Hello readers, I'm Manish and today I'll be sharing very important that is how to Setup rank math seo plugin. In the previous article that is Download Rank Math Seo Plugin which you can download from here.

Rank Math is currently awesome WordPress SEO plugin which will definitely help you to rank faster.

Easy Step By Step Setup Rank Math SEO Plugin [Setup Wizard]

Once you installed the Rank Math SEO Plugin, It takes you to the Setup Wizard. If you haven’t yet, install the Rank Math plugin from here.

When you go to the setup wizard you see the setup screen.

Setup Rank Math SEO Plugin

Rank Math Plugin performs a compatibility check to see if your website is compatible. If you see any errors, you can click the “More” button to see its details.

Setup Rank Math SEO Plugin

Once you’re ready to go, click on the “Start Wizard” button to continue to the next step.

Step 1: Import SEO Data

You can easily import your SEO data if you are using Yoast SEO or any other plugin. 

Rank Math Plugin automatically detect the active SEO Plugins & Schema Plugins (if any). This method allows you to selectively choose which settings you can import to Rank Math Plugin. For example, here is how the Import Data screen appears when using Yoast SEO.

Setup Rank Math SEO Plugin

For Yoast SEO, you have 4 types of settings to import. Here is a brief explanation for each setting.

  • Import Setting: This option imports Yoast SEO’s settings and the metadata you’ve set for your website.
  • Import Post Meta: This option imports the metadata for posts, pages, and custom posts which include the SEO title, description, OpenGraph data, robots meta, and more.
  • Import Term Meta: This option imports the metadata for the category, tag, and other taxonomy’s archives.
  • Import Author Meta: This option imports the metadata for author pages.

By default, all these options are selected which means all the available settings will be imported to Rank Math. However, if you want to configure any of the settings manually, you can un-check that setting for import and configure it later from the settings.

Also, if you’re not ready to import your settings for any reason, you can also use the skip option. Personally, we won’t advise this, but you can use it you’re testing Rank Math on a local setup or if your website is very new.

How To Setup Rank Math SEO Plugin? [Step By Step]

Once you click the “Start Import from Yoast SEO” button, you will see a confirmation box on top of the screen. Click OK to start the import process.

Once you confirm, the import process will begin. Rank Math will give you updates about the various settings that are being imported.

The time the process takes to finish will depend on how many posts your website has. 

Once the process is complete, press the continue button.

Step 2 – Selecting Your Website Type

In the next step, you’ll select the type of website that you run and setup Rank Math accordingly. First, here are all the options in the third step.

How To Setup Rank Math SEO Plugin? [Step By Step]

The options are easy to understand, but the first option is the most important one. It allows you to configure Rank Math for the kind of website you operate. Here are the options in the first option.

Setting up Rank Math for Blogs

Since we are setting up Rank Math for a blog, you can choose from the following options.

  • Personal Blog
  • Personal Portfolio
  • Other Personal Website

    Pick the option that describes your business the closest. An exact match is not necessary.

Setting up Rank Math for Businesses

Since we are setting up Rank Math for a business website, we can select the following options.

  • Small Business Site
  • Other Business Website

Choose whichever option describes your business the closest. When you select any of the options, 2 new settings will appear on the screen.

Business Type

The Business Type field is where you select the kind of business you operate. There are a lot of options available to choose from, so we would suggest taking the time out to pick the one that is closest to your actual business. You can also search your business type by typing it on your keyboard. If your business type is not listed, you can select the “Organization” option.

Company Name

The Company Name is where you enter the legal name of your business. Please note that this can be different from your site name.

Setting up Rank Math for eCommerce Websites

Rank Math fully supports eCommerce websites and has a lot of features specific to eCommerce websites. To setup Rank Math for your eCommerce website, select the “Webshop” option from the drop-down menu.

Once you select the Webshop option, you will notice that 2 new settings pop up on the screen. Let us understand the new options.

Setting up Rank Math for Local Businesses

Rank Math fully supports Local Business websites and has many features that help local websites to achieve higher rankings. For example, setting up your website as a Local Business automatically enables the Local SEO setting inside Rank Math.

To set up your website as a Local Business, select the appropriate business type in the Site-Type setting.

Setting up Rank Math for Everyone else

We’ve already discussed how to setup Rank Math for blogs, businesses, eCommerce websites, and Local websites. If your website does not fit into any of these roles, then you can choose from the remaining options.

  • Community Blog/News Site
  • Other Personal Website

    If you select the Community Blog/News site option, you will notice that 2 new settings appear below it. Just fill them.

Multiple Authors

This setting is to inform Rank Math if your website has more than 1 contributor. If you select “On”, Rank Math will make the necessary improvements that will benefit a multi-author blog.

OpenGraph Thumbnail

With Rank Math, you can setup OpenGraph Meta for each of your posts when you publish them. But if you have a large number of posts already present on your website, manually editing the metadata will be time-consuming.

With this setting, you can set a default Open Graph thumbnail for your website. When any of your posts are shared on social media that doesn’t have a featured image, this image will be used instead.

Click the “Add or Upload File” button to open the WordPress Media Library. When it’s open, select an image to set it as your default OpenGraph Thumbnail.

Once you’ve select the file, it will show up next to the OpenGraph Thumbnail setting.

The image below is an example of how the page would look like once you’ve configured Rank Math for a business website. If your page looks familiar, you are ready to move on to the next step. Click the “Save and Continue” button to move to the next step.

Setup Rank Math SEO Plugin

Step 3 – Google Search Console

The next step is where you setup Rank Math to work with Google Search Console. If you don’t know about Google Search Console, then let us give you a brief explanation.

Google Search Console is a website management tool by Google. Specifically, it was created so that website owners can see important information about their websites and resolve issues related to search engines. Your Google Search Console account will contain important information such as your website’s index status, crawl or other issues, your search engines rankings and most importantly, the keywords that your website ranks for. This information comes directly from Google and is very accurate compared to any 3rd party tool.

Once you setup Rank Math to work with Google Search Console, then Rank Math can fetch important information from Search Console and display it right inside your WordPress admin. This saves you a lot of time and gives you actionable information to work with when creating new content.

The first option helps you authorize Rank Math to fetch information from Google Search Console. Click the “Get Authorization Code” to open up Google OAuth Dialog Box.

Another window will open, which will list all your Google Accounts. Choose the appropriate account or add a new account by clicking the “Use Another Account” button.

You’ll see a confirmation box which will display information about the access that Rank Math will get. Click OK to confirm and proceed.

Google will share an authentication code on the screen. Copy the code and close the window. We’ve blurred parts of the authentication code for obvious reasons.

Paste the authorization code that you copied into the Search Console Setting.

As soon as you paste the code in, Rank Math will automatically verify the code and authorize your account. If it doesn’t happen automatically, click the authorize button.

If you made no errors, then you will see the following screen.

If you see this screen, that means Rank Math is authorized for fetching data from Rank Math successfully. If you want to choose another account, you can click the “De-authorize Account” button and repeat the process with the correct account.

After you’ve chosen your account, the next step is to select the appropriate Search Console Property in the Search Console Profile setting. Before proceeding, there are few things you should understand.

First, Google Search Console will only display information about your website after you’ve verified that you own the website. If your website is not verified, then it will not be shown here. We will also discuss how to get your website verified in the next few steps.

Second, Google Search Console gathers data on individual properties. A property might be a website or even an individual page on your website.

When you click the Search Console Profile drop-down, you will see all your properties in the list. Select your website from the drop-down.

If you don’t see your website in the drop-down, then there might be 2 reasons.

  1. You selected a Google Account which was not used to verify your website with Google Search Console. De-authorize your account and then use the correct account.
  2. Your website might not be verified. Click the “Click Here” link in the text below the dropdown to go to the verification menu. The link opens in a new window/tab, so your current progress will not be hampered.

You will be taken to Rank Math’s internal settings. In the Google Search Console field, you will have to enter your verification HTML or ID. If you don’t have that, or don’t know how to get it, click the “Search Console Verification Page” link below the setting. This link will also open up in a new tab.

After that go to Rank Math’s options page and paste the meta tag there.

Then, scroll to the bottom of the settings page and click the “Save Changes” button. Wait for a few seconds for the page to refresh, and the settings will be saved. Then, close the tab.

Go back to the tab with the Rank Math setup wizard and click the “Refresh Sites” button.

Your verified properties will be refreshed. Click the drop-down to find and select your website. Once you’ve selected your website, press the “Save and Continue” button.

Setup Rank Math SEO Plugin

Step 4 – Sitemaps

This page has everything to do with sitemaps. Sitemaps are like indexes for search engines, and they help search engines discover your website’s content and index it properly. On this page, we will configure the various sitemap options. Here is a preview of all the options available.

Setup Rank Math SEO Plugin

Let us understand the various options.

Sitemaps

This option turns the sitemap feature ON or OFF. The sitemap feature is turned on by default, and we recommend that you keep it that way. If you have other plugins that generate sitemaps, we recommend that you disable them. It is inefficient to keep 2 plugins active that do the same job.

Include Images

This option enables or disables the inclusion of images in your sitemap. This setting is turned On by default, and we recommend that you keep it that way as well. Indexing your website images will help you get more traffic from Google Image search.

Public Post Types

This option controls which types of posts are going to be included in the sitemap. There are 4 options to choose from.

  • Posts: Should be enabled, otherwise your posts will not be indexed.
  • Pages: Enable this setting only if have some content on your website published on pages. You can leave it disabled if you only have simple pages like About Us, Contact Us, etc.
  • Media: This enables your media to be included in your sitemap, should be selected
  • Products: Enable this option if you use WooCommerce on your website. This will include all your products in the sitemap.

Refer to the image to see our recommendations.

Setup Rank Math SEO Plugin

Public Taxonomies

This option deals with the inclusion of taxonomies in the sitemap. There are 4 options to choose from.

  • Categories: This will include your categories in the sitemap. This option should be enabled.
  • Tags: This will include your tag pages in the sitemap. We recommend that you keep it disabled.
  • Product Categories: This will include product categories in the sitemap. Enable this if you use WooCommerce on your website.
  • Product Tags: This will include product tag pages in the sitemap. We recommend that you keep it disabled, even if you use WooCommerce.

Please refer to the image for our recommended settings.

Setup Rank Math SEO Plugin

Once you’ve setup the sitemap options as per your desire, press the “Save and Continue” button.

Step 5 – Optimization

This step helps optimize many SEO operations on your website. Apart from providing SEO value, these settings will also save you a lot of time. Here is an image that shows all the options in this step.

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Step 6 – Completing the Setup

So, The last step is just a confirmation that you’ve setup Rank Math completely for your website. You can share this on Facebook or Twitter, and also allow Rank Math to collect non-sensitive data and usage information to help us make it even better.

Setup Rank Math SEO Plugin Wizard

Once you’re ready, scroll down and click the “Proceed to Help Page” to get more details about Rank Math or click the “Return to Dashboard” button to go back to your WordPress admin. We’ve also added some helpful links alongside the page for easy access.

If you have any queries regarding anything please do comment and let us know.

Credits: MTS