Hi WA family

Derek Halpern, a biggie on internet marketing and layout of websites, has stated that it's better not to put like buttons with low or zero counts on your website.

Reason? It can be negative to visitors to your site. He says it's better to have social share buttons and then add the like count buttons after you build up visitors/traffic to your site. Mmm. He know his "stuff", I don't.

1/ As I've got a (very) few likes/shares, if I deactivate and then maybe later on decide to reactivate my Google, Tweet, Like, Plusone media plugin, will it remember them? eg will it show them again or not?

2/ I've been hearing great things about Shareaholic and it actually looks quite impressive on sites I've viewed it on. Can anyone tell me of their experience with it? Love, like or wish you'd never heard of it?

Thanks guys.

Annie

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judebanks Premium
Annie, I would be surprised if WA hosting would allow this plugin as it has outgoing connections.

If it is okay to install here, then make sure you understand the "promoted content" feature of the plugin. That actually takes visitors off your site, albeit into a new window. It is a way to earn extra by promoting whatever link Shareaholic decides to add to your site in the related content section of the plugin.

The last time I looked there was no option to disable it but since then I've heard many people complained, so maybe by now it is an optional feature.

It is a popular plugin, and looks good. The customer service is pretty good but you need to understand the pros and cons, so perhaps do a bit more research.

The other aspect is if the Shareaholic servers are overloaded or down, it can affect the performance of your own site. So find out first if WA allows it before you do anything else.

~Jude
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AnnieB Premium
Thanks for the info, Jude. I wasn't aware of any promoted content. Is it a sort of "infolinks" then? Though maybe not to that extent.

I'm off to go and check it out in more detail at WP.org
I've added another comment above, Jude.
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mahinthan20 Premium
I am using the buttons with count as well also you can notice ot will count your share and like as well. I don't hear about Shareaholic
. wait for the answer from experienced members.
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mikegaudreau Premium
I have started using Sharaholic recently and l like the look. It has some nice features including analytics.
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AnnieB Premium
Mike, any sign of it tagging onto your shares or other type of self promotion? I just had a look at the WP.org reviews for it and there is mention of it "hi-jacking" your visitors somehow, via what is called Data and Registration mining.
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mikegaudreau Premium
Interesting. I will have a look at this.
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mrsljc0909 Premium
Wouldn't it be better to have the option for readers to socially share you posts/pages? I can see if you don't include the count above each button, but I don't know about removing them all together. Maybe another member can explain the reasoning here.
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AnnieB Premium
Halpern is saying, if you don't have any or very few likes, it gives the impression that your posts/pages aren't that good. Or shows that you don't have many visitors.

The other point Halpern was making is that he's not saying never have "like" counts on your site/blog/page/ just not when it's new. To me that means a lot of monitoring your pages/posts before adding the like count back on.

Share buttons are highly encouraged as that is more social than a like that just stays on your page. Makes my head spin trying to keep up with it all.
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M W Mihalicz Premium
Good info and questions Annie. I'm anxious to see your feedback.
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AnnieB Premium
Hi Matt, just to let you know - the troops have come up with a few good feedback comments above if you're interested.
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