Want a free alternative to Yoast Premium 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?
It also has some features not seen in Yoast such as Schema support and 404 monitors.
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 famous 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
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 (if you know what you are doing).
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 very important 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 simply by 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 important and helps you rank higher if you optimize it. Rank Math also checks for readability issues in your content. Beneath 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 favourite 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 coming soon features of Rank Math:
Google Search Console Centrel 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 the post as soon as this feature will release.
Keyword Comparison and Trends Tool
It will also 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:
- Re-Worked framework that is faster than before
- bbPress gets its own module now
- SEOPress and SEOPress Pro plugin importers are now ready
- Automated Article and blogPosting Schema Markup for older articles
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 been constantly innovating their back-end as well as the front end to keep up with evolving SEO updates.
Rank Math also has some features 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. If you have a fairly old blog, you can use Rank Math without any issues as it comes with import function that imports 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.