Truncating posts on homepage/archives/label-pages is a must for every blog. If you care for your readers and search engines, then you should know that truncating the posts will make both of them happy.
By showing only a small part instead of the complete post, you will save some bandwidth and time of your readers. And similarly search engines will load your pages quickly too. Moreover your readers will not miss the posts present at the bottom and when they click on the “read more” links to read the posts in detail, it will increase your pageviews too.
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What’s the problem?
So I will suggest you to use the official method of truncating posts suggested by Blogger: i.e. use <!– more –> anywhere in the blog-post to truncate it. Read the complete post here.
And if you are facing any problems in using this method, then read; how to fix errors in Blogger Read-More hack.
Benefits you will get by using this method:
1. Posts are truncated for both your readers and search engines.
2. Decreases loading time of your blog (you can check it in your Google Webmasters account), as posts are truncated for search-engine-bots too.
3. Increases page-views.
A suggestion to further optimize your blog:
Limit the non-truncated part of the posts to only 1 image (that means, show only 1 image per post in the homepage). Hide extra images in the hidden/truncated part, as it will decrease the loading time of your hompage/archive pages.
Check it yourself… – Immediately after implementing this hack in all the blog posts (being shown in the homepage), you can check and see the improvements your blog has made:
1. Go to Pingdom-Tools and note down the loading time of your blog.
2. Now apply this hack to all the posts present on your blogs homepage, and then again check the loading time of your blog at Pingdom.
You’ll notice the difference;
– in the total HTML size of the blog (it will decrease) and,
– in the loading time (it will also decrease, that means your blog now loads faster).