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So do Share and Like buttons really help

 7:48 am on May 6, 2014 (gmt 0)

Having resisted looking at social sites because I dont use them personally, have now decided to rethink this.

I was about to add like and share buttons to my site (knowing they may slow it up, which is a shame) when I came across an article saying you dont really need them - people will like or share your site whether or not it has the buttons.

Any views, or better still, proof, on the subject?



 3:48 pm on May 6, 2014 (gmt 0)

I removed them from my sites, people know how to share and they can't give you a "Like" or a "g+" if you haven't set up your presence on those platforms.

Slowing the load time is the main reason, also handing over stats info was an influence. Many, if not all remotely loading "Share" buttons give others information about your visitors to use and deal in.


 4:24 pm on May 6, 2014 (gmt 0)

well its very simple, take a month an run a test. For 2 weeks have the buttons, for 2 weeks remove the buttons and find out if people use them on your site.

Often what you "think" people will do is completely wrong, just test it and know 100%


 4:32 pm on May 6, 2014 (gmt 0)

A presence on social sharing sites is not necessary to receive traffic from them. Social sharing widgets like AddThis give site visitors the opportunity to tumbl it, share with FB friends and tell a friend by email.

It's probably not useful for every site, but even the tell a friend by email function is can be useful and that's a share type function one can create without a widget and not have to share data with a third party.


 7:02 am on May 19, 2014 (gmt 0)

Yes do Share and Like buttons does really help. I guess you just need a unique/interesting content for your visitors to share.


 7:36 am on Jun 11, 2014 (gmt 0)


These days the companies who render search engine optimisation services laid more emphasis for promoting business on social networking sites. Social media marketing has become a major component of SEO.

[edited by: engine at 10:39 am (utc) on Jun 11, 2014]
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 2:00 am on Jun 13, 2014 (gmt 0)

For me it's a yes! Social sharing buttons are hard to ignore (especially when they’re placed above the body of an article.


 9:31 am on Jul 5, 2014 (gmt 0)

I think they do and especially for Facebook. Those likes show in the profiles of the people who like them.


 12:46 am on Jul 6, 2014 (gmt 0)

Amplifying on what zinsavage123 said --- the 'Face Pile' (matrix of profile photo icons) that facebook can show, when enabled shows the website visitor profile picture icons of their friends that have previously liked your site. To me this communicates a trust value that both makes them more inclined to explore the site and to click like for facebook.

Slowing the load time is the main reason
I copy their image/sprite locally and then launch an edited version of the script to load them from MY server instead.

I also set dimensions on the portion of the page they end up taking on the page to a eliminate/minimize the loading 'jello-shake' as previously invisible objects are added to the page flow. I also add image dimensions (to pass validation) and ALT= text for the blind's value.


 8:57 am on Jul 11, 2014 (gmt 0)

These social sharing buttons help like anything. If you are confident about the content of your website or blog, you must place these buttons below the posts.

You will notice the difference yourself :)


 11:00 am on Jul 14, 2014 (gmt 0)

Your point about people sharing the website anyway regardless of whether they've got sharing buttons or not is valid, but I think when they see a Twitter or Facebook icon, they're more inclined to share because it's so simple.
All they have to do is press the sharing button and then that's it - it's shared.

Whereas sharing it 'manually' (e.g. copying the URL, opening their social media page on their browser, pasting the URL, writing a comment etc.) takes a bit longer.

As for proof, here's an article which explains why sharing buttons are beneficial for your site: <snip>

If you're worried about buttons slowing down your site, you can always add them for a 'trial period' and see how it impacts your shares. And then if they're not doing any good, just take them off. (Don't see why you would though, they're great!)

[edited by: buckworks at 5:53 pm (utc) on Jul 14, 2014]


 8:50 am on Jul 22, 2014 (gmt 0)

Hello Friend,

It will help to you. Because if any user come on your site and he like your article then he can share easily your blog or article content in his group.One more thing you can easily generate traffic for your site if any one share your article and blog in his group.


 8:06 pm on Aug 21, 2014 (gmt 0)

I agree with not2easy, people still know how to share your site if they're really interested in sharing it. The share button just makes it a bit easier on the user to do that. I would hope that no one is so lazy that they couldn't be bothered to cut & paste, but the only real way of knowing is to test it out as Kevin C. said.

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