by Janice Wald and Sheeba Elsy
Have you ever seen the WhatsApp icon pictured among social share buttons?
Apps are all the rage today and continuing to gain in popularity.
Actually, according to a recent study, smartphone use is more popular than watching television.
How exciting: WhatsApp has developed an app for your smartphone that will enable you to generate blog traffic.
Clearly, if you want people to learn about your blog, you need to share it.
This article will offer a review of the tool and a tutorial explaining how to use WhatsApp to promote your blog posts.
What is WhatsApp?
WhatsApp is a free smartphone app used to share information.
It currently boasts over 1 billion users in 180 countries. That’s a massive amount of people who’d become aware of your articles if you use WhatsApp to promote your posts.
WhatsApp is an information sharing service that enables you to use the app to share information with individuals or groups.
You can share all sorts of data. Audio recordings, videos, photos, documents, and PDF files are just a few examples. You can even use WhatsApp for texting. According to Webwise.ie, the cost is much cheaper than regular texting since the texts are sent over the Internet.
Writer Sheeba Elsy will give an overview explaining more detailed benefits of using WhatsApp including how to use WhatsApp to blog, and I will share a tutorial explaining how to use it to increase blog traffic and social shares.
According to Webwise.ie, the app is the most successful information sharing app in existence.
NiemanLab.org also attests to the popularity of WhatsApp. The site claims that 40% of all people who use messaging apps use WhatsApp. The blog claims the app is even more popular than Facebook Messenger.
Bloggingio.com offers a strong testimonial for using WhatsApp if you are a blogger:
Bloggers [are going to] love it and you can get thousands of [page views] to your blog. Think of the fact: WhatsApp has more active users than Facebook and you can get quality traffic and leads to your blog because the person in your group is not a bot or fake.
According to Mashable, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg praised WhatsApp when Facebook acquired the app. “WhatsApp is the only widely used app we’ve ever seen that has more engagement and a higher percent of people using it daily than Facebook itself,” Zuckerberg said.
by Sheeba Elsy
Empower your blogging with the green power.
Writing is a passion for many but it gets its due credit when it’s shared with the right people at the right time. Each writing has an end-purpose which could only be fulfilled when read by the people who were really looking for it.
How do we reach our readers? Catch them where we love the most.
Apart from social media, the majority of people are addicted to WhatsApp as it’s the perfect means of personal gratification. Since WhatsApp satisfies many desires, this compulsion to use WhatsApp is easy to understand. For example, the app satisfies a craving for information or a yearning for entertainment.
If you are a blogger, your work is only successful when read by a potential audience without the hindrance of cost and other obstacles. WhatsApp is the standalone epitome for all bloggers to share their creativity in perfect privacy to exact an audience in no time.
Learn how to use the WhatsApp power to the maximum
- Create a WhatsApp group which could hold up to limit of 100 members*.
- Sort the group into different segments with their preferences being their identification.
- Create an article for each segment on regular intervals but share the articles with all so that they share the same to their groups in turn.
- Your blog should always have space to add the WhatsApp symbol when browsed through on the phone.
- Remember to add such numbers at the earliest and add them to the group by welcoming and sending a gratitude message.
- Have a selfless attitude when it comes to sharing articles, try sharing some blog of others bloggers by keeping the taste of each segment in the group.
- Rather than sharing the [post’s entire] URL, try shortening the same by using a bitly link which is pretty short and easy to send.
- It is always recommended to use www.whatsappweb.com rather than a smartphone. Rather than typing, copy and pasting in the group.
- As far as possible, try responding to each response and comment in the group. As far as possible cater to the needs and request of others from time to time.
- Have constant engagement with the members through discussions on topics and the sharing of news etc.
- Link your WhatsApp friends with Social Media like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram etc.
- Not only the main header of an article but also the sub-headers should be shared from time to time to bring more traffic, especially in the form of questions.
Practice the above to make perfect, so try these tips out to know more options. To try it, you need to learn things through experience.
WhatsApp covers the maximum space of your life
Initiated as any other social messenger app, WhatsApp has its own story to tell. Former Yahoo employees, Brian Acton and Jan Koum, initiated the Green app in 2009 when online chatting and the status update were gradually gaining momentum.
WhatsApp makes it easy to ask ‘Whats up?’
- No need to make calls or send lengthy messages to convey your feelings.
- Snippets and attractive illustrations with ready-to-use emoji for all occasion make it a piece-of-cake affair.
- Moreover, it gives the relaxed feeling of privacy for all your group or personal chat.
- No need to bother about forwarding or sharing other people’s messages to your secluded gang giving the least thought to copyright or plagiarism issues.
- Any message, once sent, can always be deleted before it is received.
- Change the color of your wall and also the profile pic as per the character of the group.
What initiated as a user 2.0 version soon gained momentum. Their immediate and positive response to the customers’ concerns about rumors of the leak in privacy element as early as 2009 to the latest upheaval of complaints about the WhatsApp Crash for a day on May 3rd, 2017 contributed to the growth in popularity.
WhatsApp is coming out with…
- Options to format writing like making bold, in italics etc. with a tap and hold which will soon be in your hand.
- It is stated that soon the change in number will be notified to all in the contact list automatically, once the user changes the number without the hassle of intimating all or looking for old contacts.
- Messages once sent will soon have the options to be deleted or revoked before received or read by the receiver.
- UPI or unified payment interface provided by National Payment Corporation of India enabling fund transfer from bank to bank and to mobile is said to be the integration plans of this heart-throbbing app.
- Recent news has declared that some of the models of Nokia, Blackberry has been informed they are shunned out from using this green app.
Advantages of Using WhatsApp
Limelight halo still lingers on the green fellow
In spite of the presence of WeChat, SnapChat, Telegram, Line, and many other in the similar lines, WhatsApp outperforms the rest. Would you like to know why? Possible reasons:
- no subscription fee
- active engagement
- live chat with active readers and immediate responses
- status update with video and images
- works on the resources of the mobile
- access any data at the fastest pace
- works with a range of minimum data
- no third-party interference
- complete privacy
Additional Advantages of Using WhatsApp
Distinguished Delivery indications – The receipt is indicated with one tick. Does it need any further explanation that two tick denotes delivered and ticks turn blue marks read by the receiver? Send a message to a group and you could easily get to know who read it and at what time.
Birds of the same feather flock together – WhatsApp has made connecting so easy that chatting has become a passion among youth and also among people of other age groups. Unlike other social media networks, entering and exiting a group is an exciting event, prompted by a notification announcing all about the act.
Ready-reckoner with full records – All the images, videos, docs, PDFs, and PowerPoints get a back-up automatically as soon as you download. So just keep a heavy memory card in place to store all your precious booties.
Busy schedule makes forgetting a style – You might read a message but forget to reply then blue marker provision enables you to mark it for future. Once you are done, remember to mark it read by swiping to the right.
No eavesdrop at your secret messages –Disable “show preview” making no notifications to appear on the home screen, giving a chance for others to read your messages without your permission or knowledge.
Reply from the drop-up –You can directly reply on the drop-up without entering the app each time you see a notification.
Make calls with data – Activate the low data usage for call option in the setting enabling full data usage only with the WI-FI connectivity.
Use WhatsApp on PC – WhatsApp Web gives the option to chat on the web by visiting the web.whatsapp.com and scan the QR code to sync your mobile with the PC.
Mark your important schedules –You can easily mark important dates and schedule them as per your discretion to get reminders for important appointments and deadlines.
Make calls – Voice messages, calling both video and audio, etc. have made all the more simple and easy to perform on this app.
Route guide – Send the destination in the form Google maps to your friends so that they get back to their desired destination with the guidance of the Google map.
Give priority to your best – You customize your app by pinning prioritized contacts and groups on the top so that you can check their notification before the rest of the crowd.
Demographic borders are no barriers – All are available in the app irrespective of country, region, and other variants. Most of the countries have their citizens using the app chatting and messaging with their friends located in the extreme other ends of the globe.
Of course, not all is fair in WhatsApp –The mute option is open for the user to shut a group or an individual chat for days, weeks and even a year.
No ads, please –With the largest user-base in contrast to other apps, WhatsApp still stands with the basic ethic of not messaging from their end or promoting any advertisements for returns. That could be one of the reasons why people still prefer this app. The service provider does not interfere with any chats or activities going on in the app. It indeed has a sublime presence of completely dormant character making the users hardly feel the presence of a third-party among their chats.
Perfectly secured – Fully secured with verification through personalized passcodes pin is an essential feature of the chat.
That is not the end but just the beginning of exploring a small venture which turned out to be the most alarming creation of the current decade. It won’t be long when the app will be empowered to handle the smallest daily chores to the highest technical strategies.
In an era of digitalization, where AI reigns in the realm of business, politics, and culture, WhatsApp is sure to take up the major part of our lives. Now we are indulgent in it with the sole motive to chat and share but they are anticipated to come up with more intrinsic features to sweep you off-your-feet.
Today if this 76MB app consumes 3 hours of your total day, how much more will it consume when it comes up with all the special additions and anticipation becomes reality?
Bio: WhatsApp Reviewer Sheeba Elsy
Writing has been a passion hence I initiated a literary career for the past 7-8 years. Being a part of a corporate world, I have tried my hands with all sorts of writing from descriptive, narrative, and persuasive to expository. Presently exploring the world of freelancing and also writing contents for blogs like allthingspace. Most of all creative writing really inspires me with a staunch inclination towards modern forms which is really catching in the present era.
by Janice Wald
How you can promote your blog posts using WhatsApp
- Go to https://www.whatsapp.com.
- Click the kind of device you’ll be using. Your choices are Android, iPhone, PC, or Windows. I clicked Windows since I anticipate wanting to use the app to send my blog posts on the computer. However, the instructions explained the app still must be installed on your phone. To download on your phone, the instructions say to click this link: whatsapp.com/dl. However, I went to the App Store on my iPhone to download the app. Easy.
- Decide whether you want to let WhatsApp access your contacts.
- If you are going to use WhatsApp on your phone, you will need to scan the code you see on the screen once download begins.
- On your phone, enter your phone number when prompted.
- Enter the code you are texted.
- I skipped the “Restore from iCloud” option.
- I entered my name and chose a photo. You can also choose to let WhatsApp use your Facebook info.
- You will be able to see your contacts. Those already using WhatsApp are indicated. This is important since you can only share your blog post links or other information with people who already have the app. The app also tells you when the person was last active so you know if they use the app often. There is no point in sending people your links this way if they aren’t going to open the app.
- I was immediately able to create groups. Do you have bloggers in your contacts? Create a group so you can send them the links you think they’d be interested in. Your other contacts may not be interested and feel you’re spamming. If none of your contacts are using WhatsApp, don’t worry. You are able to invite them.
- Click “Start messaging.”
- Click someone (or a group) you think would be interested in your article. You can send them a document or a link with a blurb about your post. When I chose “document,” I saw an option to open my iCloud drive. If you want to send docs, make sure they are saved in your iCloud drive first. Instead, on my phone, using my WordPress app, I went to WP/Admin and copied a link to an article.
- I went to WhatsApp, selected a contact I thought would be interested in my post and sent it to her. Remember, you can send to groups to save the time it would take sending to individuals.
How your readers can promote your blog posts using WhatsApp:
How to install the WhatsApp social sharing button:
- In your WordPress dashboard, go to Settings: Sharing.
- Under “Available Services” click WhatsApp.
- Drag the icon to “Enabled Services.”
- Check the social sharing buttons on any blog post. The WhatsApp icon will be there!
When your readers click the icon, the WhatsApp app will open, and they can share your article.
Note: This will only work if your readers have the WhatsApp app.
[Related: 4 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Enjoy Effortless Blog Traffic explains how to install other social share buttons]
- Sending blog post blurbs and pasting links on your phone might be difficult. Therefore, Bloggingio.com recommends going to the WhatsApp website where you can type and paste easily.
- The blog also reports a concern over WhatsApp groups folding quickly. Just like with your blog, you need to engage with your readers for maximum success.
- Suppose you want to join a WhatsApp group but not start your own. A directory of WhatsApp groups exists seemingly for every interest imaginable.
The popularity of apps is picking up momentum especially in the United States. Apparently, people are willing to pay for apps more than they ever did before.
You don’t need to pay for WhatsApp only for the texting fees. Whether you use it as a way to send data or increase your blog traffic, you will find WhatsApp helpful. After all, over a billion users can’t be wrong.
Readers, please share so other people learn about WhatsApp and how they can use it to transmit all sorts of information including blog post articles.
What is your familiarity with WhatsApp? Are you currently using it? Have you used it to send blog post links? Do you feel, like the people cited here, that WhatsApp has increased your blog traffic? I look forward to your answers in the comments section.
Note: * My app allowed me to choose up to 256 people to add to a group. However, both Sheeba and my online research both report you are allowed only 100 members per group.