Why every blogger should add estimated post reading time in a blog post it actually tells your readers how much time do you need to read this article and it is a good option for visitors to stop navigating away. I don’t know why bloggers are emphasizing on 5000 words articles when they can present the solution in 500 words article anyway. In this century bloggers are using this option frequently and big sites like medium.com are using it.
In this article, I am going to show you how you can add estimated post reading time in your blog post and what are the steps you should follow for implementation.
Estimated Post Reading Time Implementation
First, you have to install and activate a tiny WordPress plugin called Reading Time by Jason Yingling and it has almost 8,000 active installations see how popular it is among bloggers.
Second, go to the setting options and just do some little tweaks I share a pic below you can follow settings. The interesting point is how many words you want to set for per minute reading. If you are not sure just leave default settings and update the options.
Now it depends on you if you don’t want to display reading time in each post, then just uncheck ‘Insert Reading Time before content’ and ‘Insert Reading Time before excerpt’ options. The reason for this plugin offers shortcode which you can insert manually in posts where needs to be display reading time.
How To Add Reading Progress Bar
Few bloggers want to display a progress bar for there readers it actually displays the bar instead of reading time. To use this option you have to install a WordPress plugin called Worth the read.
Progress bar indicator showing the user how far they scrolled through the current post and you can control the color and placement of the progress bar. The progress bar only displays once when the user begins scrolling the page. When the user stops scrolling the content progress bar mutes until it user starts reading again.
Here is the catch if you are still not sure or maybe you don’t like this plugin options you can also check these 4 paid plugins too.
4 Paid WordPress plugins to estimate the reading time of an article
Now go to the post and see how it looks you can look this post reading time too because I already implemented it on my blog.
I hope this article helps you to integrate estimated reading time and progress bar in your blog. I also wrote an article about proofreading you can also read it to become more professional in writing. If you like my blog please don’t forget to subscribe.