One of the tools I like in the Yoast SEO plugin is the Readability functionality. It tests what you’ve written for the following:
- No more than 300 words appear after a subheading.
- At least 30% of the sentences contain transition words or phrases.
- Flesch Reading Ease test score.
- No more than 10% of the sentences contain passive voice.
- No more than 25% of the sentences contain 20 or more words.
- Checks to see if paragraphs are not too long.
If your post meets enough of these goals, you will receive the overall coveted green dot for Readability.
I love getting Yoast SEO green dots
Yoast SEO also grades copy enclosed in blockquotes. I didn’t write the copy enclosed in blockquotes. The words contained in blockquotes are the words of someone else.
Most of the time, the words I include between the blockquotes are words written by professional writers, not hack bloggers like myself. You might think then that the words written by professional writers would pass the Yoast SEO Readability tool with ease. You would be wrong.
A lot of professional writers use overly long sentences. They also seem to love writing in passive voice.
I know that if I’m going to write a blog post containing text quoted from a professional writer, I’m not going to get a green dot from Yoast SEO for Readability. To get around this, I’ve even gone through the hassle of posting a screenshot of the quoted article instead of including the quoted text enclosed between the blockquote tags.
I covet the Yoast SEO green dot that much.
There’s a better way
I wish the good people who produce Yoast SEO would simply configure their awesome plugin to ignore text between the blockquote tags. The Readability tool is such an incredible function. It helps me write better copy. I just wish it would only check my copy and not the copy written by someone else.