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Shareaholic | share buttons, related posts, social analytics & more

The easiest, most effective way to grow your website traffic, effectively engage your audience, monetize, and gain insights for free.


160 reviews
Average Rating
3.6 out of 5 stars
Shareaholic takes over site with affiliate links, ads, spying
By , for WP 4.0

I have given this plugin two too many chances so I know the shameful history of this company's plugins.

First it offered "sexy" icons that mostly did the job below posts, then it became bloated with very unnecessary shareaholic.com API crap and spammy features that I had to remove by code.

Then there was API crap from a bunch of advertising and spyware companies.

The developer is sneaky-active on the forum defending the spammy company and careless decisions after every violation.

You don't get what you downloaded. The plugin updates constantly to introduce things you don't want.

The latest thing is switching YOUR links to THEIR affiliate revenue source. That's right, the old sexy icons plugins suddenly hijacks your links. Apparently personal data mining is not sucking up enough money for shareaholic, so now they are taking over your site.

Oh and they have banner ads after clicking a "sexy" shareaholic icon. That's new.

I'm sick of plugins like this walking all over WordPress.

I hope WordPress mods do the right thing by removing all traces of Shareaholic from official directories. This plugin and the dishonorable company behind it has given users a terrible ride. Enough is enough.

Hijacks Links, Leaves you Vulnerable and Controls Site
By , for WP 3.9.2

This plugin uses the Shareaholic service, which, by default, overwrites existing outbound links for monetization. It does not ask your permission to do this, though you CAN turn this feature off.

Unfortunately, there are many other issues of control, which are outlined here:
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It's a shame, because the core functionality itself is pretty nice. But it's tough to support any business with these questionable practices.

Shareaholic is stealing your money! DO NOT USE THIS!
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This plugin hijacks links and adds their own affiliation redirect to them to make money off of your site, for Shareaholic. Its on by default and there is no notification telling you what is happening. You can disable it though, but how would you know to do that? This is a very sneaky, slimey way to sucker some cash out of your users, Shareaholic. Shame on you.

Great Plugin!
By , for WP 4.0

I really like this plugin! The icons look fab at the bottom of my posts, the analytics are very comprehensive and on the two occasions I have contacted support (once for an issue with analytics and once for a CSS styling edit that many plugin authors will not help with) the response was speedy, friendly and super helpful. Highly recommended!

Invasion of Privacy
By , for WP 4.0

Do not send spam to the WordPress admin when your plugin is activated. We will uninstall and never return. We will also spread the word to other WordPress developers.

Sharing Garbage Ads On Websites Now
By , for WP 4.0

It's bad enough that you send out emails upon upgrade, but now you are adding bogus advertisements upon sharing/cancelling too?!?

This is ridiculous.

----------ACTUAL ADS THAT SHOWED UP------------------
"This is not a joke - you are the 100,000th visitor!"

"You have 1 message waiting for you"

I do NOT appreciate you trying to confuse clients and their visitors with these scammy, lying advertisements! Are you trying to get them infected?!?

Uninstalling from all sites tonight. Never going to trust you again either.

What a load of crap. Good God.

Simple and Elegant
By , for WP 3.9.2

looks really nice :)

Good support pinterst button
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unchecked the shareable images button.
And fixed.
I think it is a good idea to describe this feature better.

Shareaholic app gets access to users' accounts
By , for WP 3.9.2

When an user tries to share content, the plugin does not allow it unless he gives access to Shareaholic app in his Twitter or Facebook account, which is unnecessary and suspicious. Better try another plugin.

Disappointingly difficult to configure
By , for WP 3.9.2

Disappointed that this was not easy to set up at all.

[1] In order to get the side-floating bar, it was necessary to create a login account at shareaholic.com. I can handle that part, but the configuration of the side-floating bar is then configured at shareaholic.com, so you have two places to configure your share icons rather than (simply) your WordPress dashboard.

[2] For the life of me I could not work out where to configure the look of the side-floating bar. Once I found the settings on the shareaholic.com website (a tiny cog icon), I was disappointed to see that I couldn't configure the look of the side-floating bar icons (e.g. make the corners rounded or change the count number format)

[3] The pop-up configuration screens within the WordPress dashboard are annoying and do not fit within the framework of the WordPress dashboard look. And it took me a while to work out that the save settings button was hidden below the bottom of my screen, so my settings were not being saved when I assumed I just had to close the popup window.

[4] The floating side-bar seemed to load every time I clicked on a new page, which makes for slow reloading.

[5] One the dashboard settings (remember you have to check *either* the dashboard or the shareaholic.com website for the settings you need), mentions the 'index' location for the share buttons, but I could not find information about where that is. At first I thought it might have referred to the floating sidebar, but no.

[6] The floating sidebar did not show up on my responsive theme on mobile.

Overall I was disappointed and frustrated enough to specifically log back in to WordPress.org to give this review. It is just not intuitive to setup and it's a shame because it looks like it has potential. But the setup interface is just a nightmare.

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