How many sites will you use Yoast SEO Premium on?
Yoast SEO assessment: Paragraph length
What does the paragraph length assessment do?
The paragraph length assessment checks whether your paragraphs are too long. We advise you to keep the length of your paragraphs below 150 words to ensure maximum comprehension while reading. Long paragraphs tend to be hard to read and can make a text appear less attractive.
Why is it important to improve your paragraphs for readability and SEO?
Good content is an essential part of any SEO strategy. No content, no rankings. But as search engines get better at reading and understanding text, they also get better at filtering out the cruft. A well-written, authoritative and understandable text will have a much greater chance of ranking than something that was quickly thrown together. A great article is defined by awesome paragraphs. These paragraphs tie the text together and help people — and search engines — to understand it.
Do you want to optimize your paragraphs?
Good writing doesn’t come natural for a lot of people, but with practice you can learn how to write a good text. And the more you write, the better you get. Eventually, you’ll find it easier to come up with an idea, how to form that idea into a text and how to structure that text via paragraphs and subheadings.
There are a couple of things to remember when writing a paragraph. First, you have to see a paragraph as a thematic unit. Everything you want to say inside that paragraph should be contained within that paragraph. Second, a good paragraph starts with a core sentence and spends the rest of the paragraph to elaborate on that. This way, a reader can just read the first sentences of the paragraphs and still get a grasp of what the article wants to say. Third, use Yoast SEO to help with your readability. The plugin helps you to cut down on that pesky passive voice, those long sentences and dense paragraphs.
Learn more about why an how you should write shorter paragraphs ▸