Rank Math SEO Plugin is an SEO plugin developed by Mythemeshop. In this post, I am going to review this plugin.
Why do you need an SEO Plugin?
An SEO plugin helps you optimize your website to perform better in search results. It helps you with details where WordPress cannot do much.
Rank Math Plugin comes with tons of features to optimize your website.
The Rank Math SEO plugin comes with many built-in features. Here is an overview of some of those features.
- Ability to change Title and meta description on per page or post basis.
- Robots Meta Settings allows you to noindex or nofollow pages, taxonomies and archives.
- XML Sitemaps.
- 404 Monitor.
- Focus Keywords
- Setup Social Media Sharing settings.
- Ability to verify Google Webmaster Tools, Bing Webmaster Tools, Yandex Webmaster Tools and Pinterest Analytics.
- Schema settings and Breadcrumbs support.
- Robots.txt and .htaccess editor.
Installing Rank Math SEO Plugin
First thing you need to do is install and activate the Rank Math plugin. Upon activation, the plugin shows up in the WordPress dashboard in the left-hand menu with the menu title Rank Math.
Clicking on the Rank Math icon takes you to Setup Wizard. You will notice a button to start wizard.
Step 1: Site Configuration
Rank Math SEO automatically recognizes your website name.
First, you need to provide whether your site is a personal blog, business website, e-commerce site or organization site.
If you choose a business site, then you will be asked to provide the business type and a company name.
On the other hand, if you choose personal blog or website, then nothing is required.
Next, you need to add the logo and specify whether your site will have more than one author. Click on save and continue.
Step 2: Search Console
Search Console allows you to connect your site to Google Search Console.
Click on Get Authorization Code you will be redirected to Search Console website where you will get a code. Copy this code and enter it in the plugin settings to complete the verification.
After authenticating with the search console. You need to select your website from the drop-down list.
Step 3: Sitemap
Sitemaps help search engines index your website’s content and notify search engines about your content.
If there is a post type or taxonomies that you don’t want to get indexed, then you can exclude it from here.
Step 4: Optimization
Add nofollow to image links and external links appearing in your post or pages. External links include affiliate links which you don’t want Google to follow.
Step 5: Final Step
Upon completion of configuration, you will see a tab below asking us to enable or disable data collection.
This section contains options related to Links and URL.
WordPress by default adds a category base in URL.
By clicking ‘on’ you can remove the category from the URL.
Next option is to Redirect Attachment URLs to the post they appear. WordPress allows you to attach images and other media to posts. But all of those attachments get their own URLs. Therefore by checking this box, you redirect all your attachment URL to the original post URL.
The next option is to remove stop words from the URL. By removing the stop words you will create clean URLs.
This section contains SEO options related to images appearing in your post.
When you enable the options in this section, it automatically adds ‘alt’ text and ‘title’ for the images where these attributes are missing.
Breadcrumbs are great for the internal linking structure of your site and they also appear in search results giving you added advantage.
In this section, you can choose how and where the breadcrumbs appear in your site and search results. It defines the internal structure of your site.
Webmaster Tools lets you see the insights and other data about your site from different search engines.
This section allows you to verify your site to popular search engines like Google, Bing, Yandex, Pinterest and Alexa. In order to verify your site, you have to add meta tag or upload a file to your site.
5.Robots.txt and .htaccess
In this section, you can edit the robots.txt file and .htaccess file.
Robots.txt file is a text file which tells web robots which pages to crawl or not to crawl.
The .htaccess file is a configuration file which is read by the server and it is used commonly for rewriting or redirecting URL.
The 404 monitor lets you see the URLs where visitors and search engine crawlers run into 404 not found errors on your site. It shows you the faulty URLs in the error log section of this plugin and allows you to redirect the URLs.
This section allows you to setup redirections on your site.
You can fix 404 errors by setting up redirections. Enable Redirections to set custom 301 or 302 redirections.
TITLES & META
This section contains SEO options related to all the pages of your site.
Here you can select the character you want to use as a separator between the titles. You can leave the robots meta as unchecked because you will edit them separately for each page and post.
Next option if enabled will automatically capitalize the first character of all title tags.
The last option is the twitter card type for all the post.
This section allows you to integrate your site with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Pinterest.
This section is for all your social accounts. This allows the plugin to tell Google about your social profiles. You need to add the URLs for the main social profiles of your site.
Rank Math SEO plugin allows you to set titles and meta for posts, pages and media.
The plugin adds SEO Meta Box in your post edit area. I recommend you to make changes for each post, pages and media separately.
This section contains SEO options for categories and tags.
In the taxonomies section, you can configure titles and meta for categories and tags.
This section performs an SEO Analysis for the Whole Site.
It tells us about the security, performance and SEO of the site.
Rank Math SEO Plugin by Mythemeshop will develop more features as the time goes. The User Interface of the plugin is simple and Easy. The release date of the plugin is yet to be announced.
I hope this article has helped you.
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