In this tutorial, we are going to talk about Rank Math’s quick actions menu item present in the admin bar.
So what are quick options? When you are logged into your website and are browsing through your posts, you might have noticed that WordPress places a black admin menu bar on top of the screen. Here is how it looks.
This black bar hosts some quick shortcuts which help you work faster. As you might have noticed on the image above, you can customize the post you’re viewing, check its pending comments, check updates, and add new posts. If you can’t see the bar, enable it in your user settings by going to WordPress Dashboard > Users > Your Profile.
When you install Rank Math, it will add its own menu item on this bar. Here is how it will look if you have Rank Math installed.
We’re going to discuss all the options that this quick-access provides.
To see all the options, all you have to do is hover your mouse over it, and all the options will appear below it.
You’ll see a total of 7 entries in the quick-actions menu, but it may change in the future. The entries are:
- Rank Math Dashboard
- Homepage SEO
- 404 Monitor
- Search Console
- SEO Analysis
- External Tools
Some of these are direct links to certain tools inside Rank Math, like the 404 monitor. Others have sub-options inside them. The entries with the sub-options inside will have a small arrow pointing outwards with them.
We’ll talk about the sub-options inside the individual options when we discuss the respective options.
For now, let us start discussing each of the quick-actions.
Rank Math Dashboard
The first quick-action is for the Rank Math Dashboard. It’s a pretty straightforward action. If you click it, you’ll reach the Rank Math Dashboard; specifically, you’ll reach the modules section.
The link does not open in a new window, so be prepared to leave your progress behind or Ctrl + Click (on Windows) or Command + Click (on a Mac) to open it in a new tab.
The second option in the quick-actions is the Homepage SEO option. Technically, it’s more than that. This option gives you a quick-shortcut to reach the default SEO settings of the type of page you’re on. Since we were on the homepage, we saw the option for Homepage SEO.
If you were on a regular post on your website, this is what you’d see there.
And on pages, you’d see similar results.
Another thing to note is that for pages and posts, there is an additional entry which is “Mark this post/page”. We will discuss this option too in the later parts of this tutorial.
Since this option can have 3 different settings in itself, we’ll briefly explain each of them.
The homepage option will take you to the homepage options inside Rank Math. Specifically, you’ll reach the Homepage options in the Titles and Meta Settings.
SEO Settings for Posts
The SEO Settings for Posts will also take you to the SEO Titles and Meta Option, but will also take you the Posts settings.
SEO settings for Pages
Continuing the same trend, the SEO settings for Pages will take you to the SEO titles and Meta options, but you will reach the Pages options instead.
Clicking the 404 monitor will take you to Rank Math’s 404 monitor which is located in Rank Math > 404 Monitor.
As we mentioned above, the Redirections setting doesn’t do anything on its own. You have to use one of the 3 sub-options inside it.
Let’s see what each of the settings accomplish.
Clicking the Manage Redirections option will take you to Rank Math’s redirection manager, where all the current redirections will be displayed.
Clicking the Redirection Settings option will take you to Rank Math’s redirection settings, where you configure settings related to Redirection. The setting is located inside Rank Math’s General Settings.
Redirect this Page
The Redirect this Page option opens the Redirection Tool – which is similar to the Manage Redirections option. However, in this case, Rank Math will initiate the process of creating a new redirect, which you can quickly configure to redirect your current post. The relative URL of your current post or page will already be present in the Source URL option if you select this option.
Clicking the Search Console link will take you directly to the Search Console dashboard inside Rank Math. If Rank Math is authorized to pull data from Search Console (highly recommended), then you will see important site metrics here.
Similar to some other options, the SEO Analysis option also has some sub-options. However, the SEO Analysis option only has 1 sub-option (for now), which is:
If you click the Run SEO Analysis option, you will be taken to the Rank Math’s SEO analysis tool – which is used to conduct a 1-click SEO analysis of your website.
Mark This Page/Post
As we mentioned, the Mark This option is only available when you are looking at the quick actions from a post or a page. Similar to some other options, the Mark This option also has some sub-options.
Before explaining what these options do, let us explain what they do not do. Contrary to other options, clicking any of these options will not take you anywhere inside Rank Math. Instead, each of these settings acts like a checkbox which can be enabled or disabled. Here is how that works.
Clicking an option enables it, which also adds a tick in front of it. Click the option again to disable it. In this particular example, there were no ticks on the options as we specifically intended to show it that way. However, in real-world use, Rank Math will automatically enable certain settings based on your post.
For example, if you’ve setup Rank Math in a way that all posts are included in the sitemap, then the “Include in Sitemap” will already be checked if you open these options from the menu.
Let us now understand in brief what each of these options achieves.
As Pillar Content
Rank Math has a feature where it can mark a piece of content as “Pillar Content” – which is usually used for posts. A pillar content is an evergreen piece of content that is designed to answer age-old questions which are bound to be asked for years to come.
In the photography world, a question like “What’s the relationship between Aperture, ISO, and Shutter Speed” is a sort of question that can qualify to be a Pillar Post.
When you’re writing a post, you have the option to set that post as a Pillar Post from right within the content. Here is how that option looks.
When you set a post as a Pillar Post, Rank Math will then suggest that you internally link to this post from your other posts. The recommendation will appear in the Link Suggestions section, which is present on the right sidebar in the post editing page.
Since a blog can have many categories, the suggestions to internally link are limited to posts in the same category.
When you enable this option from the quick-actions menu, Rank Math will mark this page as the Pillar Content.
NoIndex is a robots-meta directive that tells the search engine not to index the page. If your head is spinning, let us explain.
By default, Google and other search engines will try to access all your website’s pages and add them to your index, unless you specifically tell them not to. On many occasions, it makes sense for some of your pages to never be in Google’s Index. An example would be an e-commerce store with old discontinued products. You want the pages to exist, but not be indexed by Google.
You might think, but what’s the harm in Google indexing my pages, doesn’t that mean more traffic? You may be right. In certain cases, it won’t matter much. But for larger sites, having the ability to tell Google what not to index a certain page gives them a degree of control.
Google might have near infinite resources to index the web when you compare it to your website. But they also have to index the entire web. That is why they have something called a “crawl budget” for each website. That crawl budget is an approximate number of pages that Google will index on your website per visit. The crawl budget is different for different websites and depends on many factors which are not important to this discussion.
The point is that it exists. If there are un-necessary pages on your website which Google is indexing, isn’t it wise for you to direct Google to the more important pages of your website?
This option lets you do just that. When you enable this option, it enables the Noindex robots meta for this page. When Google sees that option, it will skip over this page and move onto the next.
NoFollow is another robots-meta directive. It is different from NoIndex however. In Noindex, the search engine visiting the page is directed not to index the page. The case with Nofollow is different.
When Nofollow is used, you’re directing the search engine to index the page, but not follow any links on the page.
This is another directive that is incredibly useful. A simple example can be a user-profile page on your website. You can give the users complete freedom to write anything about them, even add URLs, and then simply Nofollow the page. Their profile will still be indexed by Google, but any links on the page will have no value.
As with the case above, the Nofollow directive is most useful to discourage spam on websites.
When you enable this option, the Nofollow meta directive is added to the page, and as a result, Google and other search engines will ignore the links on the page.
Include in Sitemap
This is a pretty simple option, and for most pages, it will be enabled by default. When enabled, the page or post this option is present on will be included in the sitemap. If disabled, the page or post will not be included in the sitemap.
There can be many reasons to exclude a page from the sitemap, and we won’t go into them right now. The simple idea behind this meta directive is that you can exclude non-important pages from the sitemap to make way for more important pages.
As the name says, the external tools section holds some important tools in it. Hover over the external tools option to reveal the list of tools.
As you see in the image above, there are 5 tools inside the external tools section. Let us tell you about each of them briefly.
Google Structured Data
This options links to the Google Structured Data tool which lets you test the structured data on your site. Structured data is commonly known as rich snippets, and they are chunks of code that give Google additional information about your site. Google is known to reject snippet data entirely even if there is a small discrepancy in it, so this tool is great to avoid issues with Google in the first place.
Google PageSpeed is a well-known tool by Google that helps you test your website’s desktop version and the mobile version for speed and performance issues.
Having a mobile friendly website is not an option anymore, it’s a necessity. The Google Mobile-Friendly tool helps you test your website for mobile friendliness and also identify and fix common issues.
This is a simple tool that lets you see the Google’s cached version of your page. It’s also an easy way to confirm if your page has been indexed by Google or not.
If your page or post has issues while sharing on Facebook, there might be a Facebook OpenGraph issue on your website. The Facebook Debugger tool helps you identify and fix these issues.
There you have it. Those were all the options that are included in the quick-actions menu in Rank Math. The list of options is not set in stone, and we might include more options depending on user feedback and other testing.
While there was not much to understand in this section, we hope that you found the information useful, and hopefully, it saves you some time – that’s what it’s intended for. If you have any questions or face issues in any of the features, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the support staff – they’re available to help you 24x7x365.
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