How to migrate from Rank Math to Yoast SEO

So, you decided to migrate from Rank Math to Yoast SEO. Welcome on board! Since you chose to use Yoast SEO, you may be worried that you will lose valuable data like your keyphrases, SEO titles, and meta descriptions. However, that won’t be a problem: you can easily import all that data with Yoast SEO.

Migrating to Yoast SEO from Rank Math

To migrate from Rank Math to Yoast SEO follow these steps:

  1. Create a backup of your site

    Make sure you don’t lose any valuable data! Check How to create a backup for your WordPress site for instructions.

  2. In your WordPress back-end, go to Plugins

    When you log in, click in the sidebar menu on Plugins.

  3. Deactivate Rank Math

    In the Plugins menu, find the Rank Math SEO plugin and click Deactivate to disable it.

  4. Install Yoast SEO

    Search for Yoast SEO in the Plugin repository or follow this guide to install Yoast SEO for WordPress.

  5. Go to the Yoast SEO menu item, and select Tools

    The Tools screen will open.Screenshot of the "Tools" menu item.

  6. Click on Import and Export

    The Import and Export settings will open.

  7. Select Import from other SEO plugins tab to import data

  8. Import your data

    You have already completed Step 1 by backing up your data. Select the Rankmath plugin in the drop-down menu and click on Import to migrate your data. It may take some time to import all the data: you will see a notification at the top of the screen when it is complete.

  9. Check that your data has been imported correctly

    All your focus keyphrases, SEO titles and descriptions should have migrated to the Yoast SEO plugin. You can check this by opening any of your Posts or Pages and checking if the focus keyphrase and search appearance are filled in.

  10. Go through the First-time configuration

    To make sure that Yoast SEO works correctly, run the First-time configuration in the Yoast SEO menu. You can also go here directly by clicking the link in Step 4 of the Import from other SEO plugins process.

  11. Clean up your remaining data

    After finishing the First-time configuration, select Step 5 of the Import from other SEO plugins process. This step will clean your old data: you will receive a notification when it is complete.

Get started with Yoast SEO

That’s it! You can now use Yoast SEO (Premium). Need some more information on using Yoast SEO? These articles are a good place to start:

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