WordPress is one of the most customizable blogging platforms out there. If you’ve been following the Build Your Site Right category at WorkFromYourLaptop.com, then you’ve learned, among other things, how to embed YouTube video, optimize your images, turn your images into links, and master internal, external and back linking. But how about customizing your blogroll? Knowing how to add Read More to blog posts can clean up that blogroll and engage your readers into each post.
In this article (with video), you’re going to learn how to add Read More to blog posts and how to use it in the right way to engage your readers quickly. Don’t worry, there’s no coding needed. It’s as easy as the press of one button! This will improve your bounce rate and keep eyes on your site longer!
How to Add Read More to Blog Posts
Watch the following video to understand the simple process of how to add read more to blog posts. It’s quick and easy and doing it right will have your readers wanting to do exactly what the tag says: read more!
Why Use the Read More Tag in Your Blog Posts?
One of the essential elements to SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is creating a good user experience. Many themes by default show your posts in their entirety on your blogroll. Using the Read More tag in WordPress helps to clean up your blogroll by showing just a tease of what’s coming instead of the entire article. It allows your reader to more easily see the titles of your content and a sentence or two of what they’re about instead of having to scroll all the way down through an entire post to see the next article.
You can place it anywhere in the beginning of your post so your reader sees only a tease of your post from the blogroll. To jump into the post and read the rest they simply click on “Read More”.
The following steps show how to add Read More to blog posts.
You can access the Read More tag from your post editor. The Read More button is the icon with the hyphens on it:
Place the cursor wherever you’d like to create a break in your content and then click the Read More tag.
I’ll use a sample post to show the steps to add the Read More tag. From the visual editor, you’ll see a hyphenated “MORE” appear in your text once you’ve created the break. In the text editor the Read More HTML code appears slightly different. Please see the images below.
How Read More appears in visual editor
How Read More appears in text editor
Try your best to leave just a sentence or two before the Read More tag. The text above the break will be what is seen in your blogroll as the tease. You want your reader to read this little snippet, be engaged, and then click to enter the actual post and read the rest of the content.
And this is how your post will appear from your blogroll once saved and published.
Your post now shows just a couple of sentences of content before the prompt to read more. Notice the prompt may not say “Read More” but may say something like “Continue Reading” as in this example once published. This is theme dependent and will vary from theme to theme.
Can You Use Read More in Pages the Same Way it is Used in Posts?
Understanding how to add Read More to blog posts is important because WordPress usually displays posts in their entirety on the blogroll. This is not true for pages. Pages have to be nested into menus in WordPress. They aren’t listed in any kind of blogroll the way your blog posts are.
For this reason the Read More tag isn’t necessary for Pages.
Creating a great user experience is the name of the game when it comes to blogging. Content is absolutely king.
By cleaning up your blogroll and having an organized summary of each post before diving in, your readers can see more of your content at one time and easily decide on which article they’d like to dive into.
Understanding how to add read more to blog posts is a quick and painless process that once put into use, can really add to the aesthetics of your blog and improve the user experience.
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What questions do you have for me? Is understanding how to add Read More to blog posts a quick and painless lesson? Will you be integrating this into your blogroll? Don’t hesitate to share your stories and ask any questions you have in the comments below. I’m always available and look forward to getting back to you.