We all know how important it is to display share counts for your content to establish social proof and credibility. It makes a HUGE difference to boost visitor confidence.

Share Button Recovery

But what if you need to move your blog to a new domain name or more likely, move from HTTP to secure HTTPS (Google is pushing for a shift to SSL, there is no secret in this), you may notice that all your Share Counts for your content disappear as soon as you make the move…

This is because, when a site changes its URL pattern, the sharing destinations (like Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+) consider the new URLs as brand new pages and they typically track and report share counts separately for each URL pattern.

… and you’re left asking yourself how do I recover my share counts and all that hard earned social proof you worked so hard for over months and years?! This can be incredibly frustrating. It is not a pleasant situation at all. So, what is one to do?

You asked. We listened!

How to Move Your Domain or Switch to HTTPS and Keep your Social Share Counts

Fortunately, thanks to Shareaholic, you can now switch to HTTPS and keep your Social Share Counts. You can even switch your domain (ex. moving from free.wordpress.com to customdomain.com, or www.name.com to just the domain name.com) and keep all your social share counts!

Shareaholic’s new Share Count Recovery feature now enables you to recover any missing shares that may have been lost in the URL change. Once the Share Count Recovery feature is active, Shareaholic will begin to fetch share counts for both URL’s, add them together and display the combined total. Voilà – all your hard work and social proof will, again, be fully accounted for.

As an example, this very blog was switched over to HTTPS/SSL about 2 years ago. When we turned on Share Count Recovery, our older posts immediately saw a total Share Count boost of over 5x. Aaaahhh! We’re back in business.

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Not yet using Shareaholic Social Share Buttons on your site? You do not need to have had Shareaholic installed before your domain or SSL switch. Share Count Recovery should work on any site at any time and activates immediately. Upgrade now.

Update: How to Keep Your Social Share Counts When You Change Your Site URL Structure (Permalinks)

  • Nice to know the feature of shareaholic that recover any missing shares that may have been lost in the URL change.

    • @abdullahallaminopu:disqus hope it helps you out!

    • I have a non-profit story website to promote reading, I put all my time in it.

  • Laura P.

    Yaay! I literally had to turn off my share counts when I moved my site to https. Pages that had been shared over 30k times showed 0!!! Installed the latest version of ShareAHolic but I can’t find how to activate this feature.

  • Laura P.

    How hard would it have been to mention that this feature is only available for pro plans? Totally disappointed – was going to sign-up for ads and monitization with Shareaholic but I’ll be looking to switch to another social share widget now. What a DISSAPOINTMENT!!!

    • Hi @pazzaglia1:disqus Our apologies we did not make it clear in the blog post. We do mention it in the help desk article.

      The paid plans are driven by our need to be able to pay the bills and have a way to build a sustainable product… The Pro plans start at just $8/month (annual rate). If you have a popular site, you should be able to make that and more by turning on monetization, making the plan, basically, free. Hope you give it a try.

      • Laura P.

        Well, I I found an alternative – SocialWarfare – which costs less, too . In fact, http recovery is a feature I would be willing to pay for. Is it worth about $100/year? No. But $29 is a more reasonable price. My site is actually quite popular but no matter the size – every penny still counts!

        • @pazzaglia1:disqus certainly. if that is the only feature you need, they might be the way to go. We’re trying to bundle together an all encompassing Social Media and optimization package that has wider coverage.

        • orion100

          What your share count in shareaholic still display there?

  • not so easy, but i’ll try. Thx

  • Great post, thanks for share it.

  • Interesting topic… I never tried it… but in future it might be helpful… “page Bookmarked!!!”

  • Booxalive.nl

    AH, it is only a PAID feature!! SO SAD!! I have a non-profit story website to promote reading, I put all my time in it. I only have a small unemployment benefit due to my chronical pains, so I have nothing to spend, certainly not 8 dollars monthly. And now I lost all my dearly gained Shareaholic counts, as a kind of punishment to provide my little visitors security!!

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