Rank Math SEO Review: As Honest as It Gets

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When I started using SEO Plugin, I fell into Yoast SEO’s arms and then I migrated my SEO data to Rank Math

Rank Math was pretty giving for free everything Yoast was charging for.

Then I had some issues with Rank Math, it crashed my site after an update so I decided to use SEOPress, Slim SEO, or Smart Crawl instead.

This is what I think about Rank Math and my reasons to use it and stay away from it.

Rank Math Modules I Use

One thing that I like about Rank Math SEO is that you can activate the modules that you need and deactivate all the stuff that you are not going to use.

These are the modules that I would consider using:

  • Redirections: I don’t usually create redirection but if I do, I like my SEO plugin does it. Redirections are a premium feature on Yoast and SEOPress.
  • Schema (Structured Data): You get basic schema for your posts using the free version of Rank Math.
  • Image SEO: I don’t want Google to index my images since most of the time, they are free stock photos
  • Sitemaps: You can easily customize your sitemaps to help Google Bot crawl only the content you want to rank.
  • Link Counter: It counts the total number of internal, external links, to and from links inside your posts

Rank Math Modules I Use

These are the modules I am not using:

  • ACF: I am not using a custom fields plugin
  • AMP: WordPress users rarely recommend using AMP and I am not one of them.
  • Analytics: I don’t want to connect Rank Math to my Google Search Console
  • BBPress: I don’t use BBPress
  • BuddyPress: I don’t use BuddyPress
  • Content AI: I might give this a try but I don’t need it yet
  • Instant Indexing: It seems that Instant Indexing is not available for Google yet
  • Local SEO: I don’t have to rank anything locally
  • Role Manager: You don’t need it if you are the only admin
  • Google Web Stories: I don’t even know how to create one of them.

As you can see, Rank Math has a bunch of features that most publishers don’t need.

Final Thoughts

I have no doubt in my mind that Rank Math is a powerful SEO Plugin.

If you are considering other SEO Plugins, this is the list of the top ten plugins.

PluginActive Installations
Yoast SEO5+ million active installations 
All in One SEO3+ million active installations 
Rank Math SEO1+ million active installations 
SEOPress200,000+ active installations
BoldGrid Easy SEO100,000+ active installations
The SEO Framework100,000+ active installations
SmartCrawl20,000+ active installations
WP Meta SEO20,000+ active installations
Slim SEO10,000+ active installations
Platinum SEO10,000+ active installations

More about SEO Plugins

You might want to read some of these posts before you leave

  1. Yoast SEO Plugin: As Honest as It Gets
  2. Slim SEO: Love it or Leave it
  3. Smart Crawl: As Honest as It Gets
  4. SEOPress: Love or Leave it

Sobre Jose Manuel

I am José Manuel. I am writing about things I know and things that I am learning about WordPress. I hope you find this blog useful.