Properly presented, content on your WordPress site can invite users to read all of what you have to say. Having an action word in your title and a colorful graphic are two useful strategies.
But sometimes you have a lot to say and seeing 300-400 words cascading down the screen can be intimidating. That’s where the “Continue Reading . . . ” link can help.
Placing the “Continue Reading . . .” link in an appropriate place 150 to 200 words into your post can make it appear to be an easier read. You might place it after a paragraph or perhaps at a place that teases the reader: “During our recent field trip, four students plunged” – Continue Reading . . .
To see this in action, click HERE then scroll down to this post.
Here’s an easy step-by-step guide to using this handy tool:
1. The “Continue Reading . . .” button is to the right in the first row of editing tools (see red circle above). Place your cursor where you’d like the jump to occur then click on the “Continue Reading . . .” button. You’ll see a row of dashed lines and the word “more” appear.
2. Continue writing your post below the link.
3. When you publish your post, the “Continue Reading . . .” link will appear at the bottom of the visible part of the post on your front page. When users click on the link, they will be taken to the full post where they left off reading.
The “Continue Reading . . . ” link appears on your front page but not on the post page where there is no need for a link.