Do you own any blog or website? Or are you thinking to start a blog or website?
If your answer is Yes. You must hear about SEO and if you heard about SEO so you definitely heard about SEO plugins.
Am I right?
Well, if you are using or going to use WordPress; there are a few major SEO plugins. It is tough to choose any one of them. Where Yoast SEO holds a major stake in the SEO plugin industry; on the other hand, Newly launched Rank Math SEO plugin also roars.
We will discuss major features of both in this post and will understand that eventually who wins in Rank Math vs Yoast SEO game.
What Is An SEO Plugin?
An SEO plugin is a piece of software designed to optimize any blog or website. It helps us to optimize our blog or website according to the standard set by search engines; especially by Google as Google is a major source of traffic for everyone.
How Does An SEO Plugin Work?
SEO plugin calculates your content on the basis of search engines’ (Google) standard and makes it more crawlable by search engines bots.
- Blog Post title & description length
- Focus keywords optimization
- Content quality and length
- Headings, internal & external links
- Your XML sitemap
- Robots.txt and .htaccess
- Canonical elements etc.
Rank Math Vs Yoast SEO Plugin: Which Is The Best?
Before I move further let me introduce you both SEO plugins in brief.
Rank Math SEO Plugin
Rank Math SEO plugin is very new and launched in 2018 by MyThemeShop.com. MyThemeShop is a well known and popular name in the field of WordPress themes. It is free for everyone. In a very short span, Rank Math is becoming a choice of webmasters. It has 70,000+ downloads at the time of writing this post.
Yoast SEO Plugin
I am not hesitant to call it a King of SEO plugins. Yoast was created by Joost de Valk in 2010. In a very short time of periods, Yoast became a major player in the SEO industry due to its simple interface and capability. However, with the time other plugins also came in the market and few old such as All In One SEO but could not become popular as Yoast. It has 5+ Millions of downloads at the time of writing this post.
Let’s start a comparison of Rank Math and Yoast SEO plugin on the following points…
#1 Import Data From Other SEO Plugins
This is a major part if you are moving to any other SEO plugins. If you have a big site and thought to move another SEO plugin can be very hectic if your new SEO plugin does not provide a function to import SEO settings from old plugins.
Rank Math has the capability to import old SEO settings in it. It can easily import SEO settings from two major plugins; Yoast and All In One SEO. It will show you an old SEO plugin and import option.
Yoast SEO also has the same function but I did not see it working. Probably it only works with All In One SEO Plugin. I installed two SEO plugins but it shows a message that “Yoast SEO did not detect any plugin data from plugins it can import from“.
#2 Clean User-Friendly Interface
Yoast has a very clean and user-friendly interface. You can easily find the required functions. On another hand, I found Rank Math a bit confusing and not a user-friendly (especially for newbies).
#3 One Time Set up Wizard
Rank Math and Yoast both have one time set up wizard. Where Yoast has few major settings in the wizard and another side Rank Math shows many settings in one time set up wizard.
#4 Keyword Optimization Throughout The Post
Both plugins are good in keyword optimization. Yoast and Rank Math both calculates keyphrases. However, with Rank Math, you can optimize your post for up to 5 keywords or keyphrases where Yoast doesn’t provide this function free of cost.
#5 Tracking Of Keywords Ranking
Rank Math has this unique function to track your keyword ranking in Google. You don’t need to open the Google Search Console to check or any other SEO tools to check keywords ranking. Rank Math made your work easy.
Yoast does not provide this function. 🙁
#6 Google Search Console Integration
Both plugins have integrated the Google search console. Rank Math included some advanced functions in it like Keywords ranking tracking.
#7 Inbuilt SEO Analysis Function
Rank Math has an inbuilt SEO analysis function. You can audit your blog at any time. No third party software is required. Yoast does not have this type of function.
#8 Preview Of Blog Pages
Both plugins are showing your page/post preview for Google, Facebook, and Twitter.
#9 Internal Linking Suggestion
Rank Math shows internal link suggestion as well. Yoast also has the same function but not for free users.
#10 Broken Or Changed Links Redirection Manager
Rank Math and Yoast both have advanced broken links redirection manager but Rank Math gives you it free and Yoast charges for it.
#11 Role Manager – For Multi Authors Blog
Rank Math introduced role manager function in SEO plugin. It is very useful if you have multiple authors. You can set different roles and prohibits accesses. Yoast lacks here.
#12 Google Schema Rich Snippets
Rank Math has inbuilt Google Schema Rich Snippets for different categories. We don’t see this in Yoast SEO.
#13 No-follow All External Links
If you want to set no-follow all external links including images links, you can do it in Rank Math by changing one setting. Yoast has no function to do no-follow external links in bulk.
#14 Content Readability Check
Both SEO plugins analyze the readability of the copy you wrote and calculate the Flesch Reading Ease score.
#15 Full Control Over Breadcrumbs
Both are giving you full control over your blog’s breadcrumbs.
#16 Inbuilt Sitemap
Rank Math and Yoast both are providing an inbuilt sitemap functionality. Both notify search engines; such as Google and Bing once a post gets published.
#17 Robots.txt And .htaccess Files
Both plugins give you an option to handle your Robots.txt and .htaccess files.
#18 Plugin Support
Rank Math is providing full support for all users. MyThemeShop is on the top when anyone asks for support and Rank Math is a product of MyThemeShop so you can expect a priority support from the Rank Math team.
Yoast also provides support but only for premium users. 🙁
#19 Paid Or Free
Rank Math is completely free till now:). Yoast SEO is not completely free 🙁
Rank Math and Yoast SEO both are good. Yoast has a long history and a huge user base where Rank Math is a very new but the parent of Rank Math; MyThemeShop has a strong presence in the WordPress theme’s industry and popular for his excellent themes and support.
Rank Math Vs Yoast SEO; Who Wins?
Sometimes Yoast comes up and sometimes Rank Math. We found no one is winning at this time. Yes, definitely Rank Math is providing lots of options in a single plugin and free of cost where Yoast has fewer options and everything not free.
If you see by a point of view of functionalities, Rank Math clearly triumphs over Yoast. It again depends on your need such as Role Manager: I don’t need that function but maybe you need.
If you see by a point of view of simplicity and less optimization, Yoast clearly wins here. Yoast looks very easy to handle. Many of the functions Yoast itself handles such as subpages example.com/page2/.
There is some plugin stability issue with Rank Math however they are working hard and fixing reported bugs as soon as possible you can.
One Small advice to people who don’t know SEO: People don’t know SEO and don’t know that how to handle it; avoid Rank Math, use Yoast because Rank Math has lots of optimization and nothing in sequence, newbies can be confused. If you have knowledge of SEO, you can go with Rank Math.
However, Both are good.