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.
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).