO

.
https://www.searchenginejournal.com/how-to-use-schema-for-local-seo-a-complete-guide/294973/

Thanks... by the look of it from this link it is mainly aimed at Local Websites.. thats my take on it anyway!

You may try below resource

https://seo-hacker.com/json-ld-optimize-local-seo/

It is "schema json-ld markup code"

Thanks Abie :)

You're very welcome.

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Json code and its use? any advice?

Json code and its use? any advice?

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Website Development & Programming

I was watching recently a webinar by Jay for Local SEO.. it was the series he made some months ago now.

On this series he mentioned the JSON code and where to put it and

Hey Chris,

See screen prints below...

The issue with how easily JSON is to hack makes it VERY important that you know how to use their code safely. See last screen print below...

Hope you find these answers helpful.

Thanks Trish I am most grateful for this info...

Always nice to hear from you.

Chris

Hi

This would help, talks about Schema Json and local SEO

.
https://www.searchenginejournal.com/how-to-use-schema-for-local-seo-a-complete-guide/294973/

Thanks... by the look of it from this link it is mainly aimed at Local Websites.. thats my take on it anyway!

You may try below resource

https://seo-hacker.com/json-ld-optimize-local-seo/

It is "schema json-ld markup code"