TOP Yoast SEO Transition Words in WordPress

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If you are bloggers or marketers and using WordPress, you might know Yoast Seo. It is a famous plugin that helps you to optimize your content with search engine-friendly. It contains 2 parts: SEO and Readability analysis. So, what do the current readability checks include? Are those transition words? Below is the following check that Yoast Seo uses now:

  • Flesch Reading Ease
  • Passive voice
  • Consecutive sentences
  • Subheading distribution
  • Paragraph length
  • Sentence length
  • Transition words

There are several standards that Yoast Seo marks to check and today, in this blog, we are going to find out one of those standards is Transition words in Yoast SEO’s readability.

What are transition words?

Transition words are the words that link words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs So readers will easily process and understand your post. Otherwise, transition words help to build up coherent relationships within the text. That’s why Yoast Seo using them as a critical component to scoring readability

Transition Words’ regulation in Yoast Seo?

There is an algorithm in Yoast Seo’s readability analysis to determine your post if it is easy to understand. Then, you might know Yoast’s colored dots or “traffic light” (red, blue, orange). Moreover, your posts need to have at least 30% of transition words. It means that one sentence might have a transition word. For this reason, you will definitely get a “blue” bullet if you reach 30%. If you use these linking words in more than 20% and below 30%, the bullet will be orange. You will get the red bullet if less than 20%. 

Top Transition Words list that surely turn the dot to “Green” in WP

To boost the Yoast SEO readability analysis in WordPress and avoid the difficulty in finding these linking words, I have handpicked here the list that obviously supports you a lot divided into each category. Let’s check it out!


  • Firstly, In the first place, First thing to remember
  • Before
  • To begin with

Last/ Summary

  • Lastly
  • Afterward
  • Eventually
  • Finally, In the final analysis
  • In conclusion/ To conclude
  • Thereafter
  • Until
  • To summarize/ In summary/ To sum up
  • Altogether
  • In short
  • In brief


  • Also
  • In addition, Additionally
  • Further
  • Furthermore
  • Besides
  • Moreover
  • Not only … but also
  • Then
  • Again
  • As well as


  • Unlike
  • Nevertheless
  • Nonetheless
  • Despite
  • In contrast
  • Conversely
  • Even so
  • Different from
  • Instead
  • Otherwise
  • However
  • While
  • Such as
  • In this case
  • For example/ For instance/ For one thing
  • To clarify/ To demonstrate


  • Undoubtedly
  • Unquestionably
  • Obviously
  • Particularly/ In particular
  • Especially
  • Without a doubt
  • Indeed
  • In fact
  • In general
  • In detail
  • Above all

Cause and Effect

  • Because
  • Since
  • So
  • Consequently
  • Therefore
  • Thus
  • Hence
  • As a result

Time and Sequence

  • Before 
  • After all/ after that
  • Then
  • Firstly/ Secondly/ Finally
  • Soon
  • Later
  • Meanwhile
  • Subsequently


  • Similarly
  • Likewise
  • Equally
  • To put it another way
  • Compared to/ By comparison/ Comparatively

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