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Transition words: why and how to use them

17 December 2021 | 16 Comments | Marieke van de Rakt

Using transition words in your writing can help you enhance the readability of your content. These words help your text flow and show readers the relationship between phrases and paragraphs. That’s why the readability checks in Yoast SEO provide feedback on your use of transition words. But what are they exactly? Why are they so …

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Transition words: why and how to use them

How to write clear and SEO-friendly paragraphs

15 December 2021 | 14 Comments | Marieke van de Rakt

Paragraphs? Isn’t that what you get when you insert a white space after a bunch of sentences? Do you need to think about where to put that whitespace? Or can you just put one in whenever you feel like it? Well, writing correct and clear paragraphs is really important for the readability of a text. …

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How to write clear and SEO-friendly paragraphs


Does readability rank? On ease of reading and SEO

21 September 2021 | 4 Comments | Marieke van de Rakt

Is it worth your while making your text easy to read? Will it lead to higher rankings and more traffic? In simpler terms: Does readability rank? At Yoast, we’re convinced that writing in plain and understandable language can and will get you more visitors. We’ve even developed a tool to help people write readable text. …

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Does readability rank? On ease of reading and SEO

The 6 most common SEO mistakes and how to avoid them

Not sure why you’re not ranking #1 for your focus keywords in Google? You might be making one of the mistakes a lot of site owners make. We see it happen a lot. From small local businesses to big corporate ones, lots of websites are making similar mistakes. Here, we’ll give you an overview of …

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The 6 most common SEO mistakes and how to avoid them


The readability checks in Yoast SEO: a closer look with our linguists

This month we are commemorating 5 years since the Yoast SEO readability check was first released! Since then, we’ve continued making improvements. We sat down with our Linguistics team lead, Manuel Augustin, and researcher-developer, Hanna Worku, to get a deeper view of how the readability check works and how they adapt the tool to add …

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The readability checks in Yoast SEO: a closer look with our linguists

5 years of writing readable content with Yoast SEO

Writing seems simple enough, but writing a compelling text that keeps the attention is quite hard. Especially online. To keep people on your page, you need to write quality content that’s easy to read. Easier said than done? You’re absolutely right. That’s why we introduced a readability analysis in our Yoast SEO plugin five years …

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5 years of writing readable content with Yoast SEO


Manage your readers’ expectations to reduce the bounce rate of your post

2 February 2021 | 14 Comments | Camille Cunningham

Grabbing the attention of people online is hard. But keeping that attention is way harder. In fact, it takes most site visitors less than a second to form an opinion about your page. That’s all the time they need to decide if they’re going to stay or not. So having a clear message that’s easy …

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Manage your readers’ expectations to reduce the bounce rate of your post