Shareaholic WordPress plugin is a popular social media plugin. But after checking in Google Search Console (formerly known as Webmaster Tool), my advice is to avoid this plugin.
If you are using this WordPress tool, I suggest you to go to Search Console in Google and check from your side. You will be unpleasantly surprised.
See below what I have found out on my 2 sites where Shareaholic plugin is used. The first picture is what I obtain from Search Console after checking for my site about mountains:
It reports that I have 70 pages with blocked resources. Then I checked the site which you are visiting right now, and the situation was not much better. See what I obtained after checking in the same place:
In both cases Google reports that the blocked resources are related to Shareaholic. To check from your side, go to Google Search Console (Webmaster Tool), you may see the menu here on the right. Now go to Google Index, and then to Blocked Resources, and you will be shocked, sorry to say this.
In the previous pictures given above you may see ‘Learn more’. So indeed I wanted to learn more, and below you may see what makes problem for Google:
Being very concerned with what I discovered here, I searched the Internet and what I have found was even more shocking. I suggest you to have a look into this article, and then please see this one as well. It appears that Shareaholic has been hijacking links in sites.
The same author has also published this open letter. As you may read in the concluding paragraphs, it appears that as a result of this action Shareaholic has changed something in the configuration of the plugin.
However, this seems not to be addressing the problem which I am facing right now after the discovery of the blocked resources caused by Shareaholic plugin. It is obviously making a lot of damage to my sites.
I asked within Wealthy Affiliate community where I have my sites hosted, and some people who have been using this plugin checked at their sites.
Can you guess what they discovered? Yes, you can, I am sure about it. You have found the same at your side if you have been unlucky enough to use this tool.
So to summarize, the full extent of damage which Shareaholic plugin has been causing to my sites in the past months will obviously remain unclear to me. But in view of what I have found myself, and in view of the reports of others, which I gave above, I am going to remove Shareaholic WordPress plugin from my sites as soon as possible.
I have been reading that deactivating this plugin it is not so simple because this may leave many links on my pages broken. That is why I am saying ‘as soon as possible’, I do not want to cause even more damage to my sites. So do not be surprised if by any chance you are reading these lines while Shareaholic plugin is still used within the site.
But I have already made some essential steps (or at least I am thinking that they are essential), and here is what I suggest you to do if you are in the same situation:
- Go into Settings of Shareaholic plugin, and into the part Monetization, and disable Affiliate links.
- Disable Post Share Adds.
- In ‘Configure Additional Features’, disable Analytics.
- Visit this site again for updates. This because after alarming the Wealthy Affiliate community I expect to have some help and we might soon have more clear instructions on what to do.
- If you have NOT been using this tool so far, then I can only say again: avoid using Shareaholic WordPress plugin!