Customize the Yoast SEO readability analysis feature

This guide is about the readability tab. For the SEO analysis, please see this article.

The readability analysis in Yoast SEO focuses on the quality of your text, and it is available in multiple languages. High-quality content is an important ranking factor. That is why this feature is automatically enabled, and we definitely recommend using it. However, if for some reason you need to disable it, you can do that site-wide or per user. In this post, we guide you through the steps you need to take to disable or enable the readability feature.

How to disable (or enable) the readability feature site-wide

  1. Log in to your WordPress website.

    When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’.

  2. Click on ‘Yoast SEO’.

    On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on ‘Yoast SEO’.

  3. Click on ‘General’.

    The ‘Yoast SEO’ settings will expand providing you with additional options. Click on ‘General’.
    Screenshot showing general tab in Yoast SEO

  4. Click on the ‘Features’ tab. 

    Screenshot showing Features tab in Yoast SEO

  5. Toggle the ‘Readability analysis’ switch.

    To enable the feature, toggle the switch to ‘On’.
    To disable the feature, toggle the switch to ‘Off’.

  6. Click ‘Save changes’.

How to disable (or enable) the content readability analysis for individual users

  1. Log in to your WordPress website.
    When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’.
  2. Click on ‘Users’.
    On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on ‘Users’.
  3. Click on ‘Profile’ or ‘Edit’ for other users.
    The user settings will expand providing you with additional options. Click on ‘Profile’ to disable the readability analysis for yourself or click ‘Edit’ below the username of another user to disable the analysis for them.


  4. Toggle the ‘Disable readability analysis’ checkbox.
    To enable the feature, uncheck the box.
    To disable the feature, check the box.

  5. Save Changes.
    Click ‘Update Profile’ or ‘Update User’ to save your changes.

How do I completely disable Yoast from working on a specific post or page?

You can use the code here to remove the Yoast code from the front and backend of a specific post or page. We recommend taking a backup of the site, prior to making any changes to it. If you are not sure how to do that, your host provider can help.

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