One of my pet peeves are blogs that have excerpts on their homepage AND social share buttons.
Here are two awesome reasons why you should not put social share buttons on your homepage:
- It looks cluttered. This is mostly the case if you use the big, bulky social share buttons from Jetpack. If you have smaller, text icons or links then it’s not as big of a deal. But those big ones from Jetpack are MASSIVE and there’s like eight of them or something! I often see the buttons span over two lines.
- I won’t share your post before I’ve read it. I’m not going to read the title of your post and that short, 50 word excerpt and share your post. If I’m going to share it, I’m going to do so after I’ve read the entire post.
Share buttons are really important AFTER readers have read the post.
I think it’s important to have share buttons at the bottom of the post. When someone is done reading, they might think to themselves, “Wow, that was a fantastic article! Other people should read this,” and then want to share on Twitter, Facebook, etc. But that thought isn’t going to come until after they’re done reading. That’s why it’s pointless to have the share buttons after only the post title and a 55 word excerpt.