Rank Math vs. Yoast – Should you Make the SEO Switch?

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What I really like about RankMath is that it combines 5 plugins (if not more), while being lightweight and fast. With Rank Math, you can get rid of these plugins: Redirects plugin, Schema markup plugin, Role Manager plugin, Local SEO plugin, and XML Sitemaps.

What is Rank Math?

Rank Math

Rank Math is a brand new FREE plugin from MyThemeShop, that promises to be а main competitor in the fight of the WordPress SEO plugins, a fight dominated by Yoast for years.

The plugin is still not available for public download, but a selected few MyThemeShop users were given the opportunity to test it before everybody else and their reviews are promising.

UPDATE! The FREE version of Rank Math is now available for download HERE.

As it looks like Rank Math will be available in both Free and Premium versions.

One thing is for sure, the guys from MyThemeShop have put their hearts and souls into this project and from what we’ve seen so far, it’s notable that this plugin is powerful!

The plugin is so well-documented and described, you can view the plugin’s page for more details here.

My Personal Results with Rank Math (Updated)

I’ve switched to Rank Math on one of my blogs in August 2018. Since then I haven’t put any special work in terms of SEO, neither post any new content. All I did was applying the suggestions below every post that Rank Math gives.

The reasons for the increase in organic traffic, of course, may be varied and not at all because of the width of the two plugins, but here is the graph of the clicks from Google for the past 12 months.

There is nearly 50% increase in organic traffic based on that period.

RankMath Speed

Rank math is lighter compared to Yoast SEO. It has reduced number of HTTP Requests thus resulting in faster page load times and decrease in page size.

This site is using the Siteground Startup Plan.

Rank Math Setup

The plugin has a setup wizard and a 1 Click Import From Yoast SEO, which will keep your existing SEO settings and you won’t lose anything along the way.

The setup is very detailed, but users can also choose the recommended settings option and skip a lot of the manual work.

The in-post user interface looks similar to the one in Yoast, but with more polished and modern look.

Watch this sneak peek video of Rank Math:

I can’t wait for the official launch of Rank Math, to install it and test it myself. I’ll write more details and personal experience once that happens.

Yoast SEO or Rank Math?

We can immediately notice the difference in the post SEO scores.

Yoast SEO vs. Rank Math
Yoast / Rank Math

Rank Math is much more detailed when it comes to the SEO score, giving an accurate score from 0 to 100.

With Yoast, you get only three indicators – Poor, OK and Good.

The same goes for the below the post meta box.

Compared to the Yoast view:

Again Rank Math has gone the extra mile and really got into detail.

In the advanced settings tab, we can see extra options for robots meta tag, that are not avaivable in Yoast.

Another useful feature that we can find in RankMath and is absent in Yoast SEO is the build-in Redirect tool.

Yoast is out there for years and it’s true that it does amazing work. It was a revolution to WordPress SEO in and it will continue to be.

But it is also true that Yoast hasn’t changed much since years. There were some cosmetic changes and a few new features and that’s all.

I was expecting something to change with every major update…but again and again, I was seeing the same old interface and features.

I think the creators of Rank Math used this flaw very well and created something that combines the useful features of Yoast with new-age plugin UI.

Rank Math is making technical SEO more user understandable and easy to apply for every WordPress user.

When I first get the email from MyThemeShop describing there is a new revolutionary SEO plugin coming soon, I instantly knew I’ll make the switch. The time will tell if this was a smart move or the good old Yoast remains the best option when it comes to WordPress SEO plugins.

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