When I visit blogs, I usually leave unless something interests me above the fold (The area where I can see by loading your site, without having to scroll down to see more). If I like an article you have written, expect a comment or subscription, but please..Do not infest your “After-The-Post” area with 10 different icons for different social networks. An example of this is the picture below:
The amount of readers that actually take the time to add the specific post to their “Favourites” on 10 different (or even 1) bookmark manager would be feeble. Even if they do, wouldn’t that be taking away from R.S.S Subscriptions because of the time taken to add it to their favourites? I used to use 6 icons, and then realized that Stumbleupon was the only icon worth having on my blog because all of the other ones don’t deliver.
Something that people should REALLY be careful about is having 30 icons at the end of their posts, overwhelming the reader with choices and distractions, then perhaps losing a comment. A valuable piece of your readers knowledge lost because they feel its not worth their time to go past all of the “End-Of-Post” content that is on every one of the bloggers post.
So what about you? Do you really take the time to add the post to any other bookmark/social media sites except Stumbleupon, or do you just read it and continue to surf other blogs. Personally, I rarely add posts that I have read to Stumbleupon unless they really would make a difference to my friends and is something that they would find interesting.
My advice would be to have your top preforming network or 2 after your post, and then a comment link. By doing this, You focus the readers attention on one of the two icons and have more of a chance to have a reader do something with them, instead of just lollygag and skip the process. Keep it simple and watch your blog interactivity explode!