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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.

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190 reviews
Average Rating
3.4 out of 5 stars
Free, Nice, but..
By , for WP 4.0.1

I want to be as honest as possible. The plugin is good.
Tried this plugin (and its service) a while. Nice layout and better than another similar plugin.
However, after seeing some ads appeared, done in an unethical way, I uninstalled it immediately. Misusing the plugin to inject and infiltrate unwanted links/ads is not something anyone can accept. Opting out is a pain, and it seems that doing this is hardened.
Giving something free doesn't mean you can do anything you want...

Outrageous
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If WordPress had a zero star. This is how I would rate what Shareaholic has done. I have now 3 weight loss ads and other ones in my each of blog posts which is something not related to my blog. All that without my approval. Also their instructions on how to not opt-in into their ads program does not work. you have to login and go thru a painful process to turn the feature off. Stay out of it. It show the character of who runs the company.

Injecting ads
By , for WP 4.0.1

Injecting ads without permission!
Uninstalled from all sites.

Please turn this feature off, or allow users the option to have it on or off.

Excelent and free.
By , for WP 4.0.1

Thanks for the developers. I´m testing but what i saw is very good.
Be happy.

Embeds Ads
By , for WP 3.9

I just noticed this plugin has been injecting affiliate links onto my post pages for god knows how long. It never used to do this and I never was informed this was going to happen. Totally unacceptable.

Great for free
By , for WP 4.0

I would say perfect except 1 thing that bothers me. Often when i post something, posts go public in facebook faster than opengraph gets the correct info, resulting in blank picture links. I tried the randomize time option but i think it doesnt work.

Anyway great plugin!

nice, but
By ,

This plugin is nice, but it's missing instagram, any plans to add this ?

hidden affiliate links
By , for WP 4.0

apparently they change our links on our website to affiliate links so they can make money off our sites, not nice!!!

Brilliant plugin and excellent support!
By ,

An extremely useful and versatile plugin - took a little getting used to at first but most helpful service from the Shareaholic Helpdesk gets 5 stars!

Beware: Shareaholic's own ads shown to your visitors
By , for WP 4.0

By default, Shareaholic now earns money from ads on your site, and doesn't inform you of this unless you happen to click the "Edit Monetization Settings" at the bottom of your settings page, where you will see that Shareaholic's ads are turned on "for you."

Shareholic says, for people who happen to discover this:

"Revenue generated from these ads supports Shareaholic so we can continue providing free apps to our valued publishers. To turn this feature off, move toggle to the left."

Also, (from: http://support.shareaholic.com/hc/en-us/articles/201770175)
"You may have noticed that there is now an ad in the "Thank you for sharing!" window that appears after your readers share content from your site...We're displaying these targeted ads* to generate revenue, so we can continue offering free apps that help you expand your reach and make money too!"

Simply posting "You may have noticed" after the fact is not how this works, Shareaholic. If you want to sell a plugin, then sell it, but don't "pee on our legs and tell us it's raining."

Imagine a family-friendly site unknowingly hosting x-rated ads or a health site advertising unhealthy products to its readers thanks to a seemingly innocent sharing plugin. Or for that matter, hosting competitor ads without ever being aware of having lost that business. And imagine if every plugin operated this way what a mess every site would be.

Shareaholic had its benefits, but I won't use any plugin by a developer who slips ads or other undisclosed "special features" into updates without visible notice to users. How do we know there's nothing else hidden in here that we haven't "noticed"?

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