Why does Shareaholicbot appear in my server logs?

Shareaholic powers content distribution, discovery and sharing of web content for over 200 million users each month. Part of how this works involves the temporary display of images or details related to the web content, such as the title and excerpt for the page. Our system retrieves this information for pages included in the Shareaholic content index.

Shareaholicbot is Shareaholic's web crawling bot (sometimes also called a "spider"). Crawling is the process by which Shareaholicbot discovers new and updated pages to be added to the Shareaholic content index. Shareaholicbot's crawl process begins with a list of URLs, generated from previous crawl processes and augmented with Sitemap data provided by webmasters. New pages, changes to existing pages, and dead links are noted and used to update the Shareaholic content index.

How does Shareaholicbot identify itself?

Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Shareaholicbot/1.0; +http://www.shareaholic.com/bot)

How does Shareaholicbot access sites?

We do very aggressive caching so you shouldn't see Shareaholicbot in your logs more than once every few weeks for any one URL. Our goal is to crawl as many pages from your site as we can on each visit without overwhelming your server's bandwidth. We don't like waste either, and are clever at not wasting bandwidth – yours or ours. However, if you experience technical issues, please contact us at support@shareaholic.com. We recommend attaching any relevant server logs that may help.