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Social media Icons...Good or bad.??

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by aadi14, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. aadi14

    aadi14 Newbie

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    Does having too much of social media icons good for a site or not??Will they have an effect on loading the site.
     
  2. Poindexter11

    Poindexter11 Newbie

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    In general having social signals and icons on your site will do more good than harm, assuming that your visitors are clicking on them. Depending on the plugin/implementation, it can certainly have an effect on your sites load time. But in general if you go with a popular plugin and you are not throwing any errors you should not have to worry about site loadtime.
     
  3. AustinWeaver

    AustinWeaver Newbie

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    As Poindexter11 said, they should not effect loading time too much and if you have strong sharing/social networks will be helpful
     
  4. BionicMarketing

    BionicMarketing Junior Member

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    No they haven't, they only have if you use ALOT of icons, with big resolution
     
  5. Endire

    Endire Elite Member Premium Member

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    Aadi14,

    My position is that if they are not overwhelming or obstructing the primary goal of the site then yes they are a very positive thing. As far as load time, if you are using some kind of plugin to render the buttons on a page then it shouldn't affect anything (assuming the developer of the plugin did their job right). If you are talking about just placing images on the site and linking them, this could affect load time (although minimally) but you can improve that by serving scaled images.

    Of course you need to think of this question in terms of your target audience. If they interact with brands on social media and the presence of buttons on the site legitimizes that behavior, then they should be there. If the opposite is true, why take up valuable real estate.

    Here are some other opinions,

    http://www.netmagazine.com/features/big-question-should-we-drop-social-media-buttons

    Hope that helps you,

    Shawn