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RankMath – The Best WordPress SEO Plugin 2024

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05/04/2023

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RankMath is currently a comprehensive On-Page SEO optimization tool for websites built on the WordPress platform. It is also the plugin that Bii is currently using for all current projects, with many superior features compared to other competitors. In this article, I will share my experience using the product after using RankMath for over 2 years.

RankMath is the SEO plugin that Bii trusts to use for projects

RankMath is the SEO plugin that Bii trusts to use for projects

Why is an SEO plugin necessary?

In order to appear and rank higher in search engines such as Google and Bing, it is essential that your website is optimized for both on-page and off-page factors, and is friendly to both users and search engines. Using an SEO plugin can assist you in optimizing your website, making it more user-friendly, and improving its position on search engines, which translates to increased traffic and revenue for website owners.

You may not need to use any SEO support plugins. However, when a website is not well optimized, it means poor quality and will cause your website to lag behind competitors in the same industry. Or you can also customize SEO features by coding yourself if you know HTML, JS, and CSS… but this will take a lot of time and is not for most people, the majority of WordPress users are not proficient in coding and so is Bii.

Meanwhile, SEO plugins have been set up to support optimal SEO. Therefore, if you are genuinely interested in ranking on search engines, installing an SEO plugin is necessary as it saves you a lot of time and effort in optimization.

Currently, with the WordPress platform, there are many powerful SEO tools such as Yoast SEO, AIOSeo, SEOPress… After trying out most of the SEO plugins, Bii chose RankMath for SEO projects because of its many advantages.

See more: Comprehensively speed up WordPress website with Accelerator.

"Content AI" is an exclusive feature of RankMath.

“Content AI” is an exclusive feature of RankMath.

Pros and Cons of RankMath

Pros

  • The free version has all the necessary features, better than other SEO plugins.
  • The price is affordable, saving costs compared to Yoast SEO.
  • The Modum management mechanism can enable/disable unnecessary features to speed up the website.
  • It is lightweight, does not affect, and reduces the actual page load performance too much.
  • The user interface is easy to use.
  • In-depth keyword tracking.
  • The exclusive AI content feature helps optimize content and increase post ranking.

Cons

  • The category deletion feature helps to shorten URLs, but it can sometimes cause interface errors if you don’t know how to handle them.
  • The sitemap creation feature occasionally experiences errors on Google Search Console.

The benefits that plugin brings are many, helping you save a lot of time. In addition, the price and website speed performance are also better than other plugins, which is the main reason Bii decided to use RankMath.

RankMath Pro provides a full range of features that can help you save a significant amount of money.

RankMath Pro provides a full range of features that can help you save a significant amount of money.

Versions of RankMath

Currently, that plugin has both a free and a specific premium version as follows.

Free version.

The free version, evaluated by the community and Bii itself, is considered quite fully featured. It includes most of the essential basic features that other free versions of SEO plugins do not have, such as:

  • Creating a Sitemap helps Google easily index articles
  • Support creating Breadcumbs to make the website structure easy to understand and logically sequenced
  • Support automatic redirection of articles
  • Adding Schema to articles helps search engines understand their content and support ranking improvement
  • Automatically adding a Canonical tag to URLs helps to avoid duplicate content
  • Analyze the website and suggest on-page optimization methods
  • Setting up the title, meta description tags, focus keywords, and article URLs.

If you don’t have high demands (creating many schemas, deeply tracking keywords, supporting SEO for Woocommerce…), the free version of RankMath is enough to meet the basic needs of your website.

Premium version

The premium version will comprehensively upgrade on-page optimization features to help you achieve the best quality and increase your website’s ranking on search engines. The current premium version has the following fee types:

The current pricing package is offered by RankMath.

The current pricing package is offered by RankMath.

There isn’t much difference between the premium versions of RankMath, the biggest difference being the ability to track keywords (500 keywords for the Pro version, 10,000 keywords for the Business package, and 50,000 keywords for the Agency package), and the Content AI limit provided are 15, 125, and 600 respectively.

The superior features that the premium version provides you that the free version does not have are:

  1. Keyword tracking function: With the premium version, you can track keyword rankings right in the WordPress Dashboard interface, which helps you manage content and devise appropriate content marketing strategies to optimize SEO.
  2. Analyzing Schema structure from other websites: This is a useful feature for analyzing the article structure of competitors using Schema types, thereby providing appropriate implementation options to overcome competitive rivals (for those who do not know, Schema is simply a markup schema for structuring article data on a website. It helps search engines accurately and quickly identify the content of the article, thereby increasing the ranking of the article).
  3. Create a Sitemap for News and Video: Creating an additional sitemap for news and videos can help increase traffic to your website. With a news sitemap, your articles will have the ability to be displayed in the “News” tab on Google, which is a function that can greatly increase website traffic growth.
  4. Automatic image optimization capability: The premium version will solve the problem of optimizing images and automatically add descriptions to missing images. This feature is very suitable for those who often forget to optimize images, as well as helping you save a lot of time for this task.
  5. Supporting SEO for Woocommerce store: RankMath offers a premium full-featured support service for e-commerce websites using Woocommerce by adding Schema for products as well as providing SEO support for products with multiple variations.
  6. Create multiple Schema: With the free version, you are only allowed to create 1 Schema for each post/product, which limits the ranking potential of the post. This problem is solved by upgrading to the premium version, where you can add as many Schemas as you want. Having multiple Schemas helps the structure of the post to be easily recognized by search engines.
Finding and replacing image content is a useful feature in the premium version.

Finding and replacing image content is a useful feature in the premium version.

You should consider upgrading to the premium version of RankMath in the following cases:

  1. Despite doing SEO for a long time, the website still lags behind pages 2 and 3 of Google and sometimes does not appear on Google at all.
  2. You need keyword research and tracking tool to come up with appropriate content-building strategies.
  3. Increase more sources of traffic through News Sitemap and Video functions.
  4. Fully optimize on-page elements for the website, which is limited in some features in the free version (unable to create multiple Schema, no support for Woocommerce SEO…).

See more: Building WordPress websites with the Cwicly toolkit.

Comparison with Yoast SEO

As we know, Yoast SEO is the most widely used SEO optimization plugin in the world. With over 5 million downloads, it is one of the top plugins in terms of downloads for WordPress. Let’s compare the features and characteristics of RankMath and Yoast below.

Comparison point

RankMath

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Yoast SEO

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Price

Cheaper. For $59/year, you own 1 license for the Pro version that can be applied to unlimited websites (you can have 10 websites when installing RankMath Pro and still only pay $59).

More expensive. To fully utilize the product’s features, you need to spend $229/year, which is considerably higher than RankMath’s price.

Slow down website

Insignificant, RankMath operates based on the Modum management mechanism. You can turn off unused features, which helps the plugin run smoothly and does not slow down the website speed

The Yoast SEO plugin is quite cumbersome, and those who use all the Yoast SEO features know that they need to install all five additional plugins for Yoast to work best. However, it lacks a Modum management mechanism like RankMath, which is a drawback. The reason is also that this Plugin is quite old.

Free version

The free version of RankMath is rated better because it supports quite a full range of necessary SEO features such as creating Schema, redirecting links, and creating Breadcrumbs… But those who have used both free versions have seen this.

The free version of Yoast SEO is quite good, but when compared to RankMath, it lacks some features that I have mentioned. Therefore, if considering the free version, I would personally choose RankMath because it is more complete than Yoast.

Optimizing SEO Support

Both support excellent SEO capabilities, with almost all necessary SEO features being met (creating a sitemap, canonical tags, optimizing images, optimizing titles, descriptions, etc.). In terms of SEO support, I think both plugins are similar, depending on which interface the user is more familiar with.

Work interface

Both have a user-friendly and easy-to-use interface. Depending on personal preferences, Bii feels that the user interface of RankMath is more scientifically organized when used with Gutenberg or a page builder like Elementor, the working interface is arranged on the sidebar to help manage content well.

The price is an advantage of RankMath compared to similar products

The price is an advantage of RankMath compared to similar products

Overall product evaluation shows that the RankMath team is making a great effort to integrate many of the best features into their product with the aim of capturing the market currently dominated by Yoast SEO. Currently, RankMath has nearly 2 million users, and this number is increasing every day.

When should you use RankMath?

You should consider using that plugin if you fall into one of the following cases:

  1. If there is no need and you do not want to spend money on a premium version, then RankMath’s free version is a good choice. The free version of RankMath meets most on-page SEO optimization needs for a website.
  2. For a new website, starting with RankMath is simple because it is better than most other SEO plugins.
  3. If you are using another SEO plugin and your keyword ranking and articles have not improved after a long period of time, consider switching to RankMath.
  4. You may need to use some of RankMath’s exclusive features such as Content AI, keyword tracking, and competitor website Schema analysis.
  5. You are not satisfied with your current SEO plugin and want to try a different one.
RankMath management in Modum can be conveniently enabled or disabled according to the user's needs.

RankMath management in Modum can be conveniently enabled or disabled according to the user’s needs.

Question about RankMath

“Is RankMath better than Yoast SEO?”

Yes. Based on real-life experience with the features and speed of both the free and premium versions of RankMath and Yoast SEO, Bii will choose RankMath as the winner.

Where to buy RankMath safely and reliably?

You can purchase RankMath directly from the manufacturer to ensure the quality and safety of the product. Refer to the product at the manufacturer’s website here: Buy RankMath Pro version.

Does RankMath have a free version?

Yes. RankMath has a free version that helps you meet most of the standard on-page SEO optimization needs, their free version is very good and quite complete with necessary features.

Can I install multiple SEO plugins on my website?

No. You should only install 1 SEO plugin for your website. Using multiple plugins that support SEO will cause conflicts and damage the website’s structure, negatively affecting search engine ranking and user experience.

Should I switch from my current SEO plugin to RankMath?

If your current SEO plugin is working stably and your website has a considerable amount of Bii blog content, it is advisable to keep it unchanged and not switch to other SEO plugins.

In the case that the current SEO plugin does not satisfy you, try switching to RankMath to experience the product.

So, through this article, Bii hopes to help those who have a need to learn about information regarding the SEO RankMath plugin.

Bii Nguyen

Hello everyone, I’m Bii Nguyen – the founder of this website. The website was created with the desire to spread useful knowledge to everyone.

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