WordPress is one of the most customizable blogging platforms out there. With thousands of themes and functions available, you can turn just about any vision you have for your blog into reality. So do you know how to add Read More to blog posts?
If you’ve been following the Build Your Site Right category here at WorkFromYourLaptop.com, then you’ve learned, among other things, how to create a better user experience by embedding YouTube video, how to optimize your images, how to 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 really clean it up. Using this simple WordPress feature can instantly add engagement for your readers.
In this article (with video), I’m going to show you 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 which ultimately leads to more conversions!
How to Add Read More to Blog Posts
Watch the following video to understand the very simple process of how to add those “Read More” tags you’ve seen on blogs everywhere. It’s quick, it’s easy, and doing it right will have your readers wanting to do exactly what the tag says: read more!
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Think about it. You find a blogger who you know creates content on things that interest you. Anxious to scan his or her blogroll, you arrive at the website for the very first time and then this greets you.
No one likes being greeted by a wall of text when they arrive at a website.
This is why adding Read More tags to your posts can be so important. Adding “Read More” tags to your posts allows you to clean up the aesthetics of your blogroll while creating a tease to draw your audience in further. It can drastically change what first looks like a wall of text into a much more organized directory of blog posts.
Instead of hitting the back button, your reader will be able to easily scan your post titles easily and even read a sneak peek of the content inside.
The following easy steps show how to add Read More to blog posts.
First, it’s time to find the the Read More icon in your WordPress dashboard. You can access it from your post editor. The Read More button is the icon with the hyphens on it. You can see it in the picture below:
Place the cursor wherever you’d like to create the break in your content. Then click the Read More tag.
The sentences above the break in the content will serve as the tease seen in the blogroll. All the content below the break will be hidden until your reader clicks on the “Read More” tag to dive into the full article.
I’ll use a sample post here to show what it looks like as we create a “Read More” tag. From the visual editor, once you’ve decided where you’re going to create the break in your content and you’ve clicked on the “Read More” icon, you’ll see a hyphenated “MORE” appear in your text. In the text editor the Read More HTML code appears slightly different. Please see the images below.
How the Read More tag appears in the visual editor:
How the Read More tag appears in the text editor:
The best way to tease your content is to leave just a sentence or two before the Read More tag. 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.
Notice that the “Read More” prompt once published may not say “Read More” but may say something like “Continue Reading” as in this example. This is theme dependent and will vary from theme to theme.
As you can see in this sample post, two lines of content are visible, allowing the reader to sneak a peek at what the article looks like. After those two sentences of content, your reader can click the “Continue Reading” link to access the full article.
It couldn’t be any easier than that. What a difference this can make in cleaning up your blogroll and strengthening your engagement!
Can You Use Read More for Pages in the Same Way it is Used in Posts?
Pages aren’t displayed in a blogroll. WordPress by default only displays posts in their entirety on a blogroll. Pages, on the other hand, have to be nested into menus in WordPress to be seen. 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.
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.
No more walls of text greeting your readers. You’ll now have an organized summary of each post to showcase. Your readers will be able to see more of your content at one time and easily decide on which article they’d like to dive into.
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