Last Updated on November 28, 2021 by scottkandh
This post is a cheat-sheet search engine optimization tutorial for Rank Math. This post was initially written for bloggers that are using the Yoast SEO plug-in. But since I’ve updated to using Rank Math SEO as my primary means for improving my SEO I’ve decided to write a new post that is suited for users of Rank Math SEO. I hope that you find this to be the best SEO tutorial. It’s an SEO tutorial for beginners.
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If you haven’t used Rank Math before and checked it out, if you want to build more traffic to your site with the power of keywords at your disposal, I strongly suggest that you check out Rank Math. Here’s a post to explain 3 Reasons why Rank Math SEO is better than Yoast SEO.
Is SEO hard to learn?
SEO (search engine optimization) is not really that hard to learn, especially if you’re using an SEO plug-in to help you learn the ropes. The easiest way to learn SEO is by having a blog where you can put into practice the things that you’ve learned so that you can watch your traffic grow. The biggest piece of advice to offer about SEO is that it’s not an instant fix and requires continual grooming. For example, your SEO audit should be done at least a monthly basis or more if you’d like.
Search Engine Optimization Tutorial for Rank Math
After cursory reviewing this post before updating it and having it as a tutorial for Rank Math there were a couple of things that I wanted to point out that is why I no longer like using the Yoast SEO plug-in. There are two outstanding things I don’t like about Yoast SEO for optimizing your posts.
The first of which is the ever annoying notification that the grammar has too much passive voice and the second issue was getting notified that you had to use more transitions. I’m glad to see that these two things that annoyed me with Yoast SEO aren’t anywhere to be seen in Rank Math which has a stronger emphasis on are you using keywords effectively instead of putting too much focus on your grammar.
I’ve said my peace about what annoyed me about Yoast SEO so now I’ll move on to providing you with a search engine optimization tutorial for Rank Math users.
Rank Math has updated their plug-in to now provide you with what they’re calling Content AI (Artificial Intelligence) to analyze the content of your post. The way that it works is that Rank Math will look at the focus keyword of your post to provide you with artificial intelligence on how you can optimize with SEO content your post instead of On-Page SEO that Rank Math uses for optimizing your post.
The Pro version of Rank Math provides 25 credits and the free version of Rank Math will permit you with using only 5 credits to try Content AI.
The SEO strategy plan that I personally use on my blog is a Holistic SEO approach and it encompasses using the four pillars of SEO to improve how to get more traffic to your website. Combining these two aspects of SEO strategy will significantly improve how you use SEO to get more traffic.
Rank Math SEO in the free and paid versions use four principal areas to evaluate your SEO: Basic SEO, Additional SEO, Title Readability, and Content Readability.
Here’s some suggestions that I have written extracted directly from Rank Math to improve the SEO of your blog post. The areas of Basic SEO and Additional SEO have been combined together into these two pins.
Basic and Additional SEO
Once you’ve finished surmising your post you should review the Rank Math suggestions and see if there are any other suggestions that it is still suggesting to optimize your post. Naturally Rank Math won’t give you a good score unless you provide it with a suggested focus keyword to use. The keyword doesn’t need to be a single word.
Don’t forget to indicate if it’s a pillar content (if not, leave it blank). The pillar posts are important to develop the site structure for your website. Another reason that they come in handy in Rank Math is to provide internal links at the bottom of the post that you can for related links (or naturally within your contents where they apply).
For the best results, Brian Dean an SEO expert from Backlinko, suggests that you have at least four to five internal links for every published post on your website (if applicable).
Personal challenge of using Rank Math SEO Plug-in!
My personal challenge to you is to take this challenge of utilizing my checklist and run down the laundry list of items exclusively using the aid of your Rank Math plug-in and update all of your posts so none of them have a score of NA, Poor, or Fair. Ultimately, the goal I challenge you with to improve your SEO is to have all of your posts score as good (1 or better).
When writing your posts, don’t stop with your goal and publish it until you’ve maximized it’s highest potential SEO score because it’s a lot easier to update in the first go around then it is to come back and pick up from where you left off.
I’ve been writing enough posts that my average post before I add the image and it’s alt+text description is usually around an average of 89 or so.
The common things that usually remain at the bottom of the to do list to optimize your post with Rank Math are:
- adding an image with it’s alt+text
- adding more (or less) keywords to improve the keyword density. This is where you need to play around with it and sometimes it may have too many keywords or not enough keywords. This is a tricky component that is hard for me to master on every go around. So I play around with it until I get the green check-mark
- There’s usually one or two remaining things that need to be done in title readability. Review your SEO title to see if you can add a power word and/or a number in the title.
- Lastly, review the content readability because every now and then it’s a simple fix if it prompts that your paragraphs are too long by adding a new paragraph or two.
On the last go around before I publish I post, what I like to do is to have all of the items seen in the Rank Math SEO visible by ensuring that there’s an up arrow for each area so that I can double check to see if I’ve missed anything that still needs attention.
For example, this post I don’t think is relevant to use a number within the SEO title, but I think it could use a power word that has been suggested to use by Rank Math. So I added cheat-sheet to the title and it raised the SEO score by two more points.
My post is nearly ready to be published and as always I make it a habit to use 10 pins for every post that I publish.
My 10 pins are usually put in a gallery at the bottom of the post. The pin that I like the best I like to feature at the top of the post and that’s where I suggest you add your keyword to the image and put it in the alt+text description field.
For clarification, I’ve ran down my checklist of items and my post as it stands right now is faring a score of 90 and I haven’t added the images yet. Once I add the image the score will change to approximately 92 or so and it will be ready to be published.
I was reading a post from an SEO expert Matthew Woodward and he suggested that in order to improve your SEO you should write at least two high-quality posts at least two times per month that have at least 2,500 words or more. With writing that many words you’re more likely to get a higher ranking because Google likes longer researched articles.
Free Rank Math SEO Checklist
|☐ Meta Description||Does your site have Meta Descriptions? Does your page have a meta description of optimal length (between 70 and 320 characters)?|
|☐ H1 Heading||Does your homepage have just one H1 Heading? Usually the settings are a part of your theme and the title is an H1 heading. Using more than one H1 heading can confuse the search engines because the H1 heading is usually associated with the title of your post.|
|☐ H2 Headings||Does your post use H2 headings using your focus keywords?|
|☐ Image Alt Attributes||At least on your homepage, ensure that all of the images. Ensure that you do not have any images missing Alt attributes on your page.|
|☐ Keywords in Title||Place keywords in the title|
|☐ Keywords in Description||Does your focus keyword appear in the first 10% of the content?|
|☐ At least one internal link||Provide a link to one of your posts/pages on your website|
|☐ At least one external link||Provide a link to one of your posts/pages to an outside website|
|☐ Site Tagline||This can automatically be done if you use Rank Math or Yoast SEO program.|
|☐ Blog Public||Ensuring that your site is accessible by search engines, such as Bing, Yahoo, Google, etc.|
|☐ Permalink Structure||This can automatically be done if you use Rank Math or Yoast SEO program. Once it’s set, leave it alone.|
|☐ Focus Keywords set||Ensure that you have focus keywords for your post/page.|
|☐ Focus keywords in title||Ensure that your focus keywords are in the title.|
|☐ Focus keyword used in the URL.||Include the focus keyword in the slug (permalink) of the post.|
|☐ Length of the URL||Permalink should be at most 75 characters long.|
|☐ Content length.||Is the content length more than the recommended minimum length of 600 words?|
|☐ Focus keyword in subheadings||Are you using the focus keyword in subheadings?|
|☐ Keyword density||There is no ideal keyword density percentage, but it should not be too high. The most important thing is to keep the copy natural.|
|☐ Use of focus keywords||Are you using the focus keywords once? It shouldn’t have been used before.|
|☐ Number in the SEO Title||Are you using a number in your SEO title?|
|☐ Headline title||Does your title have a positive or a negative sentiment? Headlines with a strong emotional sentiment (positive or negative) tend to receive more clicks.|
|☐ Power word in the title||Does the title contain at least one power word? Power Words are tried-and-true words that copywriters use to attract more clicks.|
|☐ Table of Contents||Are you using a table of contents plug-in to break down your text? Table of Contents help break down content into smaller, digestible chunks. It makes reading easier which in turn results in better rankings.|
|☐ Length of paragraphs||Are you using short paragraphs? Short paragraphs are easier to read and more pleasing to the eye. Long paragraphs scare the visitor, and they might result to SERPs looking for better readable content.|
|☐ Use of images and/or video(s)||Does your content contain images and/or videos? Content with images and/or video feels more inviting to users. It also helps supplement your textual content.|
☐ Optimize images – Optimize on-page imagery optimization with Optimole plug-in. It runs seamlessly in the background. If you’re using WP Rocket you can use Imagify to optimize images.
☐ Speed up your website with WP Rocket. WP Rocket is a tremendous product that took my website’s page speed from an F to an A.
Very Important Note: Do not install Optimole plug-in if you’re already running Jetpack by WordPress Plug-in (it’ll cause a conflict that some of your pictures won’t be visible).
☐ Use of Categories: Minimum of 5 to 10 well-structured categories. Categories provide clarification of your site’s structure.
☐ Does your page have no images? To give your page a boost, add an image, preferably 2 images.
☐ Have at least one Social Image within Your SEO Plugin (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). Add the social link via the plug-in SEO name.
☐ Install the plug-in Google Analytics for WordPress by Monster Insights to see how visitors are directed to your website and to keep ‘em coming back.
☐ Pinterest users only – Sign up for the 5-day Pinterest Challenge to boost your Pinterest traffic and Pinterest Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and simultaneously your blog. Pinterest has their own algorithms for SEO.
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Other SEO Tutorials for Bloggers – Beginning to Expert level
As I come across other SEO tutorials, I’m starting to develop a list of other SEO Tutorials for Bloggers that range from Beginner to Expert level.
Beginner’s SEO Tutorials
Intermediate SEO Tips
The Ultimate SEO Guide for Bloggers – What is SEO?
Advanced SEO Tips
SEO Consultants / Tips Not yet reviewed:
I love the series of Books for Dummies so this first link was pretty cool.
Search engine optimization (SEO) is vital to driving traffic to your blog via organic search. And there are many ways, besides using well-researched keywords in blog posts, to make your blog more attractive to search engines. You can learn how to get started with SEO in this guide.
Tania advises doing your SEO research before you start blogging so you don’t have to fix things later.”Ashley Grant – Female bloggers share tips for blogging for a living
The Importance of SEO
As your SEO articles climb higher and higher in search engine rankings, the exposure of each article increases, and more visitors will see your content. The more traffic you receive, the more money you make, whether you intend to earn it from ads, affiliate sales, a product you created, or your own services.Jacob M – Effective SEO copywriting hints to increase your traffic in 2020
Many entrepreneurs, however, focus a little bit more on SEO, which can be a mistake if their readers are neglected. The purpose of this article is to teach you how to maximize your traffic from search engines, while also satisfying your readers and maintaining quality content.
I hope that you have enjoyed and benefited from this search engine optimization Rank Math tutorial. Don’t forget to check out my post 10 Steps for The Ultimate Roadmap to Learning SEO. It’s one of the best ways for you to learn about SEO with SEO tips and suggestions from SEO experts.
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