If you don’t know what a jump link is, basically it’s a block of text that when clicked will send you to a specific part on a page.
Normally you’ll see many people create a small table of contents at the top of their post that will let people quickly go to the middle or end of their page.
Here’s an example of what jump links look like:
Now that you understand what a jump link is, let’s now get to the main part of this post which is how to create one.
How To Create A WordPress Jump Link
I’ll admit the first time I tried to create a jump link I was totally clueless and spent hours trying to figure it out. Honestly though I blame it mostly on the websites I was looking at — because they made it more confusing then it really should have been.
So to put it simply, there’s only two parts you’ll need to create a jump link:
- The Link
- The Target
Creating Your Link
Creating both your link and target will require a simple HTML code that you’ll be putting in your text editor of WordPress.
The code you’ll use for the link will be this:
<a href=”#unique-name”>Your Link Text</a>
This is the part people will click when you want to send them to a specific part of your page.
In the link itself you’ll want to create a unique name with the hashtag symbol before it, plus have a visible text link saying whatever you want.
Let’s take a look at this page your to see how I constructed this link.
Let’s use the jump link I created sending people to the section of my post talking about why you should use jump links.
First I created the unique name “why use jump links”.
<a href=”#whyusejumplinks”>Your Link Text</a>
Then I made my visible text say whatever I wanted. So I simply used the header title “Why Should You Use Jump Links” as my visible text in this situation.
<a href=”#whyusejumplinks”>Why Should You Use Jump Links</a>
Now once you have your link all set up, you’ll simply click the text tab in WordPress and place your link wherever you want.
Again this is what people are going to be clicking on, so more then likely you’ll want this at the top of your page somewhere.
Creating Your Target
Now that you got your link all set up, it’s now time to create your target (or the place you want people to go after they click your link).
The code you’ll use to create your target is:
Continuing with the same example above, let me show you how I did this.
So as you just saw, I made my unique name “why use jump links”, so in order for my target to work I’ll need to use this exact name again.
As you can see I used the exact same name here just without the hashtag. Now I’ll head back into the WordPress text tab and place this code where I want people to be go.
From what I’ve seen, the best place to put this code is right above the spot you want people to go. This will allow them to read whatever you have there without part of it being cut off.
How To Send Readers To The Top Of Your Page
Now that your readers have gotten to the middle or bottom of your page, what if they want to quickly go back to the very top?
I’m sure many of you have seen where an arrow or a block of text will say click here to go back to the top right? Well you can easily do this with the same target and link code’s we just went over.
First you’ll want to put the following target code at the top of your page:
Next you’ll want the following link code wherever you want someone to click:
<a href=”#top”>Go to the Top</a>
Again you can put whatever text you want, but I normally like to put “Click Here To Go Back Up” or “Go to the Top”.
Here’s an example of it in action.
Why Should You Use Jump Links?
The thought might have crossed your mind by now wondering what’s the point of even creating a jump link when you can simply scroll down and accomplish the same thing.
I would say jump links serve as two main purposes:
1. They give a brief overview of what the reader is about to learn. People online tend to jump from one website to the next scanning to see if what their looking for is on a particular site. By having a small table of contents with jump links at the top of your page, they can quickly glance and see what your page is about.
2. It lets people quickly jump to the content they want. Instead of making your readers scroll all the way down your page over content they may not necessarily be interested in, with jump links they can go right to the topic there interested in with a click of a button.
Next time you’re surfing the web, take a note as to which sites are using jump links. I think you’ll start to see the ones that do use them are much easier to navigate and allow you to find what you’re looking for a lot faster.
A Quick Recap On How To Create A Jump Link
Creating jump links is very useful, and is something that isn’t all that complicated to implement either.
So to give you a breakdown of what I just went over, here’s the two steps on how to create a jump link again:
1. Create a link with the code <a href=”#unique-name”>Your Link Text</a>. Make the unique name and link text whatever you want, and place is preferably somewhere at the top of your page
2. Create a target with the code <a name=”unique-name”></a>. Use the same unique name you have in your link text (without the hashtag symbol), then place it wherever you want someone to go after they click on your link.
Creating jump links in your articles is a great way to enhance your readers experience when they visit your website. It allows them to “jump” instantly to wherever they want without having to scroll through your entire page.
If you start incorporating these jump links into your own blog, don’t be surprised if your bounce rate starts to drop and you get people coming back to your site more often.
You see when Google views your site as a place people like to come to and interact on, they will start to rank your site a little higher in the search engines allowing you to get more traffic.
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So do you have any questions or maybe some tips you would like to share regarding jump links? Do you currently use them in your site, and if not do you think you will start now?
Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. 🙂