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This is not valid traffic, it is called Referrer Spam, this kind of spam uses a Google Analytics weakness to make fake visits to your site, so they actually never visit your site. This Ghost Referrer Spam targets random GA tracking ID's with the only purpose of getting traffic from people that get curious about the referral in their analytics and try to go ...


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According to: http://instagram.com/developer/endpoints/media/ At this time, uploading via the API is not possible. We made a conscious choice not to add this for the following reasons: Instagram is about your life on the go – we hope to encourage photos from within the app. However, in the future we may give whitelist access to individual apps ...


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There's no right or wrong answer to this. From a marketing perspective, it really depends on if you have enough room on your website for the Google+ button and how many people use it. For example, if 99% of people who click on your social buttons are just using Twitter and FaceBook, it may be better to just have those and make them more predominant - ...


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You need a very small image - the sharing thumbnail has to do with the size of the image/aspect ratio and can be very inconsistent. For Facebook the rule is to use a minimum of 600x315px to display the large image format, so with that we can deduce what will work to get the small version with image will floating left and the description on the right like you ...


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If you use social media buttons on your site, it gives your users, flexibility to share their interest in your site with a click. Unless your site has content that can not be forgotten, no one will bother finding your page specially, on the social media sites they use. Therefore, it will also give you more interaction opportunities with your visitors. As ...


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The answer is to keep it while you think it is useful and to drop it when you don't. Some people have stumbleupon links others don't. Most people have facebook links, others don't. It is a personal thing. G+ still has a lot of users (including me) and I hope it isn't wound up.


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Mashable is using HTML5 and has their social sharing placed inside an <aside> tag which is also inside the <header> tag. If I had to guess I'd say that given that, the search engines are not seeing this as main content of the page. (which is placed inside the <section> tag) Google has been one of the driving forces behind HTML5 so these ...


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Facebook uses OpenGraph to determine what the page is about if those details are blank it will harvest other elements of the page. So if you want custom descriptions and images used then ensure that whatever page is being linked has the following code in the <head></head>. For example: <meta property="og:locale" content="en_GB" /> <...


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You seem to be asking two separate questions, "Do people really use social network sharing buttons" and whether social network sharing buttons "are an absolute must if I want to get some good traffic". It may surprise you that there may not be a positive correlation between these two questions. There is an interesting case study on the ...


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It seems like you're not the only person to wonder this; it's the current CSS Tricks poll. The results, as of posting: I can go either way. (32%, 1,799 Votes) I don't ever use sharing buttons. I share my own way. (60%, 3,399 Votes) I typically only share pages that have sharing buttons. (8%, 458 Votes) These are technical users who like taking polls, of ...


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Social buttons allow and encourage users to share your content. Without it, it would be too much trouble to share your content and most people won't bother. The more your content is shared, the more users it reaches and the more opportunity you have to capture new users. Social buttons along with SEO are the single best things you can do fir traffic short of ...


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While the share symbol is not in the Unicode range, maybe this workaround will help you: http://jsfiddle.net/chillybang/a7v5obqj/ HTML <span class="share">&lt;</span> CSS .share { font-weight: bold; position: relative; } .share:before { content: "."; font-size: 2.2em; position: absolute; bottom: -2.5px; left: -...


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Check your analytics reports to view social media referrals to your site. I have visitors who use Google+ and it justifies keeping the button visible and handy.


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The positioning of a sidebar depends on the scale of importance and which country is being targeted. This is because some languages are written from left to right and some are written from right to left. English is left to right, so naturally English people will read the page from the left to right, therefor it would make sense to put the important ...


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429 error fires if Instagram detects (or guess to detect) suspicial (automated) activities on account. I think your crawler tries to access Instagram pages through their external links. Try to exclude Instagram links from crawling. I would in any case nofollow them.


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Its a hack, but it works <span style="transform: rotate(90deg);">V</span>


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There are multiple resources from Google regarding branding guidelines as well as tools for creating buttons. In the buttons policy they state Publishers may not alter or obfuscate a Google+ button And Publisher must use only the official Google-provided icon or a plain text and link combination That being said custom buttons are prolific on the web ...


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You need to disable the 301 redirect when Facebook's crawler crawls the site. Jon Lin says on StackOverflow: This question addresses the user-agent that facebook external hits will look like. You just need to add a condition to check for it: RewriteEngine on RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} !facebookexternalhit/[0-9] RewriteRule (.*) ...


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No, you don't need social sharing buttons as people are fed up with all that social websites anyway. Only a very little amount of people actually uses them and they sort of destroy your individul design. I would suggest not to use them, but offer a comment section instead. People will have much more courage to comment your post when they don't have to do it ...


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Your og:url tag is currently: <meta property="og:url" content="http://prodct.info/chromebooks/" /> Should it not be the unique URL of the page? Be sure to test any changes with Webmaster's Structured Data Testing Tool Description of og:url: The canonical URL of your object that will be used as its permanent ID in the graph.


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Must mypage.html contain an tag with a reference to this page? No, the image does not need to be visible on the page you are linking to. The OG image represents/summarises the resource, it does not need to be part of its contents. In this related question the OP is advertantly linking to a (default) blank image on their WordPress blog (which doesn't ...


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David L says in How can the language of the Facebook "like" button be changed?: ... the language pointed out in the URL, is for the DEFAULT language of the text. However, if a person has her/his Facebook account already open, such setting is superseded by the default language of THE ACCOUNT'S language. But that will change according to each individual's ...


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Google follows the trends like anyone else. When blogs started putting images between the title and content, they then decided this was a good thing. But I am not sure it amounts to too much. It is more of a psychological thing that encourages people to scroll down and read thus spend more time on the site. It is a feel good thing. In this way Google thinks ...


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While Google and Bing admit to using social signals for performance analysis, Google (at least) also admits that they do not look at Facebook likes and for good reason. It was a complete disaster when they did. Bing on the other hand did have an agreement with Facebook at one time and may still likely. The only real social signal Google may consider as ...


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No. But what you can do is get more detailed information on Google Analytics. You can track your +1, Facebook likes etc. a little from there: http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en_uk/analytics/features/social-sharing.html. To track people sharing your website, see the acquisition -> social -> trackbacks page of Google Analytics. It's not specific to Google Plus, ...


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Answer: Because everyone else does it and social networks are obviously awesome. :) Alt Answer: Because it supposedly promotes sharing of your content Alt Alt Answer: There is no 'should' with regards to social sharing buttons. There's only 'should' with regards to making your website better—whatever better means to you on that site. More traffic? better ...


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zigojacko says in a comment: It's coded incorrectly, you need to be using the URL of each article in the foreach loop so that each set of sharing widgets shares the appropriate URL (currently, 1 share on FB will replicate across all instances on the same page).


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One possibility: You may be trying to bind to the events before all the javascript files are loaded. The calls to FB.Event.subscribe and twttr.events.bind should be done after the page is loaded. For example using jquery $(document).ready(function() { or the method built into the facebook api: window.fbAsyncInit = function(){ I would recommend putting ...


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I believe it's a combination of the page having a verified name and URL.


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While you are creating the code from twitter, If you have entered any url it will share that page content and url every time. So the solution is just need to avoid the url option while your using twitter share button code , It will read the content from the current page and share current url. Normally all the social share button using og meta data so set ...


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