Rank Math Settings
Hi, In this post I’m going to talk about Rank Math WordPress SEO Plugin. To get more traffic for your website from search engines you need the right tools, like the best SEO plugin and other platforms that can help you to increase your website’s traffic. Rank Math quickly got a lot of 5-star reviews and comments that say this plugin is doing great and has many features.
Installing Rank Math WordPress SEO Plugin
Let’s start by installing the plugin and learn how to set up this unique plugin.
First, head over to plugins, add a new plugin. In the search box type: Rank Math.
Install and activate the Rank Math SEO plugin.
After the activation, the quick 5-minute setup will show.
To use Rank Math WordPress SEO Plugin you need to create an account on Rank Math website. Create your account and insert your username and password to continue the setup.
Next, Rank Math WordPress plugin will check if it is a conflict between other plugins and Rank Math or not.
Rank Math will Check your PHP Version, WordPress version, PHP DOM extension installed and … to See if Rank Math is compatible or not with your website and your server.
After showing this: Your website is compatible to run Rank Math SEO you are good to go to the next step and insert your website data. Click on Start Wizard, and start the setup.
Rank Math Settings SEO Plugin Installation: Your site
In this page, you need to fill everything related to your website, your business, like your website ( company) name.
First, you need to define what kind of a business or website you have. Is it a Small Business? Alternatively, Personal Blog? ( there are several options that you can use for your website, all of them are :
Community Blog/News Site
Small Business Site
Then it is about Business Type; It will be used for Local Business Schema and Google Knowledge Graph.
You can choose one, and it depends on your business and your website.
Then, we need to put the name of our website in the field for Company Name. You can enter the name of your website or your business/brand right there. Moreover, for Logo, you need to upload your website’s logo or your brand’s logo here for your Local Business and Google Knowledge Graph.
At the end of this step, we have Default Social Share Image. So what is Social share image?
When you don’t have a featured image uploaded for your post, this image will be used as a thumbnail when your posts shared on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media. Recommended image size is 1200 x 630 pixels.
On the next step, we have search console.
Search console Rank Math SEO Plugin Setup Wizard
Here, you need to verify your website on Google Search Console and connect it to your Rank Math plugin to see crawl errors and everything related to your Google Search Console like your website statistic, your Google keyword tracker and their rankings.
Rank Math Settings WordPress SEO Plugin: Sitemap
In this step, we will check and configure our sitemap.
First I tell you this: DON’T INCLUDE EVERY CATEGORY OR TAGS OR PAGES.
Just include the part of your site that you need to rank.
As you can see, I have Include Images ( why ? Because I want to index my images to search engine better for searching for image searching ).
At the Public Post Types, Include posts, pages, and products ( if you have installed Woocommerce).
Since we have LearnDash plugin installed, I did include Courses to my sitemap.
At the Public Taxonomies, I did include my Categories, Product categories, and Course Categories. At this point, you will ask yourself why we didn’t add tags and other types? I will answer you as simple as possible because if you include SEO options and sitemaps for the different categories and tags, it will create two links or more for your posts and content and it will somehow be duplicate content. Just include the only post types that you want to rank for on Google and other search engines.
SEO tweaks WordPress plugin Rank Math Settings
Noindex Empty Category and Tag Archives: This option will prevent your site from empty indexing categories and tag archives, why? It will help your website to keep its value for the page’s importance and authority on a 0 to 10 scale. Once you publish a post, your category will be indexed.
Nofollow Image File Links: It will add a rel=”nofollow” for “a” tags, inbound links, and outbound links. If you have images on your site, and they are hosted on another website or server ( external images that you are displaying on your website), you do not need to worry about link juice flowing out to the picture. This option will help you to keep the page’s importance to your website.
Strip Category Base: This option will help you to make your links for categories shorter. If you are using category name and post name for the post’s permalink, this option will help shorten your URL and focus on your keywords.
After this, click on Save and continue.
We are now at the final step for the Rank Math settings WordPress SEO Plugin setup.
Click on Show Advanced Options.
404 + Redirection Rank Math Advanced Options
404 monitor Rank Math WordPress SEO Plugin:
This addon will help you to find 404 errors on your website. You can redirect these 404 error pages to your old content ( after changing the URL ) or new ones.
Redirection Rank Math ( advanced options)
with this free built-in module on Rank Math, you can easily add temporary or permanent redirections for 404 pages/posts on your website.
Miscellaneous Rank Math Advanced Options Setup
Add missing ALT attributes: Having an alt attribute for images is one of the importance of the SEO for your website. Rank Math will add this to your pictures on your website.
Rank Math Settings Rich Snippet ( structured data )
A snippet is a result Google shows to users in the search results.
A rich snippet displays more information between the URL and the description. With this option, you can add an article, news blog post, recipe, product, and a lot of other rich snippets in Rank Math.
One of the great things about Rank Math WordPress SEO plugin is you can add rich snippets for your products, and you don’t need any other plugins to do that. All in Rank Math.
And now the Setup wizard is finished, and you can click on save.
Welcome to Rank Math
After completing the setup wizard, you will be redirected to this page. In this page, you can see all of the features for Rank Math plugin.
2.AMP ( accelerated mobile pages —> Install one of these plugins :
AMP for WP
3.Link Counter: This will count the total number your links ( external links, Internal links )
4.Local SEO & Google Knowledge Graph
11.WooCommerce ( or Easy Digital Downloads )
Let’s start our settings for Rank Math. head over to the Rank Math –> General Settings. You can there are many settings for Links, Images, Breadcrumbs, Webmaster Tools, robot.txt, editing .htaccess, Woocommerce, 404 monitor, redirections and search console.
Remove Stopwords from permalinks: This option will remove stop words like a, but, and, the, etc. from your permalink.
If you did and you will use one of these stop words, change this to ON ( don’t worry, Rank Math will create a redirect, and your URL is safe.
The rest of the settings is like before as we did on the setup wizard.
Rank Math Settings General Settings: Images
Add missing ALT attributes :
Add alt attributes for images without the alt attribute, this process will be automatic, and Rank Math will add alt attributes to your images without alt attributes.
Alt attribute format: Leave it as default.
Add missing TITLE attributes: What is title and alt attribute? It will help search engines to understand what is your image info.
In this case, Rank Math will add the title attribute to your images which they don’t have title attributes.
Title attribute format: Leave it as default.
Rank Math General Options: Breadcrumbs
Breadcrumbs are links that allow your users on your website to trace their path from the page they are currently viewing to the home page of your site.
If your theme show breadcrumbs on your website, then you are ok. Moreover, if it doesn’t you need to add this code to your theme ( most of the times in the head.php Below your header.) :
<?php if (function_exists(‘rank_math_the_breadcrumbs’)) rank_math_the_breadcrumbs(); ?>
alternatively, you can use the shortcode and put in your posts or pages and your widgets.
Rank Math Settings General Options: Webmaster Tools
Enter verification codes for different third-party webmaster tools.
for Google webmaster tools : <meta name=”google-site-verification” content=”your-id” />
General Options: Edit robots.txt and .htaccess, 404 Monitor, Redirections
Leave it as default.
Rank Math General Options: WooCommerce
In this section, we have settings for WooCommerce URLs.
Remove base: If you have already used another SEO Plugin and you chose to have “shop” in your base URL don’t change this. However, if you are creating a website from zero, you can remove the base shop. It will shorten your URL.
I like having this in my URL because it won’t confuse users and it shows they are in the shopping area of my website. For the category pages, you can remove the category base.
default: /product-category/cars/my-cars/ – changed: /cars/my-cars/ .
It will shorten the URL and more specific.
Remove parent slugs:
I don’t recommend to do this. Removing parent slug can break the URL of your website; it makes it less friendly with SEO.
Remove Generator Tag and Remove Snippet Data
for security reason and showing your website is a lot more specific to get ranking and make search engines understand your site better remove snippet data for WooCommerce shop page.
General Options Rank Math Settings : Others
Usage Tracking: Let Rank Math collect non-sensitive diagnostic data and usage information to improve their plugins. For RSS after content, leave it as default. If someone tried to publish your posts on their website using RSS auto posting plugins, this would show those articles was posted first on your website.
WordPress SEO Plugin Rank Math Settings: SEO Titles & Meta
All in you need to do is to Noindex Empty Category and Tag Archives, Choose your separator, upload OpenGraph Thumbnail.
For Robots Meta leave all of the options unchecked.
Local SEO Rank Math Settings
Enter everything related to your business/site.
Enter address, URL, Email, Logo, Opening hours, phone number and price range.
To complete Local SEO, you need to create or choose your About and Contact pages.
This information will use for Local SEO, Google Knowledge Graph.
If you want to show this information, you can use this shortcode of Rank Math :
Social page URLs will be displayed in the contact shortcode and added to the pages as metadata to displayed in Knowledge Graph cards.
Enter information related to your site, like Hompage title, Hompage Meta description.
For example, our site’s name is Master SEO Online, and for description, we did write:
Learn search engine optimisation techniques, SEO tutorials, and articles about how to increase your website’s traffic. %%excerpt%%
You need to enter custom information for your website. Try to enter a catchy description to help you to get traffic from search engines.
Rank Math WordPress PluginAuthor
–> Author Archives: disabled, it will be useful for single-author blogs.
Author archives show the same content you have already posted on your website, and they are showing on your homepage.
Mis pages Rank Math Settings
Do the settings as I did in the picture, Indexing search results pages, archive date, Paginated pages, subpages causes duplicate content and losing your crawl budget. It would be best if you thought about what you are going to index and how much does it cost for your website( to have google crawl main and most important of your content or every links and content of your site)
Posts and Pages SEO Rank Math
enter the settings like this :
Single post title: %title%
Single post description: %excerpt%
Rich snippet type: Article
Article type: Blog Post
Link Suggestions: On
Link Suggestion Titles based on Focus Keywords
Primary Taxonomy: Categories
Add SEO Meta Box: On
Media and Tags SEO titles & Meta
No index media and tags. It will stop you from showing duplicate content on search engines.
Sitemap Rank Math Settings
Include posts, pages, products and categories in the sitemap.
Don’t include empty categories or post types you don’t want to rank for on google.
Include images in the sitemap, include featured pictures and turn on ping search engines.
If you have any questions about Rank Math SEO Plugin, you can join the Rank Math Private Facebook group or Leave a comment, and I will reply to you as soon as possible.