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Hello lovely WAers

I am currently building a driving service site as a local business and I would like to offer my customers a way to communicate with me via WhatsApp vi

there are some great insights below for you Louise. I do agree with Phil, there are better options for communication available to you. good luck

I agree with Phil. Whats App has a lot of scram calls I get them on my mobile all the time.

Elke

I agree 100% with Phil’s statement below.

-Mike

This is just my opinion, but I think you'd be asking to be inundated with scam phone calls. I'd be implementing a simple Contact Me form where you can control the communication.

I agree with you on this, Phil.

Have decided rather have a link to a Facebook page where the WhatsApp button will be.

Thank you for your sage advice 😊

You're welcome, Louise. Good luck with it.

Hi Phil, I have a simple contact me form on my website with a recaptcha but if I get any scams or spammers. I am going to remove it. I have had an experience where that happened too on my previous site. Even in comments but you are right, we can control the communication in those spaces.

Yes you can. You can use this WP Social Chat (former name) new name is Click To Chat App plugin for WordPress that includes WhatsApp

Thank you, Brenda 🤍
Have you made use of this?

No, but I read about it on someone's else blog. Honest, I am not a social media freak. I only use a few like YouTube, Instagram, and LinkedIn. I am not wild about using Facebook or WhatsApp reason is because of hackers, spammers, and scammers entering that space. I had an issue with my Instagram account being hacked into. It's one of the perils of using social media so this is why I use it to its limit.

I hear you. Bluming scammers are everywhere it seems. I am wary of having WhatsApp on my site to be honest - for the same reasons. Not sure how else a customer can book a ride though.

Considering my target market is older ladies, I doubt they will even look for a website. More likely to look for me on Facebook. Perhaps that's the link I should have on the site rather. 🤨

I would just try it. See if it works. Most seniors would not have access to social media. I am a senior myself. Old lady LOL, nearly 60. Right they wouldn't look at a website. They would know how to use the phone. Even some use an app.

My Mom is 82 years old, we had to teach her how to use the app for ordering food and getting a ride from Lyft or Uber. My Mom has a hard time remembering which is which. She would hand the phone to my siblings. They will do it for her.

Another one is to use a booking app. I thought I saw a software app that you can add -called "Book Rides Online." you have to pay for that service. My friend, Patti who is a limo driver, owns her own limo business and uses this service that is how I know about it. It's for limo but not sure about others. Facebook is good idea. You will have to keep searching to figure out what works.

Haha! You and me both - I'll be 60 in November - how did that happen so fast?

I've decided to go with a link to Facebook and then added a WhatsApp button there.

I'm going to be promoting the business in person (the good old-fashioned way) by calling on retirement villages, churches, libraries, gyms, opticians, doctors, pharmacies etc, and ladies' groups of course (crochet, knitting, crafts).

It'll get me out and about which will be great too. Word of mouth is also a better option with the oldies.

I had not realized we were the same age, so that means you are about maybe a month older than me I will be 60 in the middle of December 2023. The only difference you still can drive, I can't. I use my electric wheelchair as my car but too bad it doesn't have a Harley Davidson motor in it. Varooom! I like your word-of-mouth advertising and use of Facebook. Best wishes to you.

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Is it possible to have a whatsapp button on my website?

Is it possible to have a whatsapp button on my website?

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Everything Wordpress

Hello lovely WAers

I am currently building a driving service site as a local business and I would like to offer my customers a way to communicate with me via WhatsApp vi

there are some great insights below for you Louise. I do agree with Phil, there are better options for communication available to you. good luck

I agree with Phil. Whats App has a lot of scram calls I get them on my mobile all the time.

Elke

I agree 100% with Phil’s statement below.

-Mike

This is just my opinion, but I think you'd be asking to be inundated with scam phone calls. I'd be implementing a simple Contact Me form where you can control the communication.

I agree with you on this, Phil.

Have decided rather have a link to a Facebook page where the WhatsApp button will be.

Thank you for your sage advice 😊

You're welcome, Louise. Good luck with it.

Hi Phil, I have a simple contact me form on my website with a recaptcha but if I get any scams or spammers. I am going to remove it. I have had an experience where that happened too on my previous site. Even in comments but you are right, we can control the communication in those spaces.

Yes you can. You can use this WP Social Chat (former name) new name is Click To Chat App plugin for WordPress that includes WhatsApp

Thank you, Brenda 🤍
Have you made use of this?

No, but I read about it on someone's else blog. Honest, I am not a social media freak. I only use a few like YouTube, Instagram, and LinkedIn. I am not wild about using Facebook or WhatsApp reason is because of hackers, spammers, and scammers entering that space. I had an issue with my Instagram account being hacked into. It's one of the perils of using social media so this is why I use it to its limit.

I hear you. Bluming scammers are everywhere it seems. I am wary of having WhatsApp on my site to be honest - for the same reasons. Not sure how else a customer can book a ride though.

Considering my target market is older ladies, I doubt they will even look for a website. More likely to look for me on Facebook. Perhaps that's the link I should have on the site rather. 🤨

I would just try it. See if it works. Most seniors would not have access to social media. I am a senior myself. Old lady LOL, nearly 60. Right they wouldn't look at a website. They would know how to use the phone. Even some use an app.

My Mom is 82 years old, we had to teach her how to use the app for ordering food and getting a ride from Lyft or Uber. My Mom has a hard time remembering which is which. She would hand the phone to my siblings. They will do it for her.

Another one is to use a booking app. I thought I saw a software app that you can add -called "Book Rides Online." you have to pay for that service. My friend, Patti who is a limo driver, owns her own limo business and uses this service that is how I know about it. It's for limo but not sure about others. Facebook is good idea. You will have to keep searching to figure out what works.

Haha! You and me both - I'll be 60 in November - how did that happen so fast?

I've decided to go with a link to Facebook and then added a WhatsApp button there.

I'm going to be promoting the business in person (the good old-fashioned way) by calling on retirement villages, churches, libraries, gyms, opticians, doctors, pharmacies etc, and ladies' groups of course (crochet, knitting, crafts).

It'll get me out and about which will be great too. Word of mouth is also a better option with the oldies.

I had not realized we were the same age, so that means you are about maybe a month older than me I will be 60 in the middle of December 2023. The only difference you still can drive, I can't. I use my electric wheelchair as my car but too bad it doesn't have a Harley Davidson motor in it. Varooom! I like your word-of-mouth advertising and use of Facebook. Best wishes to you.

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Social Engagement & Marketing

Hi everyone

I am putting together a social media strategy for an NPO (children's home) and downloaded a strategy template from Backlinko.

Would you recommend Back

Hey Louise,

I would assume that Backlinko's template would be fantastic, especially if it was created by Brian Dean (don't forget Brian sold Backlinko to semrush last year).

As for SimilarWeb, I have only ever used it to check things like traffic for competitors (although I've found it to be wildly inaccurate).

I do know that Wild Apricot (name of the website) has a lot of great stuff about social media strategy for NPO's, which also includes things like Facebook Funding for NPOs.

Just Google something like

Social Media Strategy NPO + WildApricot

For competitive research you can use free versions of semrush, ahrefs, ubersuggest, although your searches will be limited.

You can also plug other website urls into Jaaxy and get a list of keywords.

It really depends on what you want from these "online tools"...

Please expand on this Louise, Louise, Louise?? LOL

Partha

Partha! Partha! Partha!
Always questions, lol!
Thank you for your valuable input.
The main reason for my questions is to get valuable input and avoid the rabbit holes that I normally end up in. 🐰
You've helped me avoid that and I really appreciate your help. 🤍

This is what cat GTP answers

There are many online tools available that can help Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) achieve their goals and make a positive impact. Here are some of the most popular and useful tools for NPOs:

- Mailchimp: This is a popular email marketing platform that can help NPOs send newsletters, promotional emails, and fundraising appeals to their supporters.
- Google Suite: This is a collection of tools that includes Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendar, and more. It is a great way for NPOs to communicate and collaborate effectively with their team members.
- Donorbox: This is a fundraising platform that can help NPOs accept donations online. It is user-friendly, easy to set up, and includes features such as recurring donations, donation forms, and more.
- Slack: This is a communication tool that can help NPOs stay connected with their team members. It allows for real-time messaging, file sharing, and more.
- Trello: This is a project management tool that can help NPOs keep track of their tasks, projects, and deadlines. It is user-friendly, customizable, and great for collaboration.
- Hootsuite: This is a social media management platform that can help NPOs manage their social media presence, schedule posts, and track engagement.
- Canva: This is a graphic design tool that can help NPOs create professional-looking graphics for their website, social media, and marketing materials.

These are just a few of the many online tools available to NPOs.

Choosing the right tools will depend on the specific needs and goals of the NPO, but these are some of the most popular and useful tools that can help NPOs achieve their goals and make a positive impact.

uh...

Thank you, Fleeky - great ideas here, very helpful 😊

I would love to implement a collaboration tool, but sadly not many people will make use of it. Being the person driving social media and online presence for fundraising, I may just do it to track my activities and make it available for other board members to log in if they want to see what I am up to.

Thank you so much again 🤍

Glad you liked IT
😋

Most of those tools give access to members..

on tablets, there are several great apps also. .. and since the chat GPT is buzzzzzy, i can not ask

But google gives you plenty of new ideas...

Especially this one stands out:
https://www.google.com/nonprofits/


😜

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What online tools would you recommend for an npo?

What online tools would you recommend for an npo?

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Social Engagement & Marketing

Hi everyone

I am putting together a social media strategy for an NPO (children's home) and downloaded a strategy template from Backlinko.

Would you recommend Back

Hey Louise,

I would assume that Backlinko's template would be fantastic, especially if it was created by Brian Dean (don't forget Brian sold Backlinko to semrush last year).

As for SimilarWeb, I have only ever used it to check things like traffic for competitors (although I've found it to be wildly inaccurate).

I do know that Wild Apricot (name of the website) has a lot of great stuff about social media strategy for NPO's, which also includes things like Facebook Funding for NPOs.

Just Google something like

Social Media Strategy NPO + WildApricot

For competitive research you can use free versions of semrush, ahrefs, ubersuggest, although your searches will be limited.

You can also plug other website urls into Jaaxy and get a list of keywords.

It really depends on what you want from these "online tools"...

Please expand on this Louise, Louise, Louise?? LOL

Partha

Partha! Partha! Partha!
Always questions, lol!
Thank you for your valuable input.
The main reason for my questions is to get valuable input and avoid the rabbit holes that I normally end up in. 🐰
You've helped me avoid that and I really appreciate your help. 🤍

This is what cat GTP answers

There are many online tools available that can help Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) achieve their goals and make a positive impact. Here are some of the most popular and useful tools for NPOs:

- Mailchimp: This is a popular email marketing platform that can help NPOs send newsletters, promotional emails, and fundraising appeals to their supporters.
- Google Suite: This is a collection of tools that includes Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendar, and more. It is a great way for NPOs to communicate and collaborate effectively with their team members.
- Donorbox: This is a fundraising platform that can help NPOs accept donations online. It is user-friendly, easy to set up, and includes features such as recurring donations, donation forms, and more.
- Slack: This is a communication tool that can help NPOs stay connected with their team members. It allows for real-time messaging, file sharing, and more.
- Trello: This is a project management tool that can help NPOs keep track of their tasks, projects, and deadlines. It is user-friendly, customizable, and great for collaboration.
- Hootsuite: This is a social media management platform that can help NPOs manage their social media presence, schedule posts, and track engagement.
- Canva: This is a graphic design tool that can help NPOs create professional-looking graphics for their website, social media, and marketing materials.

These are just a few of the many online tools available to NPOs.

Choosing the right tools will depend on the specific needs and goals of the NPO, but these are some of the most popular and useful tools that can help NPOs achieve their goals and make a positive impact.

uh...

Thank you, Fleeky - great ideas here, very helpful 😊

I would love to implement a collaboration tool, but sadly not many people will make use of it. Being the person driving social media and online presence for fundraising, I may just do it to track my activities and make it available for other board members to log in if they want to see what I am up to.

Thank you so much again 🤍

Glad you liked IT
😋

Most of those tools give access to members..

on tablets, there are several great apps also. .. and since the chat GPT is buzzzzzy, i can not ask

But google gives you plenty of new ideas...

Especially this one stands out:
https://www.google.com/nonprofits/


😜

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Getting Started

Hello again everyone

Dale helped me find what I was looking for - here is the answer:

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/classes/subscriptions

Thank you all

Hi LouiseBT, The best advice that I can give you is when you click on the home screen for WA there is a training button click on that it should get you will you need to get to.

I hope that this helps you out. Also another piece of advice there is also a button on the top and just click on that and it will take you to any of the classes that have been done so far.

Mary

Glad you found the answer. :-)

Awesome!

Think that you have the answer.

I do indeed, thank you, Edwin 😁

How's anyone answer good for you and mine isn't?

i don't think there is a system in place for scheduling or marking a class for future or past...
i think the best would be to use the bookmark system and add maybe a date where you have scheduled to watch the class from the past...
using the tag as the date to watch it...
or even setting up a calendar with hyperlinks to the ones you want to watch...
it maybe worth seeing if this is of interest to Kyle as an addition to the 'features' of the classes...
I hope you find an answer Louise....

Can you not use the "Subscriptions" button in the left-hand menu on the classes page? That seems to show current & past subscriptions. Or are you looking for something else?

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/classes/subscriptions That is exactly it! 😎 Thank you so much, Dale!

You're welcome :)

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Answer to: how can I subscribe to training to make sure I don't miss it even in another time zone?

Answer to: how can I subscribe to training to make sure I don't miss it even in another time zone?

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Getting Started

Hello again everyone

Dale helped me find what I was looking for - here is the answer:

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/classes/subscriptions

Thank you all

Hi LouiseBT, The best advice that I can give you is when you click on the home screen for WA there is a training button click on that it should get you will you need to get to.

I hope that this helps you out. Also another piece of advice there is also a button on the top and just click on that and it will take you to any of the classes that have been done so far.

Mary

Glad you found the answer. :-)

Awesome!

Think that you have the answer.

I do indeed, thank you, Edwin 😁

How's anyone answer good for you and mine isn't?

i don't think there is a system in place for scheduling or marking a class for future or past...
i think the best would be to use the bookmark system and add maybe a date where you have scheduled to watch the class from the past...
using the tag as the date to watch it...
or even setting up a calendar with hyperlinks to the ones you want to watch...
it maybe worth seeing if this is of interest to Kyle as an addition to the 'features' of the classes...
I hope you find an answer Louise....

Can you not use the "Subscriptions" button in the left-hand menu on the classes page? That seems to show current & past subscriptions. Or are you looking for something else?

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/classes/subscriptions That is exactly it! 😎 Thank you so much, Dale!

You're welcome :)

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Website Development & Programming

Hi awesome peeps

I have been receiving some very strange comments on my website. I don't waste much time on them and usually hit "Trash".

But, I am now wondering

Hi, Louise

Check out this reference: https://wordpress.com/support/comments/#unwanted-comments-and-comment-spam

My understanding is that marking a comment as spam flags it for Akismet, the spam filter that WordPress uses.

If you put a comment in trash, you bypass this process.

That being said, the spam filter alone does not seem to be very effective.

Therefore, I put the commenter's IP address in the blacklist window (under discussion) and mark the comment as spam.

That seems to work for me without adding an additional plugin. However, I'm only getting about 12 to 13K site visits/month. When my traffic doubles that it may no longer be effective.

Frank

Thank you, Frank. I appreciate your assistance.

I need to put the commenter's IP addresses in the blacklist window - unfortunately, a couple of the articles on my website are really attracting some trouble.

You’re very welcome, Louise!

Some of these characters use multiple ip addresses, but just keep putting them in the black list before marking spam and you’ll begin to see a difference. 😎

Frank 🎸

Spam is the unwanted incoming stuff that you should be wise not to click on. It could harm your device.

Thank you, Isaiah

I know what Spam is and what trash is, lol.

Maybe it's a language thing when I said "maybe it would be better to spam these comments than to trash them." I was using the words "spam" and "trash" as verbs. As in what action should I take, spam or trash? 😁

Trash is something you want to throw out vs spam is unwanted incoming comments.

Thank you, Abie.

I know what Spam is and what trash is, lol.

Maybe it's a language thing when I said "maybe it would be better to spam these comments than to trash them." I was using the words "spam" and "trash" as verbs. As in what action should I take, spam or trash? 😁

Trash.

If spam, and you have plugins attached, then such comments can educate "intelligent" anti-spam plugins. However, I make sure I do not click any links within, it may send a signal to the spammer, they'd know you are a real person.

Thank you for you notes.

somewhere i read that clicking spam alerted the sender to the fact that you had done it ( if they are a spammer then they know your site is active)
whereas trash just moves it to the trash bin...
i tend to just trash it and look for words my normal visitors would never use and add them t othe list of blocked words...
i know wordpress had an issue that if there was a link in the comments - even if it was not approved - then they could get a backlink...i hope that has been fixed in the munerous updates in wordpress...

Many thanks, Phil.

You were one of the few who understood my questions 😊

Maybe it's a language thing, when I said "maybe it would be better to spam these comments than to trash them." I was, of course, using the words "spam" and "trash" as verbs.

The next question: "What is the difference between spam and trash?" referred to the two words as verbs again. But, what happened is that I received responses telling me what spam is and what trash is, lol!

I need to be more careful with the way I write - it appears that being literal may be the best way to go. As in, "should I mark the comments as spam or trash?" and "what is the difference between marking the comment spam instead of marking it trash?"

Living and learning 😁

i have found that there has been a lot of interpreting questions - that i find simple if you have actually done anything with your site...
but if you are a starter, beginner or not had any spam comments then you don't know how to deal with them...
and adding comments helps with the ranking here...nothing to help on their sites...but that ever slow climb towards that magical ambassadorship...

if you want i could write chapter and verse of what spam and trash is, but i think you probably know...lol

glad it helped, just a shame i can't find the reference i read about the pingback if marked as spam...
the only half reference is that under settings discussion the disallowed comments key adds them to the trash rather than spam - so there must be a difference....

Spam you don't want because it could endanger your PC/ phone. Trash is not bad stuff but stuff you'd rather not sit on. Kind of like sorting your paper mail..

Thank you, Melanie

I know what Spam is and what trash is, lol.

Maybe it's a language thing when I said "maybe it would be better to spam these comments than to trash them." I was using the words "spam" and "trash" as verbs. As in what action should I take, spam or trash? 😁

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What is the difference between spam & trash?

What is the difference between spam & trash?

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Website Development & Programming

Hi awesome peeps

I have been receiving some very strange comments on my website. I don't waste much time on them and usually hit "Trash".

But, I am now wondering

Hi, Louise

Check out this reference: https://wordpress.com/support/comments/#unwanted-comments-and-comment-spam

My understanding is that marking a comment as spam flags it for Akismet, the spam filter that WordPress uses.

If you put a comment in trash, you bypass this process.

That being said, the spam filter alone does not seem to be very effective.

Therefore, I put the commenter's IP address in the blacklist window (under discussion) and mark the comment as spam.

That seems to work for me without adding an additional plugin. However, I'm only getting about 12 to 13K site visits/month. When my traffic doubles that it may no longer be effective.

Frank

Thank you, Frank. I appreciate your assistance.

I need to put the commenter's IP addresses in the blacklist window - unfortunately, a couple of the articles on my website are really attracting some trouble.

You’re very welcome, Louise!

Some of these characters use multiple ip addresses, but just keep putting them in the black list before marking spam and you’ll begin to see a difference. 😎

Frank 🎸

Spam is the unwanted incoming stuff that you should be wise not to click on. It could harm your device.

Thank you, Isaiah

I know what Spam is and what trash is, lol.

Maybe it's a language thing when I said "maybe it would be better to spam these comments than to trash them." I was using the words "spam" and "trash" as verbs. As in what action should I take, spam or trash? 😁

Trash is something you want to throw out vs spam is unwanted incoming comments.

Thank you, Abie.

I know what Spam is and what trash is, lol.

Maybe it's a language thing when I said "maybe it would be better to spam these comments than to trash them." I was using the words "spam" and "trash" as verbs. As in what action should I take, spam or trash? 😁

Trash.

If spam, and you have plugins attached, then such comments can educate "intelligent" anti-spam plugins. However, I make sure I do not click any links within, it may send a signal to the spammer, they'd know you are a real person.

Thank you for you notes.

somewhere i read that clicking spam alerted the sender to the fact that you had done it ( if they are a spammer then they know your site is active)
whereas trash just moves it to the trash bin...
i tend to just trash it and look for words my normal visitors would never use and add them t othe list of blocked words...
i know wordpress had an issue that if there was a link in the comments - even if it was not approved - then they could get a backlink...i hope that has been fixed in the munerous updates in wordpress...

Many thanks, Phil.

You were one of the few who understood my questions 😊

Maybe it's a language thing, when I said "maybe it would be better to spam these comments than to trash them." I was, of course, using the words "spam" and "trash" as verbs.

The next question: "What is the difference between spam and trash?" referred to the two words as verbs again. But, what happened is that I received responses telling me what spam is and what trash is, lol!

I need to be more careful with the way I write - it appears that being literal may be the best way to go. As in, "should I mark the comments as spam or trash?" and "what is the difference between marking the comment spam instead of marking it trash?"

Living and learning 😁

i have found that there has been a lot of interpreting questions - that i find simple if you have actually done anything with your site...
but if you are a starter, beginner or not had any spam comments then you don't know how to deal with them...
and adding comments helps with the ranking here...nothing to help on their sites...but that ever slow climb towards that magical ambassadorship...

if you want i could write chapter and verse of what spam and trash is, but i think you probably know...lol

glad it helped, just a shame i can't find the reference i read about the pingback if marked as spam...
the only half reference is that under settings discussion the disallowed comments key adds them to the trash rather than spam - so there must be a difference....

Spam you don't want because it could endanger your PC/ phone. Trash is not bad stuff but stuff you'd rather not sit on. Kind of like sorting your paper mail..

Thank you, Melanie

I know what Spam is and what trash is, lol.

Maybe it's a language thing when I said "maybe it would be better to spam these comments than to trash them." I was using the words "spam" and "trash" as verbs. As in what action should I take, spam or trash? 😁

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