SEO Yoast and Rank Math are the two plugins that are currently ruling the WordPress SEO world. Both being the big SEO players have their own fan base.

SEO Yoast being in the field for a long time with 5+ million users is a solid SEO plugin while Rank Math as a newcomer has already made its wow impressions among WordPress users. 

yoast vs rankmath

Both Yoast and Rank Math does the work of optimizing WordPress sites to make them rank better in search engines like Google. Let’s see what both of these SEO plugins can do in general. 

  • Optimize pages and posts
  • Improve the site appears in the search results 
  • Improve and optimize site metadata
  • Optimize sitemap, canonical element, and access
  • Instruct the search engines on which content to crawl.
  • Optimize your social sharing options
  • Improve website speed and user experience 


Rank Math is a new SEO plugin but is already very popular in the way it is revolutionizing the WordPress SEO. With already tons of five-star reviews and great mentions around the web, Rank Math has managed to get into the eyes of big groups or WordPress users, including top digital marketers and SEO experts.

Pros of Rank Math πŸ‘

The best part of Rank Math that I like is the interface. It has a clean and straightforward user interface making it easy to use with all kinds of editors and page builders. The features in the plugin are easy to understand, and yes, all of them are 100% FREE. Rank Math has excellent customer support. Some of the best features of Rank Math includes:

  • Redirection manager
  • Easy to do Elementor SEO
  • Use of multiple Focus Keywords
  • Local SEO features
  • Snippet Editor
  • Multiple Schema choice
  • Role Manager
  • Search Console in Dashboard
  • More logical and SEO scoring method
  • Title’s Readability Analysis
  • 404 Management
  • Canonical URL feature
  • Easy One-click Data Import From Yoast

Cons of Rank Math πŸ‘Ž

Using Rank Math can be a bit overwhelming to newbies as there are setting options in the plugin.

SEO Yoast

With more than five million installations, Yoast has been there for over a decade. You can say until Rank Math got down to business, SEO Yoast was the single ruling SEO plugin.

With its official headquarter in the Netherland Yoast is a team of 80 plus professionals who actively contribute to the WordPress Community.

Pros of SEO Yoast Plugin πŸ‘

SEO Yoast is convenient in detecting site errors and recommending possible solutions. It perfectly guides you to solve SEO errors in your pages and posts.

It identifies different technical issues and helps you fix them. Yoast provides excellent insight on link optimization, content filter, redirections, and more.

Cons of SEO Yoast PluginπŸ‘Ž

The main pros of Yoast are that the advanced features are restricted in the free version. The free version gives you all the necessary optimization options, but the advanced premium features can add to better site optimization.

The user interface of the Yoast is not very appealing. If you are a page builder user, you should have already got into bang with its hostile interface. Also, the support from the Yoast team cannot be highly appreciated.

Yoast Free Vs Yoast Premium

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Rank Math vs.Yoast: A Detailed Comparison

  • Ease of use ( The User Interface)
  • Keyword allocation:
  • Content Optimization
  • Features and performance
  • Indexing and sitemap 

User Interface Comparison: Rank Math Vs. Yoast

Be it an SEO plugin, or an email automation tool, a clean and simple user interface has always been in demand. The clean interface makes it easy for all levels of users. Complex interface makes it hard for non-technical users to use the tool. 

Rank Math has a clean and easy to use interface. It comes with two different modes for the users. Easy Mode and Advanced Mode. 

Rank Math user interface display

With the Easy Mode, you don’t need to work on the setting, and If you want to take a Pro control over your WordPress SEO, the Advanced Mode comes into play.

The user interface of Rank Math is pretty appealing and easy to understand for all types of users. It is not that difficult to find out anything you are looking for

SEO Yoast comes with an ” all in one” type interface. 

The user interface of SEO is robust in the sense that it is focused more on functionality. However, the design and the look may not please everyone as it seems to be a bit more outdated.

Installation And Setup Comparison: Rank Math Vs. Yoast

The ease of setting up any tool can significantly impact how the users are going to make a first impression of the tool.

With five easy steps setup wizard, Rank math has a smooth setup process. Upon installation, RankMath pops up the setup wizard automatically. The setup process begins by asking your email details. However, you can skip and continue the setup process.

Rank math module

Yoast SEO comes with a setup wizard that allows you to configure basic settings such as the site and organization type, author options, visibility setting, and more.

yoast setup wizard

Keyword Setup Comparison: Rank Math Vs. Yoast

With Rank Math, you can assign up to 5 keywords on a page or post while Yoast, in the free version, lets you assign only a single keyword. With the Premium version in Yoast, you can assign five keywords. Other features like title, meta description, slug, and Google search preview work almost similar in both of them.

Rank math keyword assigning
Keyword assigning in Rank Math
keyword assigning yoast
Keyword Assigning in Yoast

Content Optimization Comparison: Rank Math Vs. Yoast

Both the plugins give you an overview of your content optimization. You can see to what level your post or page is optimized. In this case, both the plugins have different methods of grading the optimization score.

Rank Math shows the optimization score in number that is from 0-100. The scoreboard color turns green after you reach 80, meaning that your content is optimized for good.

score card rankmath

score card rank math

The same thing in Yoast is done differently. Yoast shows your optimization score using the color circles. The red circle represents the least optimization score, and the green represents the best optimization score.

In this case, the Rank Math system of grading the content optimization looks more logical. The Yoast breaks the score in three different grades, while Rank Math does this into 100 parts.

Performance Comparison: Rank Math Vs. Yoast

Rank Math asserts that its code is efficient and precise and that makes it load faster without slowing down your website.

Yoast and Rank math performance comparision

When it comes to performing the best, both the SEO plugins have their own scope of performance. You will not get an instant boom in your SEO score by replacing Yoast with Rank Math.

Obviously, Rank Math has more features than Yoast, but merely having more features cannot guarantee better performance.

There has been a lot of buzz around Rank Math being better than Yoast. However, unless you test each theme based on comparative metrics and content, you never know which outranks the other.

Schema Markup Comparison: Rank Math Vs. Yoast

Both plugins offer different types of schema markup. Rank Math comes with local SEO optimize pack where as Yoast integrates “how-to” and “FAQ” schema on pages and posts.

It is up to you to decide what feature is more essential for your website or business.

Schema TypeSEO Yoast Rank Math
Rich SnippetsNoYes
FAQ SchemaYesNo
How-To SchemaYesNo
Knowledge GraphYes Yes
Local SEO MarkupPremium Yes
schema generator

Redirection And 404 Monitor Comparison: Rank Math Vs. Yoast

Rank Math does the clean sweep here. Redirection is one of the most important features when it comes to SEO, and Rank Math beats Yoast by offering redirection features for free, which is only available in Yoast Premium.


You can keep an eye on a 404 error from a section in Rank Math for free without having to visit your search console. In Yoast, this is only possible by using a third-party plugin.

Robert.txt And htaccess Comparison: Rank Math Vs. Yoast

Robert.txt and htaccess options are only available in Rank Math. Yoast falls back in this feature.


XML Sitemap Comparison: Rank Math Vs. Yoast

I don’t see a big difference in XML sitemap integration by both of them. But still, customizing the sitemap should be more easier with Rank Math.

Rank math vs. yoast sitemap

Elementor SEO: Rank Math Vs. Yoast

No doubt, Elementor is the most widely used page builder on WordPress. While Working with SEO on Elementor sites you might have noticed that Yoast does not come handy because Yoast doesn’t let you do SEO work on the element or interface. you need to keep on moving back and forth.

But, Rank Math comes with superb integration with Elementor Plugin. You can edit your meta snippet accordingly, and configure the schema markup β€” all from within Elementor’s editing screen.

Support And Pricing: Rank Math Vs. Yoast

Rank Math is a free plugin with excellent features. The Premium version is coming soon with ultra extended features and functionalities. You get all the features in the Free version of Rank Math that SEO Yoast provides you by charging $89/year.

Rank Math is built on a strong customer support foundation. They have a proactive support team who and support forum to answer your query anytime, anywhere.

Yoast only has premium level support for the premium users.

Wrap Up: Rank Math vs Yoast

Rank math vs yoast

It is good to see how Rank Math is revolutionizing the WordPress SEO sphere and quickly picking up the graph. On the flip side, Yoast being an acclaimed SEO player, cannot be undermined. Both of them are here for good.

However, the extensive features of Rank Math give an excellent reason to go for it. You can propel your SEO game to the next level with Rank Math without paying a dollar. I personally prefer Rank Math for its ease of use and overall features.

Why go for Rank Math?

  • Rank Math is 100% free. 
  • Rank Math has all the features that are available in Yoast Premium
  • Light coded plugin and better performance
  • Superb customer support and a great community
  • Rapidly growing

Why be with Yoast?

  • Yoast has been in the industry for ten plus years and trusted plugin with 5 million-plus installations.
  • Yoast makes it easy to optimize content
  • Yoast includes FAQ and How-To schema that helps you get more space on search results.
  • Detailed documentation and knowledgebase

Frequently Asked Questions

➀ Can I trust Rank Math?

The current version of Yoast is totally safe. Though some vulnerabilities in the earlier versions but the latest version is there with a big improvement. Top SEO veteran and bloggers like Matthew Woodward and Ryan Robinson and Matt Digitty have recommended Rank Math.

➀ Is it worth to buy Yoast Premium?

To be honest, I don't see any reason to spend extra $89/year. Rank Math gives you option to use multiple focus keyword and for redirection there are other free plugins available.

➀ Does Rank Math work with page builders?

Yes, Rank Math works absolutely perfectly with page builders like Elementor and WP Bakery.

Which Plugin are you using for your WordPress website? Are you satisfied with the one you use? Leave your thoughts in the comment below. We would love to hear your experience with Rank Math, Yoast or any other SEO plugin.

Gaurav helps small businesses grow with SEO and content marketing. . He is passionate about blogging and mostly he writes on WordPress, SEO, and everything about online marketing.

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