My Pet Peeve On Using Share Buttons On Your Blog

Share Buttons Should Be Labeled, No?

I have a pet peeve that I have been seeing more and more lately and it surprised me. It’s the social share buttons I come across. When I go to share posts from blogs the share button says or via @Shareaholic. I then have to manually change it on Twitter if I want to give credit to who wrote the piece. I see this on blogs, Shareaholic buttons and Digg Digg buttons. See below how it shows My poor friend Adrianna hasn’t added a Twitter account yet – she is too busy being a fantastic hair stylist and salon owner. But I’ll use her as the example today so I do not offend any blogging friends.

share buttons


This is an easy fix and I don’t understand why more bloggers don’t use it. It helps to see who is the author and give credit to them on the social networks. All one has to do is to fill out the pieces with their user name. I will use an example of one of my WordPress sites to show how it’s done.

adding share button

I’m going to focus on Twitter here but the same can be done for the other  share options available. So you just click on Twitter and a screen will ask your Twitter username and will ask you for permission to connect the account.

Twitter handle

After you authorize your Twitter handle for the share buttons it will come up like this next. Only select this option if there are more than one user of the blog. Some multi-author blogs can choose this option.

share buttons connected

And now you can see the difference below that the share buttons will make, when someone clicks the tweet button. And the same would go for the other social share buttons too. This is one of my own blogs for a reunion I help put together for workers of a newspaper I once worked at.

share buttons done correclty

You can also do this with the Digg Digg plug – in for the WordPress self hosted websites. You go into your Digg Digg plug-in and then to your Global configurations there and you will see this screen where you can add your usernames. You also can add your username for the Buffer. The Buffer is really a must and you know how much I love the Buffer app.

share buttons for Digg Digg

I have not used the Shareaholic share button – everytime I visit a blog with it it takes much longer to share and process. I would highly recommending going with Digg Digg for your share buttons and that app will also track your shares with its analytics. Very nice feature! 

Will you change your share buttons today if they are showing up as, Shareaholic or Digg Digg?

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Lisa loves helping others to thrive online through Content Marketing with Social Media, Blogging and SEO. What good is knowledge if you cannot share it with others? She has 20+ years experience in marketing/advertising with 7 years experience in content marketing, social media, blogging and SEO. Check out her latest eBook "Learn to Tweet and Thrive on Twitter" now on Amazon.

45 comments On My Pet Peeve On Using Share Buttons On Your Blog

  • Hey Lisa,

    Thanks for sharing this great post with us an teaching us in a pretty easy way. I will share it some of my friends that I know will really need it.

    And I sincerely agree with Nancy Jean bout you being the best. Of course you are the best!

    Do have a blessed weekend Lisa 🙂


  • 😛 You’re the best, Lisa! Thanks so much for helping clueless bloggers like me get off your list of pet peeves. LOL! SO appreciate your help, as always. Have a great weekend!!!
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  • Thank you! This was really bugging me as it says people are sharing my posts via FB and Twitter but the posts and tweets didn’t link back to my FB pr twitter accounts so hopefully this will have fixed it – brilliant!
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  • Hi Lisa,

    I love the DiggDigg buttons as well. I hate using the Shareaholic , because, as you say, it takes too long! Sally
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  • :mrgreen: Sent over here from Pibbles’ blog…and Thank You! I have now successfully linked my twitter share button to my actual twitter account…Thank you!
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  • I don’t use wordpress, but I have noticed this before when trying to share wordpress blogs. I had been using shareaholic but also didn’t really care for it that much. I just switched over to “AddThis” and will see how it works it for me. Good advice!

  • Thanks for this tutorial! And you’re so right, if we would slow down a little more, we’d catch mistakes like that, which surprises me most people won’t double check since that can result in a returning reader.

    Hope you’re having a great day! 😆

  • Hi Lisa:

    This is a big pet peeve of mine too. A lot of time I won’t bother sharing something if they haven’t configured their sharing buttons completely. It is such an easy fix for the author of the blog to do and so many still don’t do it!

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    • Hi Kevin, I guess it’s just that “one more thing” and for some it can be a technical challenge if a newbie. But it is frustrating when you want to share good content and get the @sharethis out of it 🙁

  • Oh crap, mine does some of that. I have the post laid out with the link, but not my twitter name. I have to figure mine out because the social buttons that resembles Digg Digg came with the theme. Once I figure out how to modify mine, it should automatically add my twitter name. Thanks for the heads up because I don’t like seeing it too. Time to go fix mine.
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    • Oh no, really Sonia? Oh yes, different themes do different things, I just started an affiliate site and with another theme. Must always remember how to work between different themes. I do love DiggDigg for the share options.

  • Excellent list and great advice. I agree with all of your points, except maybe the lotion thing 🙂 I’m just not a lotion kind of guy! All joking aside, we would all do well to keep your first 2 points in mind and at least try to be courteous to our hosts when visiting.
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  • Hey Guys,

    Jay from Shareaholic. Please feel free to reach out to me directly with any issues that you may face with Shareaholic or if you have any feedback at all.

    We do make it very easy for users of the Shareaholic WordPress plugin to customize their Twitter template from within the admin panel completely — to the extent that you can even add your own hashtags, etc etc.

    We’re listening, here for you, working hard and want to help! So please do drop me a line any time!


    jay at shareaholic dot com

  • Indeed, useful post, as usual. With the onset of Panda/Penguin, these buttons should be given importance. Thanks for emphasizing this need.

    I will have to check mine, if they are actually functioning.
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  • I’ve written about this same thing Lisa so many times that I’m tired of it. I’ve even gone so far to say if you don’t have it set up, no matter how good your content is, I’m not sharing it. Who has the time to chase all that down these days!

    I know that this is just one more thing people have to learn how to do and it can be time consuming but you just took them through a step-by-step process of doing just that. I do hope those who don’t have this set up correctly will take your advice and do it now.

    Great tutorial and thank you again for bringing this to people’s attention.

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    • Hi Adrienne, glad to know I’m not the only one with lack of patience for this at times 🙂 It’s a simple fix. I think I did see one that you wrote on it. Maybe a double whammy will work 🙂 Thanks for your comment and coming by.

  • I can relate back to your pet peeve. I have seen many bloggers who don’t set their twitter handle with their button (Well, some people don’t have any twitter handle in the tweet).

    I don’t usually complain, as it is easy for me to find their twitter handle in the page (but, I guess it would be more helpful if I just tell them!).

    Thank you for the post, Lisa! I hope more people sees this and take action on their blogs 🙂

  • I have no idea which one I use… I need to find out I don’t think it’s the digg digg one but it’s some type of share button I will have to check it out. I am not good with technical stuff but thanks for the info I will check into it.
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  • WOW!!! That’s interesting Ashvini. Why were you frustrated by Digg Digg? I would like to see what you created.

  • Tech stuff often paralyzes me. I don’t have much of a tolerance for it. I can figure things out but find it exhausting. I’d rather be writing.

    With that said, I love to read your articles. You lay things out in an accessible manner.

    What is a buffer? I use Shareaholic. Somehow my Google+ button ended up below the linkwithin thumbnails. Any advice on how to fix it?
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  • Hey Lisa

    I completely agree with you about setting up Twitter correctly on your sharing buttons.

    It’s weird. I used to use the WordPress sharing buttons on my self-hosted blog but they don’t give you the option to add your Twitter username. However, I see that they do on a blog?!

    I don’t use the Digg Digg sharing buttons any more. I couldn’t get them to work very well on my blog so I use an alternative one now. I also got rid of the side sharing button and opted for one after my posts because the side sharing button didn’t work on my website if you view it from a mobile phone.
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    • Yes, they do now. You could do the DiggDigg with less choices. That’s what I had to do. I was fortunate someone tweeted me that they could not read a post because of the Blog Engage button so I deleted it. I also got rid of Digg. So far so good – you have to play with the settings too and you could opt to put the DiggDigg buttons under your posts vs. on the side. Did you try that one Tim?

  • BRAVO!! Great post Lisa! I too am bothered by this but at times, am too lazy to change the “@” or I don’t know their twitter name. However, I’ve noticed when I do Tweet share w/out a “@” name (and sometimes even with), the @mentions I get back bug me. They reply to me as if I wrote the dang post, thus, I have cut down a lot of sharing. It is a quick fix with all the wp plugins and share abilities, as well as on blogger. The @Sharaholic one irks me real bad. 🙂 Again, great post!
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  • Hi Lisa,

    I’ve seen @WordPress attached with blog posts 🙂 Even some blogs I visit and also on Twitter stream. Sometimes there is no Twitter handle at all. So, everytime I share I add it manually 🙂

    I think the best reason is most people don’t know how to Lisa 🙂 Or they can’t figure it out. This would be a nice guide for WordPress users to include Twitter handle in sharing 🙂

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    • Thanks Mayura, I guess you may be right, they don’t have the time to figure it out. Some are easier or harder than others. I hope it will help some people.

  • Hi Lisa,

    I was so troubled by all these share buttons that I decided to create my own plugin for this ( with help from Carolyn who blogs at ). I have a month to go for till I can start selling it. Till now I have beta available for testing. Would you like to check it out. Please let me know if you are interested in trying it out.
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  • I’m glad you came up with this topic Lisa!

    I couldn’t agree more to this being one thing that really bugs me too when I have to add the Twitter handle manually each time at such blogs. Or then sometimes they don’t even have the or via @Shareaholic option at all!

    Perhaps people don’t know about how to sort out this problem, which you so well explained here. I hope they sort it out as soon as possible and save us the hassle. I guess if they don’t they after a while you get tired of going over to their blogs because of the time wasted each time.

    Thanks for sharing. 🙂
    Harleena Singh recently posted..What Stress Signs Do You HaveMy Profile

    • Thanks Harleena. Yes it can get frustrating at times if you are sharing from your mobile on the run or are just in a hurry as it can really slow you down. Thanks for commenting and have a great day and weekend ahead.

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