Rank Math SEO Plugin Review: WordPress SEO Plugin By MyThemeShop
Rank Math is a WordPress SEO Plugin developed and designed by MyThemeShop.com. MyThemeShop is a well known name in the industry of premium WordPress themes. It has the customer base of 415155+ at the time of writing this post. This shows the credibility of MyThemeShop. The WordPress themes giant launched the Rank Math SEO plugin.
A new powerful and lightweight WordPress SEO plugin that will change your SEO game forever.
You already know that search engines are one of the best and consistent sources of traffic. But the problem is optimizing your website for search engines.
Finding relevant keywords and adding them to the post. Reading the post to make sure it is Search Engine Optimized. Hunting other posts to see if they can be linked internally.
Lots of things you do manually or with the help of third-party plugins and services to make a perfect SEO optimized blog or website.
These are just the things that you need to do for posts. There is also off-page SEO, and technical SEO you need to perform on a regular basis.
The process is so long and cumbersome that most people spend more time optimizing their post than they did in writing it.
Are you one of them?
If you are, then what MyThemeShop.com has in store for you will change your blogging work-flow forever. MyThemeShop claims that they took three years to research and design this SEO plugin.
Imagine all the on-page SEO steps are taken care of with a single plugin.
Imagine that all you have to do is write your post, publish it, click a few buttons, and then it’s optimized for you.
You are done!!! 🙂 That’s it.
Benefits in using Rank Math SEO Plugin
- Getting tailor-made recommendations to optimize your posts, while you write them.
- Setting up OpenGraph and Rich Snippets for your posts in a single click.
- Getting all your ranking data directly inside WordPress.
- Conducting a complete SEO audit of your website at the click of a button.
- Catching important SEO errors and fixing them in a click.
- Automatic creation of internal links to your posts.
Major highlights of Rank Math SEO Plugin
Following are important functions of Rank Math which every blogger and every WordPress based website owner will like.
Import data from Yoast SEO Plugin
Rank Math Plugin is very new in the industry of on-page SEO tools. There are many well-established SEO plugins available where Yoast and All In One SEO holds 1st and 2nd positions. Yoast is the first choice of most of the bloggers and website owners. MyThemeShop understood this and gave you an option inside Rank Math to import all of the existing settings from Yoast to Rank Math.
It will import all settings, post meta, term meta, author meta etc. All is one click away.
Multiple focus keywords
Rank Math gives you complete freedom to choose multiple keywords. Even, you can check your keyword that how it is used throughout the post, click on that keyword and this SEO tool will show you that how it is optimized. If you find it well optimized you can make it a primary keyword too.
Note: MyThemeShop has linked focus keywords area to Google search. When you type keywords you will see that it will show you Google search suggestions. It means you have a free keyword research tool as well.
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SEO analysis by Rank Math SEO tool
You can audit your blog yourself now. No need of third party plugin or SEO analyzer websites, no more bulky codes. Rank Math brought to you inbuilt SEO analysis feature. You can see whether your blog is optimized properly for SEO, like Title, Meta Data, Keywords Cloud, your Robots.txt file, Sitemap file, site load time, mobile usability etc. It gives you a complete report of your blog.
404 errors monitoring
Rank Math has given you an awesome feature that is called 404 errors monitoring. It will show you all real-time 404 errors inside of the plugin and also allows you to redirect them to the correct URL by clicking on a link.
Internal link building and redirections
Rank Math made internal link building a very easier task. Simply type your keyword, destination URL and choose other options like open in new window, Nofollow etc, then click on add link. Your link will be added in your posts or pages where you want to insert.
It gives you link suggestions too on the sidebar of your post editor. You can insert link automatically and manually whatever you feel best for you.
Similarly, internal link building Rank Math also gives a dead or abandoned URL redirection feature. It is very easy to redirect your old URL to a new one. No more third-party plugins required.
Rich Snippets allow to search engines to better understand what information is contained on each web pages. It carries additional information that the search engine able to identify on the page. In Rank Math, you can setup it for each post and page with additional attributes.
Keywords rankings and click-through rates
It is an awesome feature. Rank Math has an inbuilt Google search console. This SEO plugin shows you a complete list of keywords, their rankings, impressions in search, CTR etc. It will surely win your heart.
Rank Math SEO Plugin will help you to remove lots of plugins from your blog. You use multiple plugins to optimized every single action described above, by using Rank Math you will get everything in one plugin.
How to setup Rank Math SEO Plugin on your blog
Rank Math has given you one-time setup option. Setup your plugin once and rank well always. 🙂
Following are the steps to configure Rank Math WordPress SEO plugin.
1- Connect with MyThemeShop account to activate Rank Math
You need to connect MyThemeShop account to activate Rank Math plugin if you are a MyThemeShop user. If you are not a MyThemeShop user you can skip this step.
2- Checking compatibility
Rank Math will check compatibility whether your website or blog is compatible with Rank Math plugin. It checks the PHP version, WordPress version etc. For me, it is showing an error message of conflict with Yoast SEO plugin and a sitemap plugin installed on my blog. You can click on deactivate button if you want.
Click on more to see that your blog is compatible with Rank Math or not.
3- Import SEO settings
If you want to import your old SEO settings which you did with Yoast plugin click on “start import from Yoast SEO” if you don’t want to import you can click on “skip don’t import now“. In this case, you need to configure your all blog posts again like update meta title, meta description etc.
If you chose to import old SEO setting my recommendation is to check all setting types. after finishing import setting click on continue.
4- Selecting website type
Here you need to select a type of your website or blog, like a personal blog, news site, Webshop etc. For me, it already selected a personal blog and updated my logo imported from my old SEO settings.
If you want to setup it manually or want to change it, you can select a type of website from a drop-down list.
You can tell Rank Math that you have multiple authors on your blog or you are the only one. You can also update an OpenGraph thumbnail. If you have no featured image for your post, it will work as a default thumbnail.
5- Google search console setup
Verify your site on Google Search Console and connect it here to see crawl error notifications, keyword statistics, and other important information right in your WordPress dashboard. Get the authorization code from the Google Search Console and authorize plugin to fetch your profile.
6- Sitemap setup
If you want to setup sitemap with Rank Math you can enable it and choose the options which you want to include in your sitemap. I will not recommend you to add categories and tags in a sitemap.
Why don’t I recommend Taxonomies and Archives in the sitemap?
Categories and tags are not important to the search engine’s point of view. Categories and tags are only for users to navigate your blog. It also depends on your blog and the site’s nature. It is totally up to you that how you are running SEO for your blog. I will not allow these to get indexed.
I keep categories and tags no-index for my blog. If I keep them index it creates duplicate contents for me in search results and it can impact my SEO badly. So I keep them no-index.
7- Do more SEO Tweaks in Rank Math Plugin
This is a complete optimization of links and configurations with external services like Google, Bing, Alexa etc.
A quick review of SEO Tweaks Options:
Nofollow Image Links – Automatically add a rel=”nofollow” attribute to all image links appearing in your posts, pages, and other post types.
Nofollow External Links – Automatically add a rel=”nofollow” attribute for external links appearing in your posts, pages, and other post types.
Open External Links in New Tab/Window – Automatically add a target=”_blank” attribute to external links appearing in your posts, pages, and other post types
Redirect Attachments – Redirect all attachment page URLs to the post they appear in.
Redirect Orphan Media – Redirect attachments without a parent post to this URL. Leave empty for no redirection.
Strip Category Base – If you want to remove “Category” word from your category’s pages URL you can enable this option.
Further, you can update your search engines console verification code or id like Google Search Console verification HTML code, Bing Webmaster code etc.
You have the following options to configure. MyThemeShop tried to add almost every popular web services here.
MyThemeShop almost covered everything in one-time setup while installing this SEO plugin. But if you want to make changes in plugin settings, you have an option inside Rank Plugin. Locate Rank Math in your WordPress dashboard and change setting which you want.
A quick comparison of Rank Math and Yoast SEO plugin
Rank Math –
- Rank Math is completely free
- It has integrated Google Search Console
- It supports up to 3 keywords
- Google search suggestion is linked with focus keywords area.
- Rank Math provides an inbuilt SEO analysis tool
- Rank Math also provides a function of URL redirection and internal link suggestions
- It is very new
Yoast SEO –
- Yoast is not completely free
- It does not have Google Search Console inside of the plugin
- It supports up to 5 keywords (but in paid version)
- Google search suggestion is linked up in focus keywords area (but in paid version)
- Yoast does not have any inbuilt SEO analysis tool
- Yoast also has a function of URL redirection and internal link suggestions (but in paid version)
- It is very popular and very easy to handle
Wrapping it up
Rank Math a WordPress SEO plugin has pretty much functions to handle your blog’s SEO. It is simply one place for almost every on-page SEO related task. Rank Math gives everything free of cost.
I don’t think that you should spend your money on buying any paid SEO plugin if you have Rank Math.
Overall it is good. You must try this. You will enjoy it.