If I 'like' a post that is a shared a web page within Facebook, is that in any way connected to the number of likes that are shown on the actual web page in the Facebook share button?

Put otherwise: To acquire likes on an external web page, does one actually need to click the like button on that external page?

Put slightly otherwise: Is there any way within Facebook to add to the number of likes shown on an external web page's facebook like button?

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I have often wondered the same thing. Looking at the respective pages for the Like and Share buttons, the answer is not 100% clear if the Likes of a Share are added to the Likes of a page but this question, which is on both pages, seems to imply that they are (in the third point):

What makes up the number shown next to my Share button?

The number shown is the sum of:

  • The number of likes of your URL
  • The number of shares of your URL (this includes copy/pasting a link back to Facebook)
  • The number of likes and comments on stories on Facebook about your URL

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