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Not for me or you! (4 posts)

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  1. WQQDY
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I've updated my view of this plugin from 5 star to 1.
    I love how it works but not the data collection and SEO it steals from you. BEWARE, read Rongo's post.
    Also very annoying is if you change a tweet for instance it won't let you post it. If you don't like them adding their name on everything you tweet, pin or FB, this is not for you.

  2. Shareaholic
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    You can customize the Tweet template to include your own twitter handle, etc. In fact, we encourage that you do this. Click on "Edit General Settings" in the new admin panel -> Share Buttons General Settings -> MESSAGE FORMAT (Using message template variables ${title} and ${link} you can fully customize your post format. ex. ${title} - ${link} via @WQQDY).

    Also, reposting from another thread -

    ***

    Since @Rongo hasn't reached out to me yet, I thought I would post an update here for everyone.

    I am pleased to report that Shareaholic Recommendations / Related Content has been updated based on your feedback. What this means is that:

    1) Linking: Thank you for the heads up (credit: Rongo et al). We made the update and now all Publisher content is directly linked in Related Content -- exactly like how nRelate does it.

    This update was pushed out about 10 days ago. Please update your browser cache to ensure you're running the latest version of Related Content to see it in action.

    I would reiterate, that we have the best of intentions! When you have a concern, talk to us! The line is always open. We always prioritize what is best for you guys over everything else.

    2) Redirects (as and when required): In the cases we need something redirected, all redirects are now 301 redirected, thereby passing any and all SEO benefit back to the publisher. No pagerank is lost.

    3) Data: We collect aggregated data for a) To provide you back with Social Analytics (example) Who better to show you social analytics than the folks who provide you with share buttons! We live and breathe this stuff. b) To compute the best content recommendations out there for you. We don't just pay attention to what readers click on; we aim to ensure they love every page they find. What this means for you is more engaged readers that stick around longer and discover more of your great content. (methodology details) c) IF we ever use your data to generate revenue by selling it to others, we would ask for permission AND revenue share so YOU make money. FYI - we are yet to make money from any of our offerings. We're lucky we have extremely supportive investors.

    4) Performance: We care A LOT about speed and performance. We use industry best practices to make our code as fast and unobtrusive as possible, meaning - for example - that the performance impact is comparable to adding Google Analytics to your site. Because all of the processing and collection runs on our servers and not yours, it doesn't cause any additional load on your hosting account. In addition, our JavaScript is hosted on Amazon's premium CDN to make fetching it as blazing fast and reliable as possible. In fact, it's one of the fastest proven analytics system, hosted or not hosted, that you can use.

    As Rongo pointed out, almost all other Related Content plugins tax a server's overhead with numerous queries and use inefficient caching to the extent that they're outright banned from running on hosting services like WP-Engine (for instance, Yet Another Related Content plugin is not allowed on WP-Engine as it taxes servers).

    It costs us thousands of dollars each month in CDN, server, etc fees to make sure we deliver the fastest and best service to you. We do it because we believe it is the right thing to do as by doing so it makes sure your websites run as fast as possible.

    5) SEO: A no brainer now.

    "One way of getting search engines to get to your older content a bit easier, thus increasing your WordPress SEO capabilites a LOT, is by using a related posts plugin. These plugins search through your posts database to find posts with the same subject, and add links to these posts." - Yoast (Joost de Valk)

    We have measured that website's on average see an increase of 7% in monthly pageviews right after they install Shareaholic Related Content....

    ...and the more your content gets discovered, the more it should get shared. Today, Social signals are crucial for SEO.

    "In fact, 7 of the 10 most important factors in SEO ranking now come from social media." - sproutsocial

    ***

    I hope you appreciate this update. If there is anything else we can do to create the best plugin out there and a kick-ass product for you guys, as always, I can be reached directly at jay at shareaholic dot com. I look forward to your feedback (and incorporating it back into the product quickly).

  3. Shareaholic? Just a suggestion, rather than bulk copying text repeatedly you can just post the link and not copy that all over again.

    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/duplicates-in-related-content?replies=12#post-4499675

  4. Shareaholic
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    @Jan gotcha! will do.

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