Become a Yoast SEO pro

In this series, we’ll help you become a Yoast pro! Here, you’ll find all the guides and how-tos on using the Yoast SEO plugin. Don’t miss the best tricks and tips on how to use our plugin to its full extent.

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Transition words: why and how to use them

16 December 2020 | 9 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 check in Yoast SEO provides feedback on your use of transition words. But what are they exactly? Why are they so important? …

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How to use the readability analysis in Yoast SEO

9 November 2020 | 12 Comments | Edwin Toonen

If you’re a user of Yoast SEO, then you’re probably familiar with the colored bullets (or dots, or even ‘traffic lights’) in our plugin. Two parts of Yoast SEO use this system: the content analysis and the readability analysis. The first checks whether your post is SEO-proof, while the latter checks if it’s readable for …

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Social media optimization with Yoast SEO

5 October 2020 | 10 Comments | Joost de Valk

Our Yoast SEO plugin handles optimization of your WordPress site for search engines, and we dare say it does that pretty well! Most of it is technical and content optimization, but there’s more to SEO than on-page optimization. You need links pointing to your website and for that to happen, people need to talk about you and …

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How many internal links does a post have? Find out the easy way!

2 September 2020 | 39 Comments | Marieke van de Rakt

Do you wonder how often you link to a certain post? Or how many outgoing links it has? If you don’t, you should. Because if you want a post to rank, you should link to it from related content. And, if it’s an important post, you should link to it more often. But how do …

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How to set up a cornerstone content strategy with Yoast SEO

On your site, you’ll probably have a few articles that are most dear to your heart. Articles you desperately want people to read. Articles you want people to find in Google. At Yoast, we call these articles your cornerstone articles. How does the Yoast SEO plugin help you set up a cornerstone content strategy? I’ll …

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Yoast SEO & Ryte: Checking your site’s indexability

17 April 2020 | 28 Comments | Edwin Toonen

Your site needs to be up and running if you want to be found in search engines. If you aren’t blocking anything — deliberately or accidentally — search engine spiders can crawl and index it. You probably know that Yoast SEO has lots of options to determine what does and doesn’t need to be indexed, but …

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Paragraph length check: Why and how to write shorter paragraphs

17 February 2020 | Marieke van de Rakt

The paragraph length check in the Yoast SEO plugin tells you to write shorter paragraphs when they are too long. But why is this important? What does a good paragraph even look like? And lastly, what should you do to keep your paragraphs concise? Let’s explore! Having a red or orange bullet for the paragraph length check …

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Why and how to write shorter sentences for SEO

11 February 2020 | Marieke van de Rakt

The sentence length check in Yoast SEO warns against using too many long sentences. But what makes a sentence too long? Why should you avoid too many long sentences? And how do you chop up one longer sentence into several shorter sentences? In this article, we’ll explain why you shouldn’t use too many long sentences …

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