The user doesn’t come out of nowhere. We don’t land on your page and then head happily to those social networks to promote you, just because you have a button on your site. We find content through Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest etc., not the other way around.
– Oliver Reichenstein, Sweep the Sleaze
Oliver makes a lot of great points in his post.
I’ve often wondered whether the sharing buttons were worth having on my site. I keep reading about how effective they are on other sites, but I think Oliver is right when he says they are a desperate attempt at gaining traffic.
Heeding his words, I have removed the share buttons at the bottom of the post.
via Shawn Blanc