Each of my content types is being exported into its own feature. I now need to export several vocabularies that are associated with the content.

Some of the vocabularies are applied to multiple content types. What is my best option for exporting those? Can I export a stand-alone feature that contains all the vocabularies that apply to multiple content types? Or should I associate them all with the most common content type? Or do I have to include each vocabulary in each feature individually?

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An important thing to keep in mind is that things start getting messy when multiple features try to export the same thing. For example, have multiple features that export the same Taxonomy vocabulary. When this happens, best case scenario is that you have to update all the features every time you make a change to the vocabulary. Worst case is, well, worse than that. I've heard some horror stories, but never tried it personally; I do my best to keep proper separation.

In your case, I suggest separating the content types and vocabularies into separate Features. For the vocabularies, you can either put them all in one feature or split them up into separate features, whichever you prefer. I tend to keep all the vocabularies in a single feature, which I think makes sense for your situation as well. For the content type Features, you can now list as a dependency the Features module defining the vocabulary used by that content type.

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