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.
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.