Want a free alternative to Yoast plugin? Try Rank Math SEO.
Rank Math is a WordPress SEO plugin that has been recently launched. It works better than Yoast free version and comes with all its premium features for free.
But should you switch to Rank Math from Yoast?
Do note that I use Yoast premium here and I’ll try to compare both wherever I find something similar between them.
Rank Math is developed by people behind MyThemeShop a popular WordPress themes and plugin marketplace. In this article, I’ll show you all of its benefits and how the plugin works on a live site.
Here are some of its very amazing SEO features:
- SEO analysis
- WooCommerce SEO
- XML sitemaps
- OpenGraph mark-up
- 404 monitor
- AMP and local SEO
- Google search console Integration
- External/Internal Link Counter
- Redirection and role manager
- keyword optimization for 5 different keywords
- Rich snippets
- Breadcrumb navigation – Similar to Yoast, you can add breadcrumbs using Rank Math in any WordPress theme
It also comes with a setup wizard when you install it for the first time. Much similar to Yoast configuration wizard, but also allows you to configure advanced SEO settings like robots.txt.
As soon as I came to know about Rank Math, I started to test it on my staging site. Let me show you different settings and modules from inside the plugin:
Internal links are significant for SEO. To help you interlink relevant content throughout your content, Rank Math will suggest you few articles from your blog every time you write a new blog post. This is a feature which was only available in Yoast premium only.
You can insert the suggested links by merely clicking on the anchor button that appears inside your editor section once you write at least 200 words.
Advanced SEO Meta (Inside Editor)
You can toggle advanced SEO settings for each individual posts by switching to advanced SEO meta box below the WordPress post editor. It is compatible with both Gutenberg and classic TinyMCE editor.
The advanced settings include:
- No index
- No archive
- No snippet
- No image index
- and canonical URL etc.
Rich Snippet Support
Schema helps Google and other search engines better understand your content.
Rank Math will also help you add rich snippet schema without a need for another plugin. You can handle and change rich snippets settings for individual posts as well.
It also allows you to optimize each blog post for Facebook and Twitter. You can set different titles and meta description for Facebook and Twitter as well as different featured images for both.
It also adds necessary OpenGraph data for Twitter as well as Facebook.
Readability of your content is essential and helps you rank higher if you optimize it. Rank Math also checks for readability issues in your content.
In the WordPress editor, it shows you a detailed readability analysis while suggesting improvements so that your content is easy to read.
Sitewide SEO Analysis
This is one of my favorite features of Rank Math, the sitewide SEO analysis.
If you run this analysis and have some errors in your SEO setup, the plugin will show you a report of what’s right and wrong. It will give a score out of 100.
Below each error, it will show you how to fix the error and improve your overall SEO score.
Below are some up-coming features of Rank Math:
Google Search Console Central Integration
This feature is under progress and will be released soon. Rank Math allows you to see all your search console data, including keywords you are ranking for, search impressions, etc. right from the plugin dashboard itself.
It’s a quick way to check your posts’ rank. I’ll update this post as soon as this feature releases.
Keyword Comparison and Trends Tool
It will soon have an inbuilt keyword comparison and trends tool. Rank Math integrates with Google trends and shows you the data right in your plugin dashboard and will also help you automatically compare two keywords.
It also displays a graph for the keywords to help you compare different keyword’s popularity.
Update 2019: There’s a new update in Rank Math which adds features like:
- A re-worked framework, the team says it makes the plugin faster
- bbPress gets its own module for forum SEO
- Automated article and blogPosting schema (hope to see FAQ schema soon)
I do believe Rank Math has potential. But Yoast is the best SEO plugin out there, and it has been there for the last 9 years. Yoast is an ever-growing plugin.
They have constantly been innovating their back-end as well as the front end to keep up with evolving SEO updates. There are plans to bring a premium version of Rank Math too.
Rank Math also has some features that are identical to Squirrly, which makes it a better alternative for Squirrly SEO plugin.
If you have a new blog, you can install Rank Math straightaway.
Even if you have a reasonably old blog, you can use it without any issues as it comes using import function which helps you import all SEO settings from all popular SEO plugins automatically.
You can try the Rank Math plugin by downloading it from here.
Do share your opinion on Rank Math in the comments section below.
Rank MathFree - $49
- Loaded with modules of latest SEO tactics
- Loads faster than Yoast
- Comes with premium features, for free
- Support works awesome
- Quite complicated compared to Yoast
- Import/export to Yoast is glitchy