I wasn’t planning on writing this post. In fact I was hoping I would never write such post but I felt I needed to warn the fellow bloggers and web site owners who are using (or planning to use) the Shareaholic plugin for WordPress.
Shareaholic plugin review.
I have to admit, the plugin looks awesome. I have been using this free plugin on most of my blogs for years but today I had to disable it and replace by it by another plugin.
Although it might look very clean and professional, Shareaholic has one major flaw – its owners. This plugin works well, lets your readers share your content with ease and it even suggests your visitors to read other articles you wrote in the past (related posts). I am not very technical but I will try to explain how this thing works.
In order to use Shareaholic’s tool the information must pass through Shareaholic’s servers. When the plugin is installed on your site it sends outgoing requests to its servers and then returns the information back to your site. This might also be the reason why Shareaholic doesn’t work on your hosted WordPress blog – some hosting companies do not allow outgoing requests.
Where Shareaholic experience turns sour.
I often discuss different plugins, themes and modifications with other bloggers and Internet marketers in general. Someone recently told me they stopped using Shareaholic because this plugin redirected their visitor to another site. I insisted on using this tool because I have never had such experience… until today.
Today I was looking at one of my posts and I noticed the suggestion box that contained 6 suggested articles; 3 blog posts from my site, a link to my home page and two (2) top suggestions linking to some other sites! Take a look:
This means that I work hard on writing my content, getting visitors to my blog just so I could lose them to some other website because of Shareaholic? Like Sarah Palin would say: “Thanks, but no thanks”.
I also decided to make sure I wasn’t using some very outdated version of the plug-in that might cause these issues. It turns out I am using one of the latest releases, 184.108.40.206 – it is still an ongoing issue.
It is very unfortunate but I have no other choice as to stop using this plugin and replace it by something else at the moment.
EDIT: Reply From Shareaholic
Some of you may know that I offer online reputation marketing services to local companies. When I write new blog posts for the “reputation” blog I usually write about companies who completely failed at the task of customer satisfaction and sometimes even compromised their whole business by doing so. This time I might make a post about Shareaholic, however they will be the company who does it RIGHT and who knows that customers are valuable assets to a business.
About 5 hours after I wrote this review I got a reply from Jay @ Shareaholic, The reply came in form of a comment to this post. You can read the reply in the comments below. Shareaholic probably set-up Google alerts or something similar that notifies them every time people talk about them online – and this is what each company must do! So, 1 point for Shareaholic.
Jay was very nice and understanding in his reply. He explained that the links to other sites can be disabled (which isn’t very obvious and not really mentioned anywhere in the plugin installation). He did admit that probably this feature wasn’t released in a proper way and in-fact Shareaholic should make a bigger effort to tell people about it and how it works. Jay also pointed out the fact that I can simply opt-out from the “Related Content” – then no suggested posts would show at all. Finally, Jay apologized for the inconvenience and promised they will do better. That’s another point for Shareaholic, actually multiple points.
- I strongly believe Shareaholic should not activate this “monetization feature” by default and should instead promote it heavily, explaining to the bloggers all the benefits of it. Personally I do link to other people’s blog posts and articles from time to time because I decide to do so and because I think the content is worth linking to. I need to control the content that I show to my readers.
- Because of Shareaholic’s enthusiasm for their product, fast response and just proper customer care – I would gladly give them a second choice and re-Activate their plugin on this blog. I would also recommend this plugin to others (of course I would explain how to disable 3rd party links as well).
p.s. To deactivate the links to other sites you must get a free shareaholic account:
Once you are inside your account, go to Site Tools and slide that white circle all the way to the left, this will disable “Related Content” from other websites:
7 thoughts on “Shareaholic WordPress Plugin Review”
Shareaholic website traffic plugin is trusted by hundreds of thousands of websites and touches over 450 million people each month. The analytics portion of Shareholic integrates with third-party services like Google Analytics and appNexus to enhance its data.
Hi, Alex! Thank you for this review for Shareaholic plugin, i have used shareaholic some time and i have made with them above 102$ the miminum payment and on their blog was posted that they will make the payments on January 1st, 2016 …so far nothing strange, but again the article was updated and shows this: Please note that we will begin distributing payments in January 2016. So the month is almost gone…I suppose into weekend they don’t make payments, and there are only 2 days untill the month ends! Again Shareaholic,is disappoint me! So, the question is: Are they serious or pretends to be only in comments? Thanks.
Shareaholic is a Awesome Plugin but i don’t like making money with them. can drive traffic from my website to another.
As I explained at the bottom of this post, you can actually set-up the plugin to NOT show links to other sites 😉
Alex, thank you for understanding. We do truly care.
Reg. Twitter, multi-share will be optional setting soon. However, Twitter oAuth is actually designed to enhance the analytic’s reports we report back to you for free. To enable us to tell you exactly *who* is sharing your content. The reports can be found here – http://shareaholic.com/publishers/analytics/blog.extra-paycheck.com
Hi Alex, We apologies for springing our new “promoted content” feature on you. We could/should have rolled this out better and been much louder about informing all our users.
This is an *optional* beta feature for you to earn money by promoting relevant quality branded content. You can dial this up or down to zero per your preference — and all external links should open in a new tab, keeping your readers on your site.
More here: http://support.shareaholic.com/hc/en-us/articles/200849737-Scale-up-revenue-with-Shareaholic-Promoted-Content
Also, the shareaholic share buttons app can be used independent of the related content app.
Hope this makes sense and, again, we sincerely apologize for the surprise… We will do better.
Thanks you so much for the prompt reply – this shows a lot about your company. I have edited my post and explained my “new” feelings about the Shareaholic plug-in.
Because of the way you handled this “issue” – I will be trying your service once again and I will be recommending it to others (with a few extra explanations).
I would also love to hear that you will change the way users “Share” and “Like” content through your plugin. I do not fully trust a company that requires users to authorize access to their profiles in order to simply like something.