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Paragraph length check: Why and how to write shorter paragraphs

13 February 2024 Marieke van de Rakt

The paragraph length check in Yoast SEO (for WordPress or Shopify) 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! Why your paragraphs shouldn’t be too long Properly sized …

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Paragraph length check: Why and how to write shorter paragraphs


How to use the readability analysis in Yoast SEO

3 January 2024 | 4 Comments Edwin Toonen

If you’re a user of Yoast SEO for WordPress or Shopify, then you’re probably familiar with the traffic lights in our plugin. Three parts of Yoast SEO use this system: the content analysis, the readability analysis, and the inclusive language analysis. The first checks whether your post or product pages are SEO-proof, while the latter …

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How to use the readability analysis in Yoast SEO

Transition words: why and how to use them (with video explanation)

13 December 2023 Cindy Paul

Using transition words in your writing can help you enhance the readability of your content. They 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 transition words, and why are they so …

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Transition words: why and how to use them (with video explanation)

Why you should use your focus keyphrase in your introduction

24 October 2023 | 2 Comments Cindy Paul

When you write a post or page, we advise you to use your focus keyphrase in your introduction. Why? In short: Mentioning your focus keyphrase in your introduction makes it easier for readers and search engines to find your content. And figure out what it’s about. In this post, we’ll explain in depth why mentioning …

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Why you should use your focus keyphrase in your introduction


Yoast SEO’s hidden features that secretly level up your SEO

If you use Yoast SEO on your site, you’re probably familiar with features like the SEO analysis or the snippet preview. You might also know our inclusive language analysis, and how easily you can link to related posts or create redirects in the premium version of the plugin. But there’s (much) more! For instance, the …

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Yoast SEO’s hidden features that secretly level up your SEO


How to use the search appearance preview in Yoast SEO

27 July 2022 Edwin Toonen

You need to have nice-looking snippets to get more clicks. One way to ensure your site looks good in the search results is to use Yoast SEO’s search appearance preview. It simulates what a search result for your page would look like and allows you to edit the title, slug, and description! Here, we explain …

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How to use the search appearance preview in Yoast SEO

Indexing in Yoast SEO: What pages to show in Google’s search results

14 February 2022 Edwin Toonen

You probably want Google and other search engines to show most of your content in the search results. But most websites also have a few pages or posts that don’t need to be featured in those search results. So how do you tell Google what pages to show and which ones not to? This is …

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Indexing in Yoast SEO: What pages to show in Google’s search results