Why unkown post on my website?

Last Update: November 02, 2014

This is a follow up on the above mentioned subject.

After worrying about unkown content on my website, and finally figuring out it had something to do with my Shareaholic plugin, I finally got a reply from Shareaholic after submitting a ticket.

They just added a new feature called "Promoted Content". This content is still in beta testing phase, and doesn't even show on most websites. Where the content is shown (as on mine), I get a revenue for those displays. Pretty cool, I think.

Here I was so worried about someone tampering with my website, although I couldn't see anything suspicious at least according to all the settings. So, for anyone else here that uses Shareaholic, if you see strange posts, don't worry, as long as your security settings are all as they should be.

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Terry661 Premium
You would think they'd let you know or ask before they did so. At least give you the option. Who do they think they are, Facebook? ; )
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Gordi Premium
Lol. Actually, there is option to use Promoted Content or not. I like that.
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BobBarr Premium
I'm seeing a LOT of negative reviews at wordpress.org:

From a 10/27/14 one-star review:
"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!"

From another one-star review on 10/15/14:
"I don't want some other site's unrelated article "How Older Men Are Increasing Testosterone", on my client's recommended posts section.

Shareagarabage UNINSTALLED"

Source: https://wordpress.org/support/view/plugin-reviews/shareaholic
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Gordi Premium
Thanks for the share Bob. At least they give you the option to use it, or not. Mine were actually related to my website, and they looked like pretty good websites, but I thought they hacked my website.
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CarlaIves Premium
Good to know, Gordi. I stopped using Shareaholic because when someone wanted to share to Twitter (which I use a LOT), it asked them for their email address! I got a few complaints and tried it anonymously myself. It sure was doing that! So I switched. Went through about five or six until I settled on Super Socializer.
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Gordi Premium
Yup Carla, I deactivated Shareaholic until I found out what was going on. Now I reactivated it. Are you happy with Super Socializer?
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CarlaIves Premium
Yes. I had originally settled on Social Media Feather, but the buttons looked too big on my site. I liked the choices on Super Socializer. I'm only using the sharing buttons. There are other things that plug-in can do, but I haven't dug into it yet.
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Funmine Premium
Good to hear there's no problem with your website, after all.
I tried Shareaholic in the past but it just didn't work for my theme.

Enjoy the revenue, Gordi!
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Jim-WMP Premium
I'm glad you sorted out. Be careful I see lot of negatives about this plug-in.https://wordpress.org/support/view/plugin-reviews/shareaholic

Good luck. Jim
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BobBarr Premium
Sorry, jimmy, for some reason, your post wasn't showing up when I first scanned through this thread.
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Jim-WMP Premium
No probs Bob, I saw the same thing
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Gordi Premium
Jimmy, I decided on Shareaholic because some members said they liked it. It was only two days ago that this came up. As with any plugin, it's good to understand how they work
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