As the image shows, with the new longer ads, the social media buttons have been relocated to the absolute rock bottom position on the page - in the right column below the comments. Social media referrals are very important for short term and long term traffic, especially Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter. Please move them higher on the page. Most similar site have them at the top. I simply don't understand why HP has done this. Please shift them higher in the column. These buttons are extremely important for authors wanting to get traffic and build their reputation and authority. Moving them higher would boost traffic for hubbers and HP. Why does HP suddenly regard these buttons as an after thought that no one will ever see at the very bottom of the page? I don't understand this. Please reconsider - Thanks!
I sincerely do not intend to be sarcastic here, but would like to ask a simple question:
Have we become so lazy due to technological advances that we cannot take one second, or a few, to scroll down to the social sharing buttons?
I have no problem with where they have been placed - mainly because when I submit a comment on a hub, I am already at the bottom of the page and the share buttons are right there, easy for me to click on.
I was just reading the Hub of the Day. I "liked" it, and left a comment. I never saw a share button. Also, I wanted to pin it to my board but, when looking at the social media buttons at the top of the page, I saw no Pinterest button. What gives?
I also thought they were gone when I wanted to tweet a hub the other day. Were tests done to figure out the best placement? I would think that having them above the fold would make it easier for users to find.
Obviously the endless layout experiments don't seem to be working. Every day, as I look at my account, something has changed for the worst. Scores down, copied content notices, income down etc. And now this: where have the share buttons gone?
The social buttons were fine where they were originally, scrolling down with the page. So when readers reach an interesting part of a hub, they are instantly reminded to share. As it is now, the share buttons cannot be found at all on tablets. Do you really expect people to read through 600 comments before finding the share buttons?
Stop wasting our time and money unnecessarily messing around with layout.
Enough is enough already! Please devote more time and resources on what is really important: Getting rid of crap hubs and help us better deal with stolen content.
It looks as though there has been an improvement: the share buttons are now appearing on my hubs at the second from last capsule. I think this is the point at which a visitor might decide whether or not to share.
I have noticed that the share buttons are placed differently on hubs. Some hub have the buttons always visible while scrolling down, while others have the buttons at the bottom. HP is testing as to the best position, I guess.
Hubpages has chosen to place a skyscraper ad directly to the right of our content. Then they placed their own search ads directly below that which means that the share buttons are less visible as many people will not...