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SEO Automation: 9 Tools That Boost Efficiency

SEO Automation: 9 Tools That Boost Efficiency

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Optimizing your website for search engines demands time, focus, and commitment. Tasks like image optimization, managing redirects, tracking rankings, etc., require regular attention.

Fortunately, you don’t have to tackle these SEO tasks manually anymore. Thanks to Rank Math for SEO automation.

SEO automation means using tools or features to handle these tasks automatically, saving time and effort. Your role is to review the insights these tools provide and address any issues that arise.

In this post, we’ll discuss how you can automate your tasks with Rank Math SEO.

So, without any further ado, let’s get started.

1 What is SEO Automation?

As mentioned before, SEO automation refers to using tools and software to streamline and automate various tasks involved in search engine optimization (SEO).

These tools are designed to handle repetitive and time-consuming processes, allowing you to focus on higher-level strategic initiatives.

Here are a few of them:

  • Monitoring your website for SEO issues
  • Tracking website rankings
  • Creating SEO reports
  • Conducting competitor analysis
  • Automatic redirects

Rank Math SEO helps automate your tasks, save time, improve efficiency, and achieve better results in your SEO efforts.

2 SEO Automation Using Rank Math

We’ll now discuss the various features to help you automate your tasks with the help of Rank Math.

2.1 Image SEO

Rank Math’s Image SEO feature is a powerful SEO automation feature designed to optimize images for better search engine visibility.

With Rank Math’s Image SEO, you can automatically add ALT tags to images. ALT tags provide descriptive text for images, helping search engines understand the content of the images and improve their relevance in search results.

Find and Replace Alt Text and Captions on Images Easily Without Manual Work

By automating ALT tag generation, Rank Math ensures that every image on the website is properly optimized without the need for manual intervention.

To take advantage of the Image SEO feature, navigate to Rank Math SEO β†’ Dashboard β†’ Modules from your WordPress dashboard and enable the Image SEO module.

Enable Image SEO module

Next, navigate to General Settings β†’ Images from the Rank Math menu to locate the image optimization settings.

Enable the Add missing ALT attributes option to automatically add ALT text to images that don’t have it.

SEO automation by adding missing alt text

Rank Math adds missing ALT attributes only for images added in post or page content. It will not do so for images used in headers, sidebars, footers, etc.

Rank Math also offers options to add missing title attributes, image captions, image descriptions, etc.

Refer to our dedicated tutorial on Image SEO to automate the image optimization features on your website.

2.2 Schema Markup / Schema Templates

Schema markup, or structured data, provides search engines additional context about a web page’s content, enabling you to display rich snippets and enhanced search results.

With Rank Math’s Schema markup feature, you can easily add structured data to your website without manual coding.

The feature offers 20+ predefined Schema types for different types of content, such as articles, products, recipes, events, and more.

To select the default Schema type, navigate to Rank Math β†’ Titles & Meta β†’ and select the preferred Schema type that you wish to use by default for all of the custom post types and taxonomies.

Select Schema type

Next, add the Schema type to your posts/pages.

Open the editor for the specific post or page you want to add Schema markup to and click on the SEO score displayed by Rank Math. In the Rank Math SEO settings box, navigate to the Schema tab. From the Schema tab, select the type of Schema you want to add to your post or page.

Fill out any required fields prompted by Rank Math’s Schema Generator. Depending on the selected Schema type, this may include fields for name, description, image, date, author, and more. Your Schema will be added to your post/page.

Add Schema type to the posts


Rank Math PRO
 also includes creating, saving, and reusing custom Schema templates. You can easily reuse the saved template whenever you write and publish a similar product review (simply changing the fields as required).

Once you’ve added the Schema, validate it using Google’s Rich Results Test.

Refer to our dedicated tutorial on Schema markup to implement Schema markup at the click of a few buttons.

2.3 Instant Indexing

Rank Math’s Instant Indexing feature is a powerful SEO automation tool designed to expedite the indexing of new content on search engines.

When new content is published on a website, it typically takes some time for search engines to discover and index it, which can delay its appearance in search results.

However, with Rank Math’s Instant Indexing, you can notify search engines about new content immediately after publication, speeding up the indexing process significantly.

Get Your Articles Indexed Instantly On Google

The feature automatically submits newly published posts or pages to search engines, ensuring that they are promptly notified about the website’s new content.

Refer to our dedicated tutorial on instant indexing to automate the indexing of your posts/pages.

Also, the IndexNow feature helps you to submit URLs to Bing and Yandex. Enable the Instant Indexing module and configure the settings by navigating to Rank Math SEO β†’ Instant Indexing β†’ Settings.

You can manually add multiple URLs (one per line) of your blog posts, the home page, or any other web content.

Click the Submit URLs button, and all the added URLs will be submitted for indexing without actually visiting the webmaster tools or configuring it with an API key.

submit URLs

2.4 Sitemap

The Sitemaps in Rank Math help to manage and submit XML sitemaps for websites.

Rank Math’s Sitemaps feature automates the generation and updating of XML sitemaps, eliminating the need for manual creation and maintenance.

When the Sitemap module is enabled, Rank Math automatically generates a comprehensive XML sitemap for the website, including all posts, pages, categories, tags, and other relevant content.

Super Simple Way to Submit Sitemap to Google Search Console

Additionally, the sitemap is updated automatically whenever new content is added, or existing content is modified, ensuring that search engines always have access to the latest information about the website’s content.

Refer to our dedicated tutorial on Sitemaps to understand the various sitemap options and configure them for your website.

2.5 SEO Tags With Variable Feature

Meta tags, such as title tags and meta descriptions, play an important role in informing search engines and the audience about a web page’s content. Creating unique and compelling meta tags for every page on a website can be time-consuming, especially on large websites with numerous pages.

Rank Math’s SEO tags with variable features automate the generation of meta tags by allowing you to create your variables and use them inside the SEO and meta fields of Rank Math.

To create your new variable, add the below code snippet to the rank-math.php file. Please note that you should also add the callback function.

Once done, you can use these variables in the global settings for Titles & Meta if you do not wish to use them on individual posts/pages/products whenever you create new content.

/**
 * Action: 'rank_math/vars/register_extra_replacements' - Allows adding extra variables.
 */
add_action('rank_math/vars/register_extra_replacements', function () {
	rank_math_register_var_replacement(
		'custom_variable_slug',
		array(
			'name'        => esc_html__('Custom variable name.', 'rank-math'),
			'description' => esc_html__('Custom variable description.', 'rank-math'),
			'variable'    => 'custom_variable_slug',
			'example'     => 'custom_variable_callback()',
		),
		'custom_variable_callback'
	);
});

Refer to our dedicated tutorial on SEO meta tags and optimize them to enhance your SEO efforts.

2.6 Auto Post Redirect

Redirects are essential for maintaining a website’s SEO integrity, ensuring that users and search engines are directed to the correct page when a URL is changed or removed.

If WordPress doesn’t automatically redirect your old URLs to the new ones, Rank Math can help you redirect your posts automatically.

When a URL is modified, Rank Math detects the change and automatically generates the appropriate redirect to ensure that visitors are directed to the new or relevant page.

Enable the Redirection module from your WordPress dashboard to use the automatic post-redirection feature.

Once you’ve enabled the Redirections module, navigate to the Rank Math SEO β†’ General Settings β†’ Redirections β†’ Auto Post Redirect and enable the option, as shown below.

Auto Post Redirect option

Once you’ve enabled the option, save your changes, and Rank Math will help create automatic redirections for posts, pages, taxonomies, and CPTs. 

2.7 Open Graph Tags

Rank Math configures Open Graph tags automatically based on the data provided.

By configuring Open Graph tags correctly, Rank Math ensures that shared links from the website are optimized for social media platforms, enhancing the visual appeal and increasing engagement.

Rank Math will use the post title as the Open Graph title, the meta description or post excerpt as the description, and the featured image as the image.

Also, Rank Math will automatically add the og:video tag if you’ve enabled the Autodetect Video option.

Autodetect Video

Refer to our dedicated tutorial on Open Graph Meta Tags to learn how to add them to your website using the Rank Math SEO plugin.

2.8 Rank Tracker PRO

Rank Tracker, a feature within Rank Math, helps in SEO automation by simplifying the monitoring of keyword rankings and tracking SEO performance.

Save Money On Keyword Rank Tracking Tools

With Rank Tracker, you can effortlessly monitor your website’s ranking for specific keywords in search engines.

To use the Rank Tracker feature, navigate to Rank Math SEO β†’ Analytics β†’ Rank Tracker as shown below.

Rank Tracker

The feature offers automation by allowing you to track keyword rankings at predefined intervals. Simply add your keywords and start tracking their rankings.

Add keywords and track them

Rank Tracker also allows you to automatically import focus keywords and secondary keywords from your existing posts.

Refer to our dedicated tutorial on Rank Tracker and track your site’s performance easily.

2.9 Email SEO Report

With Rank Math, you can get detailed SEO performance reports via email. These reports allow you to track changes in website traffic, impressions, total keywords, and average position. They are delivered at a set interval and keep you updated on your website’s performance over time.

To enable the Email Reports, navigate to Rank Math SEO β†’ General Settings β†’ Analytics from your WordPress dashboard.

Email Reports

Refer to our dedicated tutorial on SEO Reports to enable Email Reporting with Rank Math and learn how to configure it according to your preferences.

3 Conclusion

Rank Math offers a comprehensive suite of SEO automation tools that streamline various aspects of search engine optimization, making it easier for you to achieve your goals.

From automating tasks like keyword tracking to providing valuable insights and customizable reports, Rank Math helps you optimize the websites effectively and efficiently.

These SEO automation features can save time, improve your SEO performance, and stay ahead of the competition.

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