As a part of my WordPress Free Setup program, I was helping one of ShoutMeLoud reader Kunal to get started with a professional WordPress blog. He took care of theme itself and did almost everything when it comes to WordPress Theme setup.
So last night I was reviewing his blog and one thing in particular caught my eyes and that is number of social bookmarking icons he was using:
When I started blogging, I also started putting every possible social bookmarking icon hoping someone to share my post on any of these social bookmarking sites, but this approach was wrong.
Imagine which is easy for you:
- Selecting the best out of best
- Selecting the best out of all
For me it’s the first one. It’s easier to select one which is popular and fits your niche. Why would you like to put icons of site which is being used by handful of people?
More over keeping lots of social bookmarking icons might confuse your readers and they will skip it. Try to recall when was the last time you shared an article and why you did it? (Apart from being a good content).
More over putting social bookmarking icons with counter increase the chances of sharing. As people love to see counter growing and feel safe to share articles which already got good number of share. Also prefer to keep social bookmarking icons at the prominent position like at the top or below article so that when reader is done reading your blog, he might like to share your article. In my case I have put social bookmarking icons at the top and put Email subscription box at the bottom.
Do let us know what do you prefer? Keeping all social bookmarking icons or keeping selected one?
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