Read More Button – How to Add, Best Practices & SEO Impacts

Table of Content

What are Ready More Buttons and Why Are They Useful?

‘Read more’ button best practices

Text legibility

Use of contrast

Actionable words

Adding benefits

Keep it short and sweet

Use ‘click triggers’

Mobile-first

Personalize

Stay in the flow

How to add ‘read more’ buttons in WordPress

If you do not have Gutenberg…

Other options…

Using shortcodes

Using plugins

The impact of a ‘read more’ button on SEO

Results in easier site navigation

Results in a higher rank in SERPs

Results in a more visually appealing site

Contributes to CTR

In conclusion

 

What are Ready More Buttons and Why Are They Useful?

 

The ‘read more ‘ button comes in handy for every webmaster. The button is versatile and has many uses, for example, it can be used to truncate content so that only a part is displayed. It is also used to toggle between showing and hiding content, for example when a site hides content and wants you to subscribe in order to read the rest.

 

It is used on FAQ pages where only part of the answer is shown and the reader needs to click ‘read more’ in order to see the rest of the answer or in search engine results where only part of the meta description is shown. When this button is used in this way, it is referred to as an accordion.

 

An example of hidden content. Source: https://hbr.org/

hidden content example

 

An example of an accordion

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accordion example

 

The read more button is also used in emails as shown in the following image:

read more button is also used in emails example

Image source: PostPlanner

 

The ‘read more’ button is usually presented as a button, icon, arrow, or hyperlink. Sometimes, it may be a combination of a button/icon and a hyperlink.

 

This button can also resolve to another page, giving the reader a chance to further interact with the site and its content.

 

‘Read more’ button best practices

 

Your ‘read more’ button needs to stand out from the rest of the content. It must be aligned to your brand too. Here are the best practices to follow when creating your ‘read more’ buttons:

Text legibility

Make sure that your button’s text is easily legible and large enough. This will make it more visible. The text size should be reasonably large.

good and bad button

Image source: GoSquared

 

Excessively large text will look odd and the user may not even want to click on it.

Use of contrast

Your ‘read more’ button needs to stand out, and contrast is one surefire way to achieve this. This website uses the ‘continue reading’ button in place of ‘read more’ to guide its users on the next steps to take. This button stands out from the rest of the content. It has a purple border that makes it easy for the user to notice. It also has a lot of white space surrounding it.

copyblogger example

Source: CopyBlogger

Actionable words

While there is nothing inherently wrong with using ‘read more’, it is advisable to use words that inspire immediate action, as they have a sense of urgency. You can use more urgency and trigger words like ‘Read More to Improve Your SEO’ etc

 

Here are examples of statements that you can use in your ‘read more’ button:

 

  • read now
  • read unlimited articles only for today
  • Read unlimited articles while offer lasts
  • Take advantage of today’s unlimited content offer

 

Words that point to exclusivity also come in handy. Examples here include ‘exclusive’, ‘subscriber list’, and ‘members’. A call to action example could be, ‘join our exclusive members to read more’.

Adding benefits

Adding a benefit will also encourage a user to take action. You could, for example, include a benefit like ‘read more and get a free ebook’. This will inspire your readers to actually click the ‘read more’ button and read in order to get the benefit, especially if they already enjoy the content that they have already interacted with.

Keep it short and sweet

While we mentioned that adding a benefit will inspire your readers to take action, using a few words is ideal. Keep the ‘read more’ button text between 2 and 5 words. One way to shorten the button text is to use ‘click triggers’. Let’s look at these next.

Use ‘click triggers’

This is an additional button text that helps you communicate benefits. Your main button text could be ‘read more’ and your click trigger ‘get my free ebook’. The main button text needs to be larger and more legible. The click trigger is much smaller.

Mobile-first

When designing your ‘read more’ button, it is important to design first for mobile. Google is now using mobile-first indexing, beginning July 1st, 2019. This means that your ‘read more’ button needs to look great on mobile. It also needs to be easy to use, keeping in mind that users on screens will be ‘touching’ the screen and not using mice or laptop touchpads. The button needs to be big enough in order for them to ‘touch’ it without having to pinch their screen to make it larger.

 

A size of at least 48 x 48 dp (density independent pixels) is ideal for mobile devices. The space between buttons should be at least 8 dp. Learn more about mobile UI button design in this article.

Personalize

When the button text is more personalized, users are likely to click. You could, for example, have a ‘read more’ with text like ‘get my free ebook’ instead of the usual ‘read more’. This not only has a benefit but is more personalized. It could achieve a higher CTR than ‘get your free ebook’.

Stay in the flow

Your ‘read more’ button should stay in the user’s natural reading flow. Users read from top to bottom and left to right. Place your ‘read more’ button on the right or bottom of the particular excerpt. Most importantly, place the button where it is easy to find. Readers need not scroll too far to find it.

 

How to add ‘read more’ buttons in WordPress

 

WordPress 5.0 has a new feature that allows you to easily add buttons in WordPress. The new block editor (Gutenberg) comes with an in-built button block which makes it easier to create a ‘read more’ button. Here is how to go about it:

 

  • Log in to your dashboard
  • Go to posts
  • You can also edit an existing post
  • Place your mouse cursor where you would like to display the ‘read more’ button
  • Click the plus icon to add a new block
  • Under the layout elements, choose the button block as shown in the following image:

button blocks wordpress

 

  • The button will be added to your post as follows:

adding button on wordpress

 

  • Edit the text to ‘read more’
  • Paste the link you want the button to resolve to

adding button on wordpress

 

  • Format the button further by choosing its alignment, color and style.

 

Here is how the button looks like ultimately:

adding button on wordpress

If you do not have Gutenberg…

You can still add a ‘read more’ hyperlink to serve as a button. Here is how to go about it:

 

  • Log in to your dashboard
  • Go to posts
  • Then create a new post
  • You can also edit an existing post
  • Place your mouse cursor where you would like to display the ‘read more’ button
  • Click the ‘visual’ option of your editor and choose the following icon:

adding button on wordpress

 

  • Your post will split as follows, with the words ‘MORE’ showing, and the text that will be hidden coming after it.

adding button on wordpress

  • The default text will be ‘continue reading’ but you can change that to ‘read more’

 

Alternatively,

 

  • Once you have access to an existing post or have started creating a new one, you could choose the HTML option of your editor as follows:

adding button on wordpress

  • Place the cursor where you want the ‘read more’ to be ultimately displayed
  • Choose ‘more’ from your HTML editor
  • It will create a tag like this one: <!–more→
  • Edit it to ‘read more’
  • Make sure that this tag is placed outside other HTML tags to avoid formatting issues

 

Note:

  • When using the read more tag on WP, you need to repeat the above procedure for each of your posts or pages.
  • The button is only seen on main pages like the home page or post page, and not the individual post as in:

adding button on wordpress

Other options…

  • Using HTML code and styling using CSS
  • Using shortcodes
  • Using plugins

 

We will explore the last two.

Using shortcodes

You can use a plugin like MaxButtons to generate short codes for your WordPress site. Here is how to go about it:

 

  • Access your WordPress dashboard
  • Go to plugins
  • Search for MaxButtons and Download it
  • Activate the plugin
  • On the plugin’s dashboard, choose ‘Add New’
  • This will take you to the button editor.

adding button on wordpress

 

  • You can then add the ‘read more’ text and the link that you want it to resolve to.
  • Style the button as you want
  • You can preview the changes in the ‘live preview’ button as you make them.

shortcode example button

 

  • Save the button
  • Go back to the MaxButton dashboard and you will see the generated shortcode.

add button using shortcode

 

  • Copy and paste the shortcode where you desire on your post or page
  • You should be able to see the button on your post or page once it is published
  • The downside to this method is that if you want to add a button that has a different style from the one you just entered you would have to edit each specific button

Using plugins

A plugin like Forget about shortcode buttons will come in handy, as you do not need to use shortcodes.

 

  • Install and activate the plugin
  • Create a new page or article
  • On the visual editor choose insert button

using plugin to add read more button

  • Add the button text and the URL that you would like the button to resolve to
  • Style your button as desired. Choose the icon, color, size, and alignment
  • Publish your new or updated post

 

Here is how a sample button could look like:

read more button example

 

The impact of a ‘read more’ button on SEO

 

The ‘read more’ button is important both for users and SEO. Here are several reasons why:

Results in easier site navigation

By the time your reader is getting to the ‘read more’ button, they have already read the excerpt or summarized version of your content, whetting their curiosity. What this button does is make it easier for them to take the next step.

 

The user would want to know what happens next, and the ‘read more’ button ushers them into the ‘other side of the story’ where the user’s curiosity is satisfied.

Results in a higher rank in SERPs

The ‘read more’ buttons can be used to encourage users to engage with more of your content, and spend more time on site. Also, Google is aware of how much time is spent on site due to bounce rates, so this can indirectly help your site rank higher, and could even offer a slight improvement in your rankings.

Results in a more visually appealing site

Using the ‘read more’ button makes your site more appealing. Instead of having to include all the information on a single page, you only get to show what is important and direct the user towards accessing more content.

read more button example

Source: AVG

Contributes to CTR

The ‘read more’ button contributes to your CTR (click-through rate). Users get a chance to interact with your content and offer and are further willing to take more action, for example, signing up or making a purchase. The ‘read more’ acts a herald to the ‘main CTA’. If your end-goal, for example, is for people to request for a quote, then the ‘read more’ button helps guide your users to interact with more content that ultimately leads to the eventual goal.

 

In conclusion

 

We have looked at the ‘read more’ button, its importance, and the best practices to implement it effectively on your site. Despite looking at the above best-practices, you need to continuously test to see what works for your brand and what doesn’t. You will ultimately get the right mix for you.

 





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