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Having trouble with adding Transition Words to your post?

What are Transition Words?

Transition Words or phrases are “connecting” words and phrases. They help to emphasize a point and establishes the relationship between ideas. Words like “because” or “also” are simple examples of Transition Words.

Readability Analysis in Yoast SEO

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Yoast Readability Metrices

Yoast SEO plugin is certainly one of the best SEO plugins for WordPress. Not only does it provide you focus keyword analysis, its also provides readability analysis. Since I am a developer, writing good articles does not come naturally.

Luckily, Yoast helps in improving my writing by giving readability suggestions. Yoast uses a few metrics to judge content. One metric that seems especially hard to achieve, at least for me, is the Transition word metric.

Is readability important?

The post from Yoast Blog, “Does Readability Rank?“, concludes that “Posts that are nice and easy to read will definitely result in more returning visitors and a higher conversion rate”. From the reader’s perspective, it is easier to process ideas if sentences are short. This creates a better user experience for the readers. And would encourage reading of an article in its entirety.

How does Transition Words apply in Yoast SEO?

Yoast recommends inclusion of transition words in at least 30% of the article. That’s about 1 in 3 sentences. That can be a challenge. Especially, if like me, your grammar of transition words consists primarily of “also” and “but“.

List of Transition Words for Yoast SEO

To effectively use Transition words, obviously, you’ll have to know them first. With reference to the Yoast source code and, we present you a list of easy to reference list below.

Addition Words

Addition Transition words and phrases help to convey additional points to your sentences. If you find your article littered with “and“, you’ll probably need to break up your sentences. Try using words such as, “additionallyas well asanother“.


Addition Phrases

another key pointas a matter of factas well as
at leastby the same tokencoupled with
for examplefor instancein addition
in another casein detailin other words
not to mentionsuch asto clarify
to say nothing oftogether withwhat’s more


Emphasis Words

Emphasis Transition words and phrases help to emphasize important points. These range of emphasis words have a different degree of assertiveness. And can certainly help you express an opinion or fact in a strong manner.

unquestionablywithout a doubtwithout doubt
without reservation


Emphasis Phrases

by all meansequally importantfor one thing
important to realizein particularin similar fashion
in the light ofin the same fashionin the same way
most compelling evidencemost importantmust be remembered
of courseon the positive sidepoint often overlooked
that isthat is to sayto be sure
to repeatto rephrase itwith attention to
with this purpose in mind


Condition / Contrast / Compare Words

These series of words can be used to pivot your ideas from one idea to the next. Otherwise, you can consider using emphasis phrases or illustration words to build on the same point.



Condition / Contrast / Comparison Phrases

analogous toalthough this may be trueanalogous to
as much asbalanced againstby comparison
compared tobe that as it maydifferent from
even moreeven soeven though
in contrastin either casein that case
in this situationin view ofinasmuch as
on condition thaton one handon the contrary
on the negative sideon the other handprovided that
seeing thattake the case ofto put it another way
to put it differentlyup againstvis a vis
while it may be truewhile this may be true


Illustration Words

Transition Words can also be used to help to illustrate complex ideas. By giving examples in your article, readers would be correspondingly understand your article better.



Illustration Phrases

as an illustrationat lengthin like fashion
in like mannerto demonstrateto emphasize
to enumerateto explainto illustrate
to listto point out


Cause and Effect Words

Cause and effect Transition Words help readers understand the “why” of your passages. Therefore, cause and effect words may occur less frequently than others.



Cause and Effect Phrases

above allafter allas a result
being thatdue toeven if
for fear thatgiven these pointsgiven that
in casein light ofin order that
in effectin order toin spite of
in the event thatin the hope thatin this case
on account ofon the condition thatonly if
owing toso as toso long as
so thatthen againunder those circumstances
with the result thatwith this in mindwith this intention


Time and Sequence Words

Time and sequence Transition words are used when you are need to provide a context of time for the reader.



Time and Sequence Phrases

after thatall of a suddenas long as
as soon asat firstat last
at the present timeat the same timeat this instant
at this pointat this timeby the time
first thing to rememberfrom time to timein due time
in the final analysisin the first placein the fourth place
in the long runin the meantimein the second place
in the third placein timenow that
on this occasiononceonce in a while
prior toso farsooner or later
this timeto begin withuntil now
up to the present timewithout delay


Summary Phrases

In general, Transition Words help your sentences flow better and help break up the monotony of passages.

all in allall things consideredall things considered
as can be seenas has been notedas I have said
as I have notedas I have shownas shown above
at any rateby and largefor that reason
for the most partfor the purpose offor the same reason
for this purposefor this reasonin a word
in any casein any eventin brief
in conclusionin essencein fact
in generalin realityin short
in sumin summaryin truth
on balanceon the wholesumming up
to concludeto sum upto summarize
to that endto the end thatto this end


Two Part Transition Words

Not only does Yoast recognize Words and Phrases, but also phrases that consists of two parts. For example:

Both…. and…

If… then….

Not only … but also…

… neither… nor…

…either … or …

…not… but …

whether …. or …

no sooner … than ….


We hope that this guide will help you in improving your writing and getting a better score on Yoast metrices. Don’t fret if you are unable to meet a perfect score on Yoast. It’s a guideline not a rule! I am no expert in writing (as you can probably tell). If you have a pointer or two to share with us and our audiences, please do leave a comment or share this article!

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8 months ago

I’m perplexed by Yoast-approved transition words. Does the Yoast-highlighted text INCLUDE a transition word, or does it NEED a transition word? I’m using lots of approved transition words in my text, but Yoast tells me that my score is low. In fact, when I click on the “eye” to show me what I need to correct, some of the approved transition words are highlighted, while others are not. So I wonder why Yoast isn’t registering all of them?

Jeff Syblik
Reply to  Amy
5 months ago

Amy you’re not alone. I discovered the same problem in my use of Yoast yesterday.

I found the position of where you use the transition has a lot to do with it registering in the plug-in metric.

For example, the word yet if used at the beginning of a sentence, doesn’t highlight.

But in a compound sentence, all typical fanboys transitions do highlight. However, it’s rare that online writing contains compound sentences due to the length of most of them.