Learn to Create an Anchor in a WordPress Blog Post
Let me show you how to create an anchor in your blog post so that your readers can quickly and easily jump to a different spot in your post. An anchor is a spot in the page that you can link to from text somewhere else in the page. I know we want readers to hang on to every single word we write, but let’s be honest. Don’t you often want to just get to the main point when you’re reading someone’s post? I know I do.
Blog readers often skim through posts and if you offer them a way to jump to the information they want, I know they’ll be forever grateful.
Creating an anchor is a two step process, but it’s very simple.
1. Insert and Name the Anchor (**Note – I use the free plug in WP Edit which includes the anchor button. The TinyMCE Advanced plugin also includes it)
a. Make sure you’re in the Visual tab of your WordPress post editor for the post you want to create the anchor in.
b. Click on the exact spot where you want the reader to get to after clicking the link. This is where you’ll put the anchor.
c. Click the anchor button in your toolbar. When the pop up displays, type in the name of your anchor. Click OK.
2. Insert the Link to the Anchor
a. Go to the text where you want your reader to click in order to jump to the anchor. Highlight the text.
b. On the toolbar, click the Insert Link button. In the field, type a hashtag and then the name of the anchor. For example, #anchorname
c. Click the Apply button. Save your Draft. Preview to test your link. When you click it, it should jump to the spot where your anchor was inserted.
If you want to see a visual, here’s a video:
When you write a long post or one with several sections, considering creating an anchor so that your readers can get to the exact locations they want. This will truly improve their reading experience.
Let me know if you have any questions about how to create an anchor!