Can I Add an Excerpt to My WordPress Website?
Adding an excerpt to your blog can be a great way to attract more potential readers to your site. The excerpt is usually seen as an excerpt from a larger piece of content such as a full-blown article, a podcast episode, or a webinar. The goal is to show a small sample of your best work in a nutshell, and attract visitors to your site who might be interested in reading the rest of the content.
There are several ways to add an excerpt to your website. You can either use one of the automated tools that does all the heavy lifting for you or you can paste in the excerpt from your content and write a short bio on the product (or service) you are promoting.
The Automatically Generated Excerpt
The first and most obvious way to add an excerpt to your website is to use one of the auto-generated excerpt tools that will pull content from your blog and display it at the top of your web page. There are several advantages to using these tools. First, they speed up the process of getting content onto your site. Second, they help keep your content fresh by periodically pulling new content based on how often you publish new blog posts. Third, they provide you with a ready-made platform to engage with your audience.
However, there are some significant disadvantages to using automated tools to pull content for your blog excerpt. One major drawback is that you have to keep republishing your content in order for the excerpt to be updated. This means you have to keep publishing new content or doing marketing every month just to keep up with the excerpts. Another major drawback is that you have to ensure that the content distributed by the tool is of a high quality. Otherwise, your site could easily be filled with poor-quality content that looks like it was ripped from a low-quality newspaper.
Paste In The Excerpt
Another way to add an excerpt to your website is to paste in the excerpt from your content. When we say “paste in the excerpt”, we mean you should either write a short bio on the product (or service) you are promoting or link back to the full article on your site. You can also add a short interview with the company that made the product (or service) you are talking about.
The advantage of this method is that you can add the content whenever you want and there is no specific timeline you have to stick to in order to keep the excerpt current. You can use this method to promote content that is currently available or content that will be available in the future.
The disadvantage of this method is that you have to ensure that the content you are using is of a high quality and properly attributed to the original source. If you are using content that does not comply with Creative Commons guidelines, you could face legal action.
Bio, Product, Or Service?
The final way to add an excerpt to your website is to write a short bio, add a product (or service) description, or add a resource for potential readers to find the information they are looking for. You can put these elements in whatever order you want but it is best to include all of them.
The advantage of this method is that you can use whatever content you want. There is no pre-set formula or algorithm that the content has to follow. You can also put these elements on separate pages if you want so more people can find what they are looking for without having to flip through your entire site.
The disadvantage of this method is that you have to ensure that everything is formatted properly and attributed to the correct source. This includes writing a short bio on a person’s profile page that contains a hyperlink back to your website. Writing a short bio requires significant effort and proper formatting is not easy. Even if you follow all the proper procedures, you could still make mistakes that result in legal action.
Which one of these methods you choose to use to add an excerpt to your website depends on your goals. If you want to create a brand new audience and gain potential subscribers to your blog, you should use one of the automated tools. They will help you get your content out there quickly while still keeping up with the proper attribution.