Yoast is apparently the most popular SEO plugin but in the last few months, the plugin’s updates have not gone well with a lot of people. One of the most talked about issues of Yoast was the decision of the plugin authors to remove the option of no-indexing subpages of archives. This lead to duplicate meta title/description issues on several sites.
To get rid of the error, people switched to All in SEO or the SEO Framework plugin. In case you’re looking for an alternative to AIOSEO, SF, and Yoast, you should try out Rank Math.
RM has been developed by MyThemeShop. Is the new plugin as powerful as other top-rated WordPress SEO plugins? Should you replace your existing plugin with Rank Math. Here’s my honest review of Rank Math:
Rank Math review
The plugin is available for download in the WordPress repository. Once you install and activate it, you’ll see a wizard utility on the screen.
Let’s have a look at the different tabs of the wizard:
Rank Math plugin will test your installation before you can configure its settings. It will check whether you’re using the latest version of PHP, WordPress or not. The plugin also checks whether you’ve installed the DOM, GD, SimpleXML extensions or not.
If any of the required extension is missing or if you’re not using the latest PHP/WP, Rank Math will display an error/warning message.
The Getting Started interface boasts a large button with label “Start Wizard”. The users must click this button to begin the Wizard.
Here are the various steps that Wizard asks you to go through:
The 1st Step of Rank Math displays an option to import settings and redirections from a plugin you’re already using. RM will detect your plugin automatically. You have to just select the data you want the plugin to import. If your site is new or you do not want to import SEO settings, click the ” Skip” button else click Start Import button.
When you click the start button, Rank Math will begin importing the data and it will display the progress on the screen. Once the settings are imported, the plugin will display a “Continue” button.
Once you click the Continue button displayed in Step 1, you’ll be prompted to :
- Select a category of your business.
- Enter business name.
- Upload a logo for your business.
- Upload a default image for social media.
The logo mentioned in step 3 of the above list will be displayed on Google for some search phrases.
With this interface of Rank Math, you can link your Google Search console with the plugin by providing an authorization code and selecting a profile. If you link your GSC account, you can see the issues Google crawler has detected on your site in your WordPress dashboard.
In this step of the wizard, you can configure Rank Math to generate a Sitemap with/without the following entities:
- Images, posts.
- Products, pages.
- Categories, product categories.
To prevent duplicate content issues and to prevent search bots from indexing thin pages, users can configure RM to noindex/index category & tag archives, automatically nofollow image & external links, open external links in a new tab through this interface. As in Rank Math, RM can strip the category base from URLs. The option for this is located in step 5 of the Rank Math Wizard.
Focus Keywords and below post panel
MyThemeShop’s Rank Math plugin enables you to optimize up to 5 focus keywords when you link your site with MyThemeShop. Like Yoast and other plugins, RM displays a panel below the post. The panel gets updated with issues when you enter the text in the WordPress editor or change existing text.
What you’ll see in the panel?
- Permalink issues.
- Keyword density.
- Internal links.
- External links.
If there’s no problem with your content, the above things will be displayed in green. If there’s a problem, it the problem will be highlighted in red color.
If you don’t want to use wizard and want to see the advanced interface, click the back button. When you do so, you’ll see a tabbed interface.
Rank Math lets users set up redirects. Thus if you find broken URLs in the search console, you can quickly fix the URL.
Other features of Rank Math
The plugin can automatically add alt tags to the images. If the title tag is missing, RM will insert it as well.
Unlike other plugins, you can disable or enable features you don’t want to use.
If you own a multi-author blog//website, you can assign roles to the users.
The RM plugin supports rich snippets and news sitemaps. It can automatically link keywords with links in posts and pages. You must provide a link and keywords.
Conclusion: RM offers a couple of features you won’t find in other SEO plugins. The remaining features are same as Yoast, SEO Framework and other popular plugins.
Rank Math is new and powerful WP SEO plugin. It offers features that can help you to improve your site’s overall SEO score.