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Rank Math ‘Titles and Meta’ Options and Settings

In this knowledgebase article, we are going to cover Rank Math’s Title and Meta settings. As you probably know, the titles and meta play an important role in how search engines understand your content. Therefore, it is important that they are optimized. Rank Math’s Title and Meta features will help you optimize the titles of all your posts, no matter how big your website is.

Let’s get started.

Start by going to the Titles and Meta options by hovering over Rank Math’s settings in the WordPress menu and clicking “Titles and Meta”.

Open Rank Math Titles & Meta

The Titles and Meta options will appear. All the various settings have been organized in sections to make them easy to navigate. Here is a list of all the sections in the Titles and Meta settings.

all the settings in the title and meta settings

As you can see, there are tons of options in there to understand and optimize. Also, you might not see all the options that you see here. That is because some of the options are made visible only if the corresponding plugin is installed. For example, you wouldn’t see the Product Categories and the Product Tags section if you don’t have WooCommerce Installed.

Similarly, if you were in Easy Mode, some of the advanced options might not be available for you. You will need to switch to Advanced Mode to access all the settings, and here is a complete list of options that can be accessed only in the Advanced Mode of Rank Math.

1 Accessing the Settings

You might not have noticed it, but there are 2 ways to access the settings. The obvious way is to go to the appropriate section and then access the setting you want.

The other method is by using the search box, which is located at the top of the page.

find settings in title using search

The search box is AJAX-based. That means that as soon as you start typing the setting name, it will be searched and displayed almost instantaneously. Here is an example.

search-options-in-title-and-meta-settings-rank-math

The search option is pretty convenient, and once you learn about the various settings, you might find it more comfortable to use to find your settings.

2 Understanding the Impact of These Settings

It is important to understand how these settings affect your website. When you set up your Titles and Meta settings, it creates a default set of settings that will be used for posts, pages, and other post types that you might have. This ensures that each post on your website has some optimization done for them. When you create new posts or pages, you can then override each of the settings per-post.

Now that you’ve understood, let us start by discussing the first section, the Global Meta section.

3 Global Meta

The Global Meta settings help you set the default Title and Meta settings for all pages on your website. Here are the options available in the Global Meta section.

all settings in global meta settings

Let us discuss each of the options.

3.1 Robots Meta

The Robots Meta tags help you communicate your indexing preferences to search engines. While the meta tags can be set on a per-post basis, the options available here allow you to set default values for these tags.

If you’re not too sure what these tags mean, here is a small explanation.

  • No Index: Enabling this communicates to search engines that you do not want this post to be indexed.
  • No Archive: Enabling this communicates to search engines that you do not want cached versions of this page appearing in the search results
  • No Snippet: Enabling this communicates to search engines that they should not include a snippet below the search result of this page
  • No Follow: Enabling this communicates to search engines that you do not want any of the links on this page to be followed
  • No Image Index: Enabling this communicates to search engines that you do not want any images on the page to be indexed

You can also see a brief description of the tags by hovering over the “?” next to them.

robots-meta-tooltip-explanations

As for recommended settings, we recommend that you keep all the settings disabled. Most of your posts will benefit from indexing, and the ones that you want to de-index can be done so manually in the post settings.

recommended settings from global robots meta

Here is the tooltip text if you’re interested in reading what it says.

  • No Index: Prevents this page from being indexed by search engines
  • No Follow: Page gets indexed, but the links on the page are not followed
  • No Archive: Search engines do not display a cached version of the page
  • No Image Index: The page is indexed, but the images on the page are not indexed
  • No Snippet: Search engines do not display a snippet below the search result for this page

3.2 Advanced Robots Meta

As it goes by the name, the Advanced Robots Meta includes some of the advanced types of Robots Meta for you to configure. They help you control how your content appears as a snippet in the search results. While you can configure Advanced Robots Meta for each page, you can set the default values here.

Global Meta - Advanced Robots Meta

We recommend leaving with the default values, but if you wanted to customize, you’ve have got three options to configure:

  • Snippet: Specify the maximum text length in characters for your page’s snippet. The default option “-1” lets Google know that they can use any number of characters from your page for the snippet.
  • Video Preview: Specify the maximum duration in seconds for an animated video preview. The default option “-1” signifies that you don’t have any limit.
  • Image Preview: Specify the maximum size of the image preview for the images on this page. You can choose any one of the three predefined options – large, standard, and none

3.3 Noindex Empty Category and Tag Archives

WordPress automatically creates “archive” pages for each category, tag, and other taxonomies that you use on your website. An archive page is simply a collection of all the posts (or custom) posts in that taxonomy, organized in pages.

If you’ve created a bunch of categories and tags, but there are no posts associated with them, then not only empty archive pages will be created, they will also be indexed.

Enabling this option counters this problem as all the archive pages of empty category and tag pages will be no-indexed. We recommend that you enable this option.

Global Meta - noindex empty category and tag archives

3.4 Separator Character

This option lets you decide the separator character that will be used in the title of your posts. There are several options available, and you can choose anyone based on your preference.

When deciding which separator character to use, you can take the help of the demo title below. The title will update based on the separator character you choose and will help you in selecting the one that looks best.

Ideally, you should test the impact of the separator character on your website. If you want to do so, then set any character as the separator character and then observe your CTR (click through rate). After a few weeks, change the separator character and observe if the rate improves.

You can also set a custom separator character by entering it in the last field.

Global Meta - separator character configuration

After you’ve selected your separator character, you can use it in your titles by inserting %separator% or %sep in your titles.

3.5 Capitalize Titles

Enabling this setting capitalizes the first character of each word in your post’s title. For example, a title like this is a post will become This Is A Post. We recommend that you enable this setting.

Global Meta - capitalize titles

3.6 Rewrite Titles

If your theme does not support title-tag, this can be fixed by enabling the option to rewrite titles by navigating to Rank Math > Titles and Meta > Global Meta > Rewrite Titles as shown below:

Global Meta - Rewrite Titles option in Rank Math

This option allows you to force rewrite titles if your theme allows editing the title tags.

Note: The force rewrite option is only visible when Rank Math determines that it is needed. If it is not required, the option will not appear.

3.7 OpenGraph Thumbnail

This option lets you set a default OpenGraph thumbnail. OpenGraph tags are used by Facebook whenever a post is shared on Facebook. When you set up a default OpenGraph Thumbnail, all your posts without featured images will use this image when the post is shared on Facebook.

To set an OpenGraph Thumbnail, click the “Add or Upload File” button.

Global Meta - setup opengraph thumbnail

WordPress’s media manager will open. Upload a file by dragging and dropping it on the manager or select an already uploaded image. Then click the “Use this file” button.

upload a thumbnail to choose

The image will now be shown alongside the setting.

global opengraph thumbnail configured

Here we have uploaded Rank Math’s logo as for demonstration, but you should upload an engaging banner. The recommended dimensions for the OpenGraph Thumbnails is 1200 x 630 pixels.

If you want to change the OpenGraph Thumbnail in the future, then hover over the uploaded thumbnail with your mouse. You will notice an overlay on the image with an “X” in the corner. Click the X to remove the image, and then select a new one

Click X to remove the image

3.8 Twitter Card Type

This option lets you set a default Twitter card for your posts. This card will be used when your posts are shared on Twitter.

configure twitter card type - Global Meta

3.9 Custom Image Watermarks PRO

The Custom Image Watermarks option lets you create your own watermark in Rank Math, in addition to the default GIF and play icon. To add your watermark, click on the Add Image button.

Add image for Custom Image Watermarks - Global Meta

From the WordPress media manager, Upload/Select your image to be used as your watermark image. Then, give a name for your watermark image in the Name text box and set the position where you want your watermark to appear over your social sharing images from the drop-down list.

Options available under Custom Image Watermarks

You can add more image watermarks with the Add Watermark option and to remove a watermark, just click the Remove option against the watermark.

3.10 Default Thumbnail Watermark PRO

The Default Thumbnail Watermark option lets you set a watermark as a fallback if no specific watermark is selected on your post.

If you had created a custom watermark image with the previous option, you could find the watermark here in addition to the default Play icon and GIF icon. Select the default thumbnail watermark you wanted to add for all your social sharing images, and then click the Save Changes button.

Default Thumbnail Watermark - Global Meta

This covers all the settings in the Global Meta section. Let us move onto the Local SEO Section.

4 Local SEO

The Local SEO section contains all the settings related to Local Businesses.

When you configure the Local Settings section Rank Math will add the necessary metadata to your website for Google to recognize your website as a local business website, and Google will start showing your website in the SERPs for related business queries.

Local SEO is vast and needs a guide of its own. You can learn how to do Local SEO with Rank Math.

5 Social Meta

The Social Meta section harbours all the settings related to the metadata for social media. Here is a glimpse of all the settings present in the Social Meta section.

All settings available in Social Meta section

Let us explain each of the settings quickly.

5.1 Facebook Page URL

Enter the URL of your Facebook page here. This URL will be displayed within the contact info shortcode and also added as metadata to your pages for OpenGraph and Knowledge Graph.

Enter your Facebook page URL - Social Meta

5.2 Facebook Authorship

Facebook supports a Facebook authorship tag, which is used to credit authors when a post is shared on Facebook.

If you would like to enable Facebook Authorship for your website, enter the URL of your personal Facebook page here.

Enter your Facebook authorship id - Social Meta

5.3 Facebook Admin

Enter the numeric user ID for your Facebook profile here. You can find your User ID using this tool. You can also enter multiple IDs by separating them with commas. You can also skip this and use the Facebook App settings, which is discussed below.

Enter your Facebook admin user ID - Social Meta

5.4 Facebook App

Enter the App ID of your Facebook App in this field. If you do not have an app, you can use the Facebook Admin setting, which is discussed above. Follow this tutorial to create your own app.

Enter your Facebook app Id - Social Meta

5.5 Facebook Secret

If you’re using a Facebook app, enter the app’s secret key in this field.

Enter your Facebook secret key - Social Meta

5.6 Twitter Username

Enter your personal Twitter username in this field. This is used by Twitter for twitter:creator tags.

Enter your Twitter username - Social Meta

5.7 Why Doesn’t Rank Math Show Other Social Profile Options?

We removed the Social Meta options for sameAs and many of the social profile options from the Schema because Google/Yandex doesn’t use it anymore. It is like the keyword meta tags that many webmasters spend extra time on but it is also ignored by Google and there is zero advantage of having the sameAs code just like there is zero advantage if you have the meta keywords on your website.

Google has changed a lot, and they get more intelligent every passing minute with AI and countless algorithms they have in place. They pick the social profiles from across the web, and they do not need you to have the sameAs tag to show your social profiles in the Knowledge Panel.

5.8 Do You Need to Configure All These Settings

As you just saw, there are many options in the Social Meta section—more social networks than a business would reasonably be present on. It poses the question, do you need to configure all these social media options?

The answer is no. You do not need to configure all these options, especially if you’re not on a particular social media platform.

Different business types work with different social media. A business that does well on Instagram might not do well on LinkedIn and vice versa.

To be inclusive of all kinds of business, and to offer the maximum control over your website’s optimization, we have included all the popular social media channels. You can (and should) configure only the ones that you’re interested in, and intend to use in your business, leave the rest of them blank.

That covers all the settings in the Social Meta section. Let us move to the next section, the Homepage section.

6 Homepage

As you probably guessed, the Homepage section contains all the Title and Meta settings related to the homepage. Here are all the options that you will see in this section.

all the settings in the homepage section

Let us cover each of the section and understand what it does.

6.1 Homepage Title

Here you set the title of the homepage of your website. As you can probably understand, the title of your homepage is very important from an SEO perspective and thus needs to be set accordingly.

You can either set a static title, which won’t change unless you change it yourself, or create the ones with variables. The benefit of using variables is that your title will automatically be updated if you change any of the things that affect the variables.

A sample homepage title will be set by Rank Math using variables for demonstration. We recommend that you change. To see the list of all the variables you can use, click the drop-down icon at the end of the text area.

all variables available in homepage title

The example shared below the text area also acts as a real-time preview. When you update the title format, you will instantly see the change below.

Homepage title - Homepage Meta

6.2 Homepage Meta Description

Here you can enter a meta description for your homepage. Similar to the Homepage Title, you can enter a static description or create a dynamic one using the supported variables.

Homepage meta description

6.3 Homepage Robots Meta

This option lets you set the Robots Meta for your homepage. You can either choose the default settings you’ve set in the Global Meta section or choose custom settings for the homepage.

Homepage robots meta

If you choose the Custom option, another set of setting will appear.

Homepage robots meta detailed options

You can select any of the Robots Meta tags, and they will be used for your homepage only.

6.4 Homepage Advanced Robots

The Homepage Advanced Robots Meta allows you to control the snippet of your homepage in search results. You can use the options available here to set the Advanced Robots Meta, and they apply only to your homepage.

We recommend you to configure these options only if you’re fully aware of the changes you’re intended to, else leave with the default setting.

Homepage advanced robots meta

6.5 Homepage Title for Facebook

As the setting name mentions, it sets the Homepage Title for Facebook. But, in reality, the title you set here will be used in the OpenGraph meta on your website. That means that any social networking website that uses the OpenGraph protocol will see this title when your homepage is shared there.

Homepage title for Facebook

6.6 Homepage Description for Facebook

In the setting above, we set the title for your homepage. Here, you can set the description of the page. Just to remind you, this description will only be used when your page is being shared on social media.

Homepage description for Facebook

6.7 Homepage Thumbnail for Facebook

Here you can choose the default thumbnail image that will be used when your homepage is shared on Facebook, Twitter, or other social networks.

This setting shouldn’t be confused with a similar setting that you set in the Global Meta section. There, you had set a default thumbnail for the pages of your website, while here you are setting one for your homepage. The recommended resolution is 1200 by 630 pixels or above.

Homepage thumbnail for Facebook

This covers all the settings in the Homepage section, let us move on to the next section, Authors.

7 Authors

Just as WordPress creates category and date archives, WordPress also creates Author Archives. The Authors section contains all the settings that relate to the author archives. Here are all the available options.

all settings in the authors section

Let us understand the impact of each of the settings in detail.

7.1 Author Archives

This option enables or disables the author archives entirely. Depending on how you set up your website and Rank Math, this option might be disabled for you. If that is the case, you will not see the rest of the settings, and you’ll need to enable Author Archives to see the rest of the settings.

For single author blogs, there is no need to keep author archives enabled as it just leads to duplicate content. If you’re planning to add new authors later, you can keep Author Archives enabled but no-index them to avoid the same content being indexed more than once. We’ll show you how to do it a little later. Note that if you disable the Author Archives, then they will not magically disappear from your website, rather, they will be redirected to the homepage of your website.

author archives enabled or disabled

7.2 Author Base

By default, the author archive pages have the term “/author/” in them. For example, an author archive for a user might be www.mysite.com/author/author1.

This option lets you rename the “author” part to the text of your choice.

configure author base

7.3 Author Robots Meta

This option lets you configure Robots Meta for author archives. You can either choose the default meta that you’ve set for your website, for your author archives too, or choose Custom Meta.

If you choose the Custom option, new settings will appear below it.

Author robots meta custom settings

You can then choose all the Meta Robot tags that you want to apply to your author archives. We would recommend that you at least No Index your author archives to avoid indexing duplicated content. You won’t get penalized for duplicate content, but it will waste your crawl budget.

7.4 Author Advanced Robots

This option lets you configure the Advanced Robots Meta for all your archive pages. You can configure these meta directives to control how the snippets of your author pages should appear on search results.

Author Advanced Robots

7.5 Author Archive Title

This option lets you create a template for author archive pages. You can enter static text, or create a template based on variables. A sample template is already created for you to see.

Author archives title

To see all the available variables, click the drop-down button present on the top right of the text field. Here is an image showcasing all the variables. As you’ll see in the image, you can also type in some words to search through the variables.

author archive title format

7.6 Author Archive Description

This option lets you create a description for the author archive pages. Similar to the Author Archive Title, you can enter static text or create a dynamic text using variables.

author archive description

7.7 Add SEO Controls

This option adds an SEO meta box for user profile pages. What that does is give you an option to optimize your author page’s title, meta description, and social sharing meta on an individual level instead of using default settings for each of them. If you’re running an authority website with multiple authors, then you might find this useful.

Add SEO Controls - Author pages

To see the Meta Box in action, head over to your user profile in WordPress by heading over to Users > Profile.

go to your user profile

Once you’re on your profile page, you’ll have to scroll down until you see the familiar Rank Math Meta Box.

You might see a warning on the Meta Box similar to the one in the image below—which will also disable the Meta Box effectively.

user profile meta box disabled

If that’s the case, go back to the Author Robots Meta and see if you’ve set it up in a way that search engines won’t see or index Author Archives.

make sure author robots meta are indexed

If your Author Robots Meta is set to default, then you might have no-indexed archives or all the pages on your website. Check the other settings to disable those settings first.

After making those changes, don’t forget to save your settings.

save your changes

Then, when you come back to the snippet, you will see that all the options are enabled.

meta box in user profile enabled

The optimization process that you would follow here would be the same as the one you follow while optimizing your posts. Rank Math’s Meta Box guide will help you in that process.

This covers all the settings in the Authors section. Let us discuss the next section.

8 Misc Pages

We’ve already covered Global Pages, Local Pages, Homepage, Social Pages, and even Author Pages. The Misc Pages section contains all the settings for all the other pages in WordPress like the search page, 404 page, and more. Here are all the settings in the Misc Pages section.

all the settings in misc pages

Let us discuss each of the settings one be one.

8.1 Date Archives

Date Archives are pages that WordPress creates, organizing your content by the dates they were published on. For example, website.com/2019/03/ would be a date archive page.

This option lets you enable or disable Date Archives completely from your website. Date Archives are useful only in certain situations, and on most websites, they should be disabled.

date archives enabled or disabled

When you disable Date Archives, they don’t disappear from your website. They are redirected to your homepage instead.

Enabling the Date Archives opens up additional settings below it, which help you configure the date archives.

8.2 Date Archive Title

This option lets you create a title template for the Date Archive pages. You can either enter static text or create a dynamic template using variables. A sample template has been created for a demonstration.

Date archive title

To see the list of all available template variables, click the drop-down arrow on the top right of the field. You can either scroll to see a list of all variables or type in a few characters to filter the list to your desired variables.

Date archive title format

8.3 Date Archive Description

This option lets you set a template for the description of date archive pages. You can either enter static text or create a dynamic template using variables.

date archive description format

8.4 Date Robots Meta

As we mentioned, date archives are useful only in certain specific scenarios. Even if you decide to use them, you will face a duplicate content problem. To avoid that problem, and to keep your crawl budget efficient, we would recommend that you No index your date archives.

recommended settings for date robots meta

8.5 Date Advanced Robots

This option lets you configure the Advanced Robots Meta for your data archives. These Robots Meta allow you to control how the snippet of your date archives should appear on search results.

Date Advanced Robots

8.6 404 Title

This option lets you create a template for the title of the 404 pages. A sample template is created, and the same variables that we’ve demonstrated above are accessible here as well.

404 page title format

8.7 Search Results Title

This option lets you create a title template for the search results page. The same set of variables are available to you, and you can create a static template or a dynamic one. There are also some variables that are only accessible on search pages, like %search_query%—use them if you like.

search results title format

8.8 Noindex Search Results

This option lets you enable or disable the indexing of the search result pages. Search result pages are usually not heavy on content, and they will not be indexed anyway. So, we recommend that you turn this setting on and No index your search results pages.

noindex search results

8.9 Noindex Paginated Pages

WordPress gives you the ability to split large posts and pages into multiple pages. For example, a post with URL yourwebsite.com/special-post can be split into multiple pages with URLs yourwebsite.com/special-post/2 and yourwebsite.com/special-post/3 and so forth.

Enabling this option will No index all the subpages and they will not show up in the search results.

noindex paginated pages

Quick Note: The reason why post splitting became popular was that webmasters thought it provided a better user experience. But, users’ expectations have changed, and more users now expect all the content on the same page. As a result, Google has stopped supporting rel=next/prev for quite some time now. Here is a reference article stating that.

Bottom line, if you’re splitting content into multiple pages, then you should stop, and if there exists content on your website that is split to multiple pages, then it the right time to merge them into a single page.

8.10 Noindex Archive Subpages

We discussed paginated posts and pages above. But, archive pages can be paginated too. This option lets you enable or disable the no-indexing of archive subpages. We recommend that you enable this setting.

noindex archive subpages

8.11 Noindex Password Protected Pages

WordPress supports password protected pages that you can use for a variety of purposes. This option lets you control whether you want password protected pages to be indexed or not. We recommend that you enable this setting to noindex these pages.

noindex password-protected pages

This concludes all the options in the Misc Pages section. Let’s move on to the next section, the Posts section.

9 Posts

The Posts section deals with all the Title and Meta settings that affect your single posts. Again, all the settings inside the Posts section will help you create a default template that all your new posts will use, and you will be able to override each of these settings on a per-post level. Here are all the settings that you would see in the Posts section.

all the settings in the posts section

Let’s look at all the settings one by one.

9.1 Single Post Title

This option lets you create a template for your Single Post Titles. There are many variables that you can use to create a template, and a sample template has been created for you to check out.

single post title

To check out all the available variables you can use, click the dropdown button at the end of the text area. You’ll see that there are plenty of variables available to use. You can also quickly locate any variable by typing out some keywords in the search bar. As you make any changes to the template, you’ll notice that the preview at the bottom of the field changes in real time.

all variables available for single post title

9.2 Single Post Description

This option lets you create a template for the description of your single posts. Similar to the Single Post Title, you have access to a bunch of variables that you can use in the text field.

single post description format

9.3 Schema Type

This option lets you set a default Schema for all your posts. If most of your new posts are about a similar topic, this saves you the hassle of setting a Schema again.

Click the drop-down menu to see the list of available Schema types. You can choose any one of the options, or leave it at none to leave the Schema empty for new posts and set them manually.

schema type for posts

9.4 Headline

This option lets you set up a Headline template for all your posts. You can use all the variables that we showed you in the settings above and create a new template, or use the default one we’ve set up.
Note: Headline and Description will only appear upon selecting a Schema Type.

post headline format

9.5 Description

Here you can set a default description for all your posts. Similar to other settings, you can use variables to create a dynamic template. However, the default description that we’ve created should also work. Please note that most Schema types support the description field, except the Books Schema.

post description format

9.6 Article Type

This setting will only be visible if you select the Article Schema from the Schema Type setting mentioned above. Here, you will have 3 options to choose from.

  • Article
  • Blog Post
  • News Article
select article type

Generally, opinion pieces can be set up as Articles or Blog Posts with the assumption that articles are generally longer and more extensive pieces on a topic. A News Article has to report factual information and not mix opinion with facts. Choose the Article Type that suits your website the best.

Article Type error notice

Regarding the warning notice, the error is pretty self-explanatory, and you will only see it if you’ve set up your blog as a personal website. The reason behind it is that Google does not recommend that you use the Article Schema with the markup of an individual, rather an organization. Even if you’ve set up your blog as an individual, Rank Math will insert the markup of an organization to circumvent the error.

9.7 Autodetect Video PRO

If you enable the Autodetect Video option, Rank Math will automatically detect any video inside your content and generates Video Schema. For Rank Math to automatically generate Video Schema, you must have enabled the Schema module under Rank Math > Dashboard > Modules.

Autodetect video for posts

9.8 Autogenerate Image PRO

This option appears only if you enabled the previous option to Autodetect Video. When you enable Autogenerate Image option, Rank Math automatically generates an image for your autodetected video and includes it in the Video Schema.

Autogenerate image for videos in posts

9.9 Post Robots Meta

This option lets you set the default Robots Meta for all your posts. You can either set it to use the default settings you configured in Global Meta or choose to set custom Robots Meta for your posts.

post robots meta

9.10 Post Robots Meta Custom Settings

If you select the custom option, the entire list of Meta Robots options appears just below the setting. You can then choose the Robots Meta tag and it will be applied by default to all your new posts.

post robots meta detailed options

For posts, we would recommend that you keep all the options unchecked except for Index Robots Meta tag.

9.11 Post Advanced Robots Meta

If you had selected the custom option for Post Robots Meta, you’d also be able to configure the Post Advanced Robots Meta. By configuring these meta directives, you can control how the snippet of your posts should appear in search results. We would recommend you leave these meta directives with the default values.

Post Advanced Robots Meta

This option will let you enable the Link Suggestions feature. The Link Suggestions feature is a pretty unique feature, and if you enable it, Rank Math will provide you link suggestions when you are writing your posts.

link suggestions enabled or disabled - posts meta

Here is how the Link Suggestions feature appears in the Post Editor screen.

link suggestions preview in the post editor

The Link Suggestion Titles field will only be visible if you enable Link Suggestions. This option lets you configure how the link suggestions are fetched by Rank Math. You have 2 options to choose from.

  • Titles: Selecting this option will configure Rank Math to look for link suggestions based on the title of the current post
  • Focus Keywords: Selecting this option will configure Rank Math to look for link suggestions based on the focus keyword of the particular post

Both options work great, and it is more about your writing style that will help you decide how to configure this option. We recommend that you try each of the options out for some time, and then decide which one works for you.

link suggestion titles - posts meta

9.14 Primary Taxonomy

This option lets you select the taxonomy that will be displayed in the breadcrumbs of your posts. Click on the setting to see all the available options and select the one that you prefer.

select primary taxonomy - posts meta

9.15 Add SEO Controls

This option adds SEO Controls (Meta Box) to your posts. Using the SEO Meta Box, you can customize which of Rank Math’s diverse SEO features are enabled for the post, which in turn gives you total control over your SEO efforts. We recommend that you turn ON this setting.

Add SEO Controls - Posts

You can learn more about Rank Math’s Meta Box from its dedicated article.

9.16 Bulk Editing

If you already have a bunch of posts on your website when you first installed Rank Math, then this option will help you optimize them easily.

Enabling this feature introduces a bulk editing feature in your post listing screen, using which you can edit multiple posts in one go. There are 3 options to choose from

  • Disable: Disables the Bulk Editing Feature
  • Enabled: Enables the Bulk Editing feature with read and write options
  • Read Only: Enables the Bulk Editing feature with only read options

We recommend that you enable this setting with both read and write options if you already have a lot of posts to optimize. Otherwise, you can keep it in Read Only mode.

enable bulk editing for posts

When Bulk Editing is enabled, you can notice additional columns are available on your post listing screen such as:

  • SEO Details: Displays the focus keyword, Schema used, and the links count for each post
  • SEO Title: Displays the SEO Title set for the post
  • SEO Description: Displays the SEO Description set for the post

A pencil icon appears at the top of each of these columns only in the Enabled Mode, where you’ve allowed Rank Math to both read and write. When you click the pencil icon, you’ll be able to edit the corresponding data for all the posts in the column. In this way, you can edit the SEO metadata for your old posts in bulk without having to open each post separately.

9.17 Custom Fields

You can add the list of custom fields used in the posts, one per line. Rank Math will look for the data inside these posts and include them for on-page SEO analysis to give you more relevant on-page SEO recommendations.

Add custom fields - posts meta

9.18 Default Thumbnail Watermark PRO

Set the default thumbnail watermark as either Play Icon or a GIF Icon. You can also set it as Off if you do not wish to add a watermark. If you had created any custom watermark under the Global Meta section, then it will also appear here for you to use.

Default Thumbnail Watermark - posts meta

This covers all the options in the Posts section. Let us cover the next section, which is the Pages section.

10 Pages

As the name suggests, the Pages section holds all the Titles and Meta settings related to Pages. Here is an image showing all the settings available in this section.

all settings in the pages section

Let us discuss each of the settings now.

10.1 Single Page Title

This option lets you create a template for your Single Page Titles. There are many variables that you can use to create a template, and a sample template has been created for you to check out.

To see the list of all the variables at your disposal, click the drop-down button on the top right of the text field. You can then scroll through the list of variables, or filter them by typing characters on your keyboard. The preview below the text field updates in real time as you make any changes to the template.

All variables available in single page title

10.2 Single Page Description

This option lets you create a template for the description of your single pages. Similar to the Single Page Titles, you have access to a bunch of variables which you can use in the text field.

single page description

10.3 Schema Type

This option lets you set a default Schema for all your pages. If most of your new pages are about a similar topic, this saves you the hassle of setting a Schema again.

Click the drop-down menu to see the list of available Schema types. You can choose any one of the options or leave it at none to leave the Schema Type empty for new pages and set them manually.

schema type for pages

10.4 Headline

Here you can set a Headline format to be used in the Schema Markup of your pages. As you saw with the other settings, you can use a bunch of variables to create a customized format or use a static one. A default format has been set too, which can also work for most scenarios.

headline format for pages

10.5 Description

In this setting, you will set up a format that will be used as the default description for pages. We’ve already created a sample description, and you can use variables to customize the format, or simply create a static description.

Please note that the description field is not supported for the Book Schema type. So, if you don’t see a description field, it is probably because you’ve selected the Book Schema as the default Schema Type.

description format for pages

10.6 Article Type

As its name suggests, the Article Type setting lets you choose the type of articles you’ll publish on your website. As you might have guessed, this option will only be visible if you select the Article Schema Type.

You will have 3 options to choose from.

article type selection for pages
  • Article
  • Blog Post
  • News Article

The differentiation between an article and a blog post is not very specific, but the general consensus is that shorter opinion pieces should be classified as blog posts, while longer pieces should be called articles. News articles, on the other hand, should only be reporting factual information. Choose the Article Type that fits well with the content you post.

10.7 Autodetect Video PRO

When you enable Autodetect Video option, Rank Math will automatically detect videos from all your pages and generate Video Schema. To allow Rank Math to autogenerate Video Schema you must have enabled the Schema module under Rank Math > Dashboard > Modules.

Autodetect video for pages

10.8 Autogenerate Image PRO

This option appears only if you enable the Autodetect Video. When you enable Autogenerate Image option, Rank Math can automatically generate images for your videos to include them in Video Schema.

Autogenerate image for videos detected in pages

10.9 Page Robots Meta

This option lets you set a default Meta Robots Tag for your pages. You can either set it to use the default settings you’ve configured in the Global Meta section or set it up as a custom setting.

page robots meta options

10.10 Page Robots Meta Custom Settings

If you select the custom option, the entire list of Meta Robots options appears just below the setting. You can then choose your custom Robots Meta directives, which will be applied by default to all your new pages.

page robots meta custom settings

10.11 Page Advanced Robots Meta

This option lets you configure the Advanced Robots Meta for all your pages. Using these meta directives, you can control how the snippet of your pages should appear in search results. A default configuration has been set for your pages, but you can always change them. You can also change these Advanced Robots Meta on a per-page basis inside the Meta Box.

Page Advanced Robots Meta

Rank Math intelligently scans the content on your pages as you write them and suggests internal linking options. With this setting, you can turn that feature ON or OFF.

Since most bloggers should use internal links for better SEO performance, we recommend that you turn this option ON.

link suggestions for pages

The Link Suggestion Titles field will only be visible if you enable Link Suggestions. This option lets you configure how the link suggestions are fetched by Rank Math. You have 2 options to choose from.

  • Titles: Selecting this option will configure Rank Math to look for link suggestions based on the title of the current page
  • Focus Keywords: Selecting this option will configure Rank Math to look for link suggestions based on the focus keyword of the particular page

Both options work great, and it is more about your writing style that will help you decide how to configure this option. We recommend that you try each of the options out for some time, and then decide which one works for you.

link suggestion titles for pages

10.14 Add SEO Controls

This option adds SEO Controls (Meta Box) to your pages. Using the SEO Meta Box, you can customize which of Rank Math’s diverse SEO features are enabled for the page, which in turn gives you total control over your SEO efforts. We recommend that you turn ON this setting. You can learn more about Rank Math’s Meta Box here.

Add SEO Controls - pages

10.15 Bulk Editing

If you already have a bunch of pages on your website when you first installed Rank Math, then this option will help you optimize them easily.

Enabling this feature introduces a bulk editing feature in your page listing screen, using which you can edit multiple pages in one go. There are 3 options to choose from.

  • Disable: Disables the Bulk Editing Feature
  • Enabled: Enables the Bulk Editing feature with read and write options
  • Read Only: Enables the Bulk Editing feature with only read options.

We recommend that you enable this setting with both read and write options if you already have a lot of pages to optimize. Otherwise, you can keep it at Read Only mode.

bulk editing for pages

10.16 Custom Fields

You can add the list of custom fields used on your pages with each one on a new line, so that Rank Math can include the content from these fields for on-page SEO analysis.

Add custom fields - pages meta

10.17 Default Thumbnail Watermark PRO

Set the Default Thumbnail Watermark as either Play Icon or a GIF Icon. You can also set it as Off if you do not wish to add a watermark. If you had created any custom watermark, it will also appear here for your use.

Default Thumbnail Watermark - pages meta

Let us now move on to the next section, the Attachments section.

11 Attachments

The Attachments section contains all the settings that affect the Title and Meta settings of the media and attachments on your website. Here is a preview of all the settings available.

all options in the attachment tab

However, to configure attachment-related meta tags, we need to disable the redirection first. To do this, go ahead to Rank Math > General Settings > Links > Redirect Attachments > OFF and save your changes.

Disable redirect attachments in Links settings

Now let us understand each of the settings in detail.

11.1 Single Media Title

This option lets you create a template that helps you give your media a title. You can enter a static text for the media titles, or use the supported variables to create a dynamic title. A sample title with a few variables is created by default.

single media title template

To see a list of all the supported variables, click the drop-down button on the top right of the text field. You can scroll through the list of variables, or filter them by typing any characters on your keyboard. The preview below the text field updates in real-time so you can see how your created template will affect the title.

all variables available for single media title

11.2 Single Media Description

This option lets you create a template that helps create a description for your media. You can enter a static text for the media description, or use the supported variables to create a dynamic one.

single media description template

11.3 Schema Type

This option lets you select a default Schema to be associated with your media. Click the text field to see a list of all the supported Schema types and select the one that describes your media the closest.

default Schema type for media

11.4 Headline

The Headline option will only appear if you select any Schema from the available options above. Here you can create a dynamic template for your media headlines using the variables we showed above, or a static one.

rich snippet headline for media

11.5 Description

Similar to creating a headline template, here you will create a description template for your media. You have access to the variables to create a dynamic description or create a static one.

Note that the Description field is not supported for the Book Schema. So, if you’re not seeing the Description field, then check if you have the Book Schema Type selected.

rich snippet description for media

11.6 Article Type

As you might have guessed, this option lets you select the article type your media would classify as. For obvious reasons, this field is only visible when you select the Article Schema in the Schema Type options.

article type selection for media

There are 3 options to choose from. The Article and Blog Post type are similar and can be used interchangeably, while the News Article is limited to factual news reporting only.

11.7 Media Robots Meta

This option lets you configure Meta Robots for your media. You can either choose the default Robots Meta to be used which are configured in the Global Meta section, or choose the custom option.

media robots meta

If you choose the custom option, another set of settings will appear below it, which we’ve discussed below.

These options appear when you select the Custom Media Robots option and gives you access to the specific settings for the Robots Meta for your media. Using the checkboxes, select all the directives that you would want to apply to your media.

media robots meta custom settings

11.8 Media Advanced Robots Meta

Along will the option to set custom Robots Meta, an option to configure Advanced Robots Meta also appears. You can change these Robots Meta to control how the snippets of your media pages should appear in search results.

Media advanced robots meta

11.9 Bulk Editing

This option enables the bulk editing for Media metadata and is particularly useful when you have tons of attachments on your website for which you need to optimize your meta for.

bulk editing for media

11.10 Default Thumbnail Watermark PRO

Select the Default Thumbnail Watermark from this setting. You can either set it to Off, Play Icon, GIF or any custom thumbnail you’ve created.

Default Thumbnail Watermark for media

This covers all the settings in the Attachments section. Let us move onto the next section.

12 Forums

The Forums section deals with all Meta and Titles settings related to forums. You will see this section only if you have a forum plugin installed on your website that Rank Math supports. Currently, Rank Math supports bbPress, and support for more forums is in the works.

If you’ve installed bbPress but still don’t see this section, make sure that the bbPress module is enabled. Head over to Rank Math > Dashboard > Modules.

go to rank math dashboard

From the list of modules available here, enable the bbPress module as shown below.

enable bbPress module

If you’ve just enabled the plugin, make sure to refresh the Rank Math’s settings page, and all the forum-related sections should pop right up.

There are 3 sections in the Title and Meta Settings that are related to forums.

all forum related settings in title and meta settings

12.1 Forums, Topics, and Replies

Before getting into the settings, we would like to explain the difference between Forums, Topics, and Replies for better understanding.

Every forum will have some subtopics to discuss. Together with that, forums can also be about multiple things. For example, a gaming forum could have different topics for Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft consoles.

In Rank Math’s context, these topics are called Forums. You can think of each forum as a separate section that includes multiple topics or threads.

The Topic would be about a specific topic or thread inside a forum.

Replies are responses to specific topics.

We’ll discuss each of the sections, starting with the Forums section. Here are all the settings that you should see in the Forums section.

all settings in the forum section

Let us discuss each of the settings.

12.2 Single Forum Title

Here you can create a template that will be used to create the titles for your forum. You have access to plenty of variables to create a useful template of your choice, and a default one is even created for you.

single forum title template

To see all the variables available, click the drop-down button at the end of the text area. You can scroll to see all the variables, or type in a few keywords to filter the variables. Once you add or remove a few variables, the real-time preview will let you see how the template will appear in the actual forum. Please note that not all variables are supported in all areas. For example, the search query variable will only be supported on search pages.

variables available for single forum title

12.3 Single Forum Description

This field lets you create a template for the forums’ descriptions. The same variables that you saw in the Single Forum Title are also available to use here. You can use those variables to define a dynamic template or use a static one.

single forum description

12.4 Forum Archive Title

Here you can create the template that will be used to create the title of the forum archives. A sample template has been already created for you, and you can customize it using the variables we showed you above.

forum archive title template

12.5 Forum Archive Description

In this field, you can create the template that will be used to create the descriptions for your forum archives. It is the same deal as all the other fields, either use the variables to create a template or create a static one.

forum archive description template

12.6 Schema Type

Here you can select the Schema that will be used for the forums. There are plenty of options available, so choose the one that suits the topic of your forum the closest.

Forum Schema Type

12.7 Headline

The Headline field appears only if you have selected a default Schema Type. Here, you can create a template that will be used to create the Headline to be used in Schema Markup. Similar to the other settings, you have access to a ton of variables to create the headline of your choice.

rich snippet headline for forums

12.8 Description

The Description field will also appear only if you select a Schema in the Schema Type field, except for the Books Schema, as Descriptions are not supported for books.

Here, you will create a template that will be used to create Descriptions for your forums to be used in Schema Markup. A sample description should already be created, and you can customize it using variables.

rich snippet description for forums

12.9 Article Type

The Article Type setting appears only when you select the Article Schema from the Schema Type selection above, and it helps to define the type of article the forum post is. You have 3 options to choose from — Article, Blog Post and News Article.

rich snippet description for forums

For forums, you can choose the Article or the Blog Post option. The News Article is specifically targeted for News Articles, and if you do have a news section on your forum, you can select the Article Type manually for those forums.

12.10 Autodetect Video PRO

You can enable this option to allow Rank Math to automatically detect videos inside your forum pages and generate Video Schema. You should also enable the Schema module under Rank Math > Dashboard > Modules to allow Rank Math to generate Video Schema.

Autodetect video on forums

12.11 Autogenerate Image PRO

This option will appear only if you had enabled the previous option. When you enable Autogenerate Image, Rank Math can automatically generate images for your auto-detected videos to include in Video Schema.

Autogenerate image for videos in forums

12.12 Forum Robots Meta

Here you can set the Robots Meta for your forums. You can choose the default setting, which means that forums will inherit your Global Robots Meta settings, or define custom settings for the forums. If you choose custom, then additional settings should appear below.

meta robots for forums

12.13 Forum Robots Meta Custom Settings

This setting shows up if you choose the Custom setting in the Forum Robots Meta option. As you can see, you can pick and choose the Robots Meta you want to apply to your forums. Unless it is a private forum, we would recommend that you keep all of these disabled.

meta robots for forums customized

12.14 Forum Advanced Robots Meta

The option to configure Advanced Robots Meta for your forum will appear only if you had chosen custom settings for Forum Robots Meta. You can choose the values for Advanced Robots Meta directives and control how the snippet of your forum pages should appear on search results.

Forum advanced robots meta

When Link Suggestions is enabled, Rank Math intelligently scans the content of your website and suggests links that you might want to link to from your current post, page, or forum. We absolutely recommend this feature to be enabled for posts and pages, but for forums, it depends. We recommend that you turn it on, and see if you use it often. If you do, keep it enabled, otherwise disable it.

Link suggestions for forums

The Link Suggestion Titles option is visible only when Link Suggestions is enabled. This option lets you choose how Rank Math will primarily search for related content. You can use forum titles or the focus keywords for the forum.

Link suggestion titles for forums

12.17 Thumbnail for Facebook

This option lets you choose a default thumbnail for Facebook sharing. If any of the forums are shared on Facebook, and they do not have a custom thumbnail selected for Facebook, this image will be used instead. Here is how you set one.

Facebook thumbnail for forums

Click the Add or Upload Button to open the WordPress Media Manager. Once it is open, choose the thumbnail image that you’d like to use, or upload it. Once the image is uploaded and selected, click the “Choose this file” button.

Select a thumbnail for Facebook for forums

The image should now show up just below the setting. Here, we’ve selected the Rank Math logo, but you can upload any image that fits your website.

Default thumbnail selected for forums

You can also change the image after it’s set by clicking the “Add or Upload File” button again and choosing a different file.

12.18 Add SEO Controls

Rank Math features a powerful Meta Box that helps you optimize your content for SEO, and you can learn more about it here. This option lets you enable or disable the Meta box for your forums.

Add SEO Controls - Forums

12.19 Bulk Editing

Using Rank Math, you can edit the metadata of your forums in bulk, which can save you a lot of time. This feature might not be useful for a new website, but for websites that have a lot of old content, this feature can be invaluable.

Bulk editing for forums

12.20 Custom Fields

Use the Custom Fields option to add the name of any custom field you use inside your forums. If you’ve multiple custom fields to add, then add one per line and Rank Math will look for the content inside these fields to include them in the on-page SEO analysis.

Add custom fields for forums

12.21 Default Thumbnail Watermark PRO

You can add the Default Thumbnail Watermark that will be applied if no particular watermark is selected.

Default thumbnail watermark for forums

This covers all the Forum related settings. Let us move to the next section.

13 Topics

A Forum is a broad topic that can have multiple Topics under it, and the Topics section deals with the Meta and Titles of exactly those. Here are all the settings that are available in the Topics section.

All settings in the topics section

Let us understand each of the settings.

13.1 Single Topic Title

This setting is used to create a title format for the topics that will be created in the forum.

Single topic title format

A sample title format should be visible to you along with a live preview just below the setting.

To customize the title tag, you can use one of the many variables available. To see all the variables, click the drop-down at the edge of the text area.

You can scroll and see all the variables available, or type in keywords to filter the variables. As you make any changes, the real-time preview will also update, in real-time.

You should know that while there are a lot of variables available to choose from, some variables are supported only for specific pages. For example, the search query variable will only work for search pages. For any variable that has special requirements, a small notice has been added next to it.

Variables available for single topic title

13.2 Single Topic Description

This field lets you create a template for setting the descriptions of topics. Similar to the Single Topic Title discussed above, you can use all sorts of variables to create a template.

Single topic description

13.3 Topic Archive Title

This field lets you create a title template for your topic archives. You have access to all the variables here as well, and a sample format should be already created for you. As you make any changes to the template, the preview below the text area will update in real time.

Topic archive title

13.4 Topic Archive Description

This option lets you create a template for topic archives. You can use the same variables we demonstrated above to create an optimized Topic Archive Description format.

Topic archive description

13.5 Schema Type

Here you can choose the Schema that Rank Math should add to your topics. There are many options to choose from, and you should select the option that suits your Forum Topics the closest.

Schema type for topics

13.6 Headline

The Headline option only appears once you select a Schema from the Schema Type option. Here you can create the headline format that will be used in the Schema Markup for the topic. You have access to all kinds of variables, which you can see using the dropdown, and you can even create a static format if you prefer.

A sample Headline format should already be visible to you, and as you make any changes, the preview below the setting will give you an idea of how the headline will appear, in real time.

Schema headline format for topics

13.7 Description

This option is also only visible when you select a Schema from the Schema Type options, with one exception. If you select the Books Schema, this field will not be visible, as it is not supported.

In this setting, you will create a template that will be used to create a description of the topics. You can choose from the many variables available to create a template, and combine them with static text as well. A live preview is available below the description, and it should update in real-time as you make any changes to the template.

Schema description format for topics

13.8 Article Type

The Article Type setting will be visible only if you select the Article Schema from the Schema Type setting. Here, you have 3 options to choose from—Article, Blog Post, and News Article.

Article and Blog Post are quite similar and should be used for any opinionated content while the News Article should only be used for factual news reporting.

For topics, the Article type or the Blog Post type option should serve better.

Article type for topics

You might have noticed the small notice appearing below the options. That appears because Google does not support the Article Schema when your website is set up as a personal website. If you see this notice, then you might have configured your website as an Individual with Rank Math’s Setup Wizard.

Article Type Schema warning

To stay compliant with Google’s structure data guidelines, Rank Math will automatically substitute the metadata for a personal site to an organization, and hence, you can safely ignore the notice.

13.9 Autodetect Video PRO

Enable this option to allow Rank Math to automatically detect videos inside your topic pages and generate Video Schema. For Rank Math to generate Video Schema, you must also enable the Schema module under Rank Math > Dashboard > Modules.

Autodetect video for topic pages

13.10 Autogenerate Image PRO

The Autogenerate Image setting will appear only if you had enabled the previous option. When you enable Autogenerate Image option, Rank Math can automatically generate images for your autodetected videos and includes them in Video Schema.

Autogenerate image for video detected in topic pages

13.11 Topic Robots Meta

Here you can configure the Robots Meta that will be used for your forum topics. If you leave with the default option, then the Global Robots Meta will be used for the forum topics, and if you choose the custom option, a new set of settings will open up below it, which will let you select the Robots Meta manually.

Topic robots meta

13.12 Topic Robots Meta Custom Settings

This setting will appear only if you select the Custom settings in the Topic Robots Meta setting, and it lets you configure a custom Meta Robots configuration for your topics. As you can see from the image, all the Meta Robot settings will become available to you as checkboxes, and you can select and enable the ones you like.

Topic robots meta custom settings

13.13 Topic Advanced Robots Meta

The Topic Advanced Robots Meta option appears only if you had enabled custom settings for Topic Robots Meta. You can set the meta directives for snippet, video preview and image preview to control how the snippet of your topic pages should appear on search results.

Topic advanced robots meta

Link Suggestions is a feature unique to Rank Math, which helps you take advantage of internal linking opportunities. When enabled, Rank Math will intelligently scan your content and suggest internal links based on the current post.

This feature is quite useful for blogs, but for forums, it depends on how the forum is set up and run. There is no harm in keeping this enabled even if you don’t use it for forums, so we suggest that keep this enabled.

Link suggestions for topics

This setting will be visible only if you enable this Link Suggestions feature.

This option configures how Rank Math looks for internal linking opportunities. There are 2 options to choose from; Titles and Focus Keywords.

If you select the Titles option, then Rank Math will look for internal linking opportunities based on the title of the topic. If the Focus Keywords option is selected, then Rank Math will make the search based on the focus keywords of the topic.

Since most of the content on a forum should be user-generated, and thus no focus keywords will be set, we recommend that you keep this setting configured with Titles.

Link suggestion titles for topics

13.16 Primary Taxonomy

Here you can select the Primary Taxonomy that will be applied to the topics that are created.

Primary taxonomy for topics

13.17 Thumbnail for Facebook

In this option, you will select the default thumbnail that will be used if a topic is shared on Facebook. Topics usually don’t have options to configure custom sharing images, and a user who is creating a topic won’t take time out to create a custom image. That is why it is important to create a default one. Click the “Add or Upload File” button to get started.

Facebook thumbnail for topics

When you click the button, WordPress’s media manager will open up. If the default image is already uploaded to WordPress, select it, or else, upload it. After uploading and selecting the image, click the “Use this File” button.

Select thumbnail image for topics

The image should now be visible just below the setting. If you want to change the image in the future, click the “Add or Upload File” button again and follow the process we just described.

Thumbnail image for topics selected

You can also delete the image by hovering your mouse near the uploaded image and clicking the “X” that appears on the top right of the image.

13.18 Add SEO Controls

This option enables or disables the SEO Meta Box for topics. The SEO Meta Box hosts plenty of options to optimize your posts for SEO, and you can learn more about it here.

Add SEO Controls - Topics

13.19 Bulk Editing

This option lets you configure or disable the bulk editing feature for topics. If you already have a lot of topics on your website when you installed Rank Math, then you should use the bulk editing feature to optimize them together. For new websites, we would recommend that you test it out first and see if you it useful.

Bulk editing for topics

13.20 Custom Fields

If your topics include custom fields to display data on the frontend, then include them here with one per line. Rank Math will include the data from these fields for on-page SEO analysis to offer you more relevant on-page recommendations for your topics.

Add custom fields for analysis in topics

13.21 Default Thumbnail Watermark PRO

You can choose the Default Thumbnail Watermark that will be applied if no particular watermark is selected. The default watermark can be a Play Icon or a GIF Icon. You can set it Off if you do not want to use the setting. If you had created any custom watermark under the Global Meta section, it will also appear here.

Default thumbnail watermark for topics

14 Replies

Replies, in the context of forums, are the individual replies/responses that any topic in the forum will receive.

Since each reply can technically qualify as an individual piece of content, optimizing replies can fetch you a fair amount of traffic.

And that is what the Replies section is for. Here, you will configure all the Titles and Meta settings related to Replies in the forums. Here are all the settings that should be visible in the Replies section.

All settings in replies

Let us discuss each setting in detail.

14.1 Single Reply Title

This setting is used to create the title format for the Replies that will be created in the forum.

Single title reply format

A sample title format should be visible to you along with a live preview just below the setting.

To customize the title tag, you can use one of the many variables available. To see all the variables, click the drop-down at the edge of the text area.

You can scroll and see all the variables available, and also type in keywords to filter the variables. As you make any changes, the real-time preview will also update, in real-time.

You should know that while there are a lot of variables to choose from, some variables are supported only for specific pages. For example, the search query variable will only work for search pages. For any variable that has special requirements, a small notice has been added next to it.

Variables available for single reply title

14.2 Single Reply Description

This field lets you create a template for setting the descriptions of replies. Similar to the Single Reply Title discussed above, you can use all sorts of variables to create a template.

Single reply description format

14.3 Schema Type

Here you can choose the Schema that Rank Math should add to your Replies. There are many options to choose from, and you should select the option that suits your Topic Replies the closest.

Schema type for replies

14.4 Headline

The Headline option appears when you select a Schema from the Schema Type option. Here you can create the headline format that will be used in the Schema Markup for the reply. You have access to all kinds of variables, which you can see using the dropdown, and you can even create a static format if you prefer.

A sample Headline format should already be visible to you, and as you make any changes, the preview below the setting will give you an idea of how the headline will appear, in real time.

Schema headline format for replies

14.5 Description

This option is also only visible when you select a Schema from the Schema Type option, with one exception. If you select the Books Schema, this field will not be visible, as it is not supported.

In this setting, you can create a template that will be used to create a description for the Replies. You can choose from many variables available to create a template, and combines them with static text as well. A live preview is available below the description, and it should update in real-time as you make any changes to the template.

Schema description format for replies

14.6 Article Type

The Article Type setting will be visible only if you select the Article Schema from the Schema Type setting. Here, you have 3 options to choose from—Article, Blog Post, and News Article.

Article and Blog Post are quite similar and should be used for any opinionated content while the News Article should only be used for factual news reporting.

For replies, the Article type or the Blog Post type option should serve better.

Article type for topic replies

You might have noticed the small notice appearing below the options. That appears because Google does not support the Article Schema when your website is set up as a personal website. If you see this notice, then you might have configured your website as an Individual during Rank Math’s Setup Wizard.

Article Type warning notice

To stay compliant with Google’s structured data guidelines, Rank Math will automatically substitute the metadata for a personal site to an organization, and hence, you can safely ignore the notice.

14.7 Autodetect Video PRO

When you enable the Autodetect Video option, Rank Math can automatically detect videos inside your replies and automatically generates Video Schema. To generate the Video Schema, you must also have enabled the Schema module under Rank Math > Dashboard > Modules.

Autodetect video in replies

14.8 Autogenerate Image PRO

The Autogenerate Image setting appears only if you had enabled the previous setting to Autodetect Videos. When you enable the Autogenerate Image option, Rank Math can automatically generate thumbnail images for your videos and includes them in Video Schema.

Autogenerate image for your autodetected videos in Replies

14.9 Reply Robots Meta

Here you can configure the Robots Meta that will be used for your Topic Replies. If you choose the default option, then the Global Robots Meta will be used for the topic replies, and if you choose the custom option, a new set of settings will open up below it, which will let you select configure the Robots Meta manually.

Reply robots meta

14.10 Reply Robots Meta Custom Settings

This setting will appear only if you select the Custom settings in the Reply Robots Meta setting, and it lets you configure a custom Meta Robots configuration for your Replies. As you can see from the image, all the Robots Meta settings become available to you as checkboxes, and you can select to enable the ones you like.

Reply robots meta custom settings

14.11 Reply Advanced Robots Meta

This setting will appear only if you had chosen custom settings for Reply Robots Meta. You can configure the advanced meta directives for all your topic replies and control how the snippets of your topic replies should appear on search results.

Reply Advanced Robots Meta

Link Suggestions is a feature unique to Rank Math, which helps you take advantage of internal linking opportunities. When enabled, Rank Math will intelligently scan your content and suggest internal links based on the current reply.

This feature is quite useful for blogs, but for forums, it depends on how the forum is set up and run. There is no harm in keeping this enabled even if you don’t use it for forums, so we suggest that keep this enabled.

Link suggestions for replies

This setting will be visible only if you enable this Link Suggestions feature.

This option configures how Rank Math looks for internal linking opportunities. There are 2 options to choose from; Titles and Focus Keywords.

If you select the Titles option, then Rank Math will look for internal linking opportunities based on the title of the reply. If the Focus Keywords option is selected, then Rank Math will search based on the focus keywords of the reply.

Since most of the content on a forum should be user-generated, and thus no focus keywords will be set, we recommend that you keep this setting configured on Titles.

Link suggestion titles for replies

14.14 Add SEO Controls

This option enables or disables the SEO Meta Box for replies. The SEO Meta Box hosts plenty of options to optimize your posts for SEO, and you can learn more about it here.

Add SEO Controls - Replies

14.15 Bulk Editing

This option lets you configure or disable the bulk editing feature for replies. If you already have a lot of replies on your website when you installed Rank Math, then you should use the bulk editing feature to optimize them together. For new websites, we would recommend that you test it out first and see if you find it useful.

Bulk editing for replies

14.16 Custom Fields

If your replies include custom fields, then you can add them here one per line. So that Rank Math can include them for on-page SEO analysis.

Add custom fields for SEO analysis in replies

14.17 Default Thumbnail Watermark PRO

You can add the Default Thumbnail Watermark that will be applied if no particular watermark is selected. The default watermark can be a Play Icon or a GIF Icon. You can set it Off if you do not want to use the setting. If you’ve created any custom thumbnail watermark, it will also be listed here for your use.

Default thumbnail watermark for replies

This covers all the Titles & Meta settings related to Replies. Let us move on to the next section.

15 Downloads

The Downloads section deals with all the Meta and Title settings related to Downloads. For obvious reasons, this section will only be visible to you if you’re using Easy Digital Downloads on your website.

Here are all the settings that you will see in the Downloads section.

Titles & Meta settings available at Downloads

Let us discuss each setting available here in detail.

15.1 Single Download Title

The Single Download Title setting lets you create a template that will be used to create the title of your downloads. You can use template variables to create a dynamic title or create a static one, or a mix of both.

To see all the variables, click the drop-down at the edge of the text area. You can scroll down and see all the variables available, and also type in keywords to filter the variables. As you make any changes, the real-time preview will also update, in real-time.

15.2 Single Download Description

This field lets you create a template for setting the descriptions of your downloads. You can also make use of the variables to create a description format. A sample template should be available for you, and you can use it as well. As you make any changes the preview just below the setting should update in real-time.

Single download description

15.3 Download Archive Title

This option lets you create a template for the titles of your download archives. You can use the same variables we demonstrated above to create an optimized template. The real-time preview below the text area should help you visualize how the final template will turn out.

Download Archive Title

15.4 Download Archive Description

This option lets you create a template for the descriptions of your download archives. You can use the same variables we demonstrated above to create an optimized template.

Download Archive Description

15.5 Schema Type

This option lets you choose a Schema type. Since we’re dealing with products here (downloads in specific), the only 2 options are None or EDD Product. In essence, you can say that this option lets you enable or disable the Product Schema.

Schema Type - Downloads

15.6 Autodetect Video PRO

When you enable the Autodetect Video option, Rank Math can automatically detect videos inside your downloads and generate Video Schema.

Note: Rank Math can generate Video Schema only if you had enabled the Schema module in Rank Math > Dashboard > Modules.

Autodetect video - Downloads

15.7 Autogenerate Image PRO

If you had enabled the previous option to Autodetect Video, you will find the option to Autogenerate Image appears below. When you enable this option, Rank Math automatically generates an image thumbnail from your video to use in Video Schema.

Autogenerate Image

15.8 Download Robots Meta

Here you can set the Robots Meta for your downloads. You can either use the Global defaults by leaving with the default option or choose the Custom option to define custom settings.

15.9 Download Robots Meta Custom Settings

If you select the Custom option in the Downloads Robots Meta setting, additional settings will appear below it, which will let you define the Meta Robots specifically for downloads. As you can see from the image, all the Meta Robot directives are available, and you can simply check the ones you want to enable for your downloads.

Download Robots Meta custom settings

15.10 Download Advanced Robots Meta

If you had selected custom settings for your Download Robots Meta, you’d also be able to configure the Advanced Robots Meta for all your download pages. You can set your own values for Snippet, Video Preview, and Image Preview meta directives. We recommend you to leave with the default configurations if you aren’t aware of the changes this could result in, as they control how the snippets of your download pages would appear in search results.

Link Suggestions is a feature unique to Rank Math, which helps you take advantage of internal linking opportunities. When enabled, Rank Math will intelligently scan your content and suggest internal links based on the current digital download.

Link Suggestions

This setting will be visible only if you enable this Link Suggestions feature.

This option configures how Rank Math looks for internal linking opportunities. There are 2 options to choose from; Titles, and Focus Keywords.

If you select the Titles option, then Rank Math will look for internal linking opportunities based on the title of the download. If the Focus Keywords option is selected, then Rank Math will search based on the focus keywords of the download.

Link Suggestion Titles

15.13 Primary Taxonomy

This option lets you select the Primary Taxonomy for the downloads. Click the drop-down and select the taxonomy most suitable for your downloads.

15.14 Thumbnail for Facebook

This option lets you select the default image for Facebook sharing. When any of your downloads are shared on Facebook, Facebook does not use the download image as the thumbnail. Instead, it looks for a specific image defined by the OpenGraph protocol.

Ideally, you should be configuring the sharing image for each of the downloads; Rank Math does have the functionality to do so. However, if you have a lot of downloads, it can take some time. In the meantime, you can set up a default sharing image.

Click the “Add or Upload File” button to get started.

Thumbnail for Facebook

When you click the button, WordPress’s media manager will open up. If the default image is already uploaded to WordPress, select it, or else, upload it. Remember, the ideal dimensions for the sharing image are 1200 pixels by 630 pixels. After uploading and selecting the image, click the “Use this File” button.

Selecting image from Media Library

15.15 Add SEO Controls

This option enables or disables the SEO Controls (Meta Box) for downloads. The Meta Box hosts many important features that will prove crucial when optimizing your downloads. Therefore, we recommend that you enable the Meta Box.

Add SEO Controls - downloads

15.16 Bulk Editing

This option lets you configure or disable the bulk editing feature for downloads. If you already have a lot of downloads on your website when you installed Rank Math, then you should use the bulk editing feature to optimize them together.

Bulk Editing - Downloads

15.17 Custom Fields

If your downloads use custom fields to display data on the frontend, then you can add these field names here with each one in a new line. Rank Math can include data from these fields during on-page analysis.

Custom Fields - Downloads

15.18 Default Thumbnail Watermark PRO

You can add the Default Thumbnail Watermark that will be applied if no particular watermark is selected. The default watermark can be a Play Icon or a GIF Icon. You can set it Off if you do not want to use the setting. If you’ve created a custom thumbnail under the Global Meta section, then it would appear here and be available for you to use.

Default Thumbnail Watermark

This covers all the settings in the Downloads section. Let us move on to the next section.

16 Products

The Products section deals with all the Meta and Title settings related to Products. For obvious reasons, this section will only be visible to you if you’re using a WordPress plugin that is designed to help sell products. Rank Math currently supports WooCommerce, while support for other plugins will be added in the future.

Here are all the settings that you will see in the Products section.

All settings in the products section

16.1 Single Product Title

This setting lets you create a template that will be used to create the title of your products. You can use template variables to create a dynamic title or create a static one, or a mix of both. While the standard variables give you access to the metadata, WooCommerce based variables give you access to the product data, which can help in creating optimized dynamic titles.

Single product title template format

To see all the variables, click the drop-down at the edge of the text area.

You can scroll and see all the variables available, and also type in keywords to filter the variables. As you make any changes, the real-time preview will also update, in real-time.

Variables available in single product title

You should know that while there are a lot of variables to choose from, some variables are supported only for specific pages. For example, the search query variable will only work for search pages. For any variable that has special requirements, a small notice has been added next to it.

16.2 Single Product Description

This field lets you create a template for setting the descriptions of your products. Similar to the Single Product Title discussed above, you can use all the available variables to create a template. A sample template should be available for you, and you can use it as well.

As you make any changes the preview just below the setting should update in real-time.

Single product description template format

16.3 Product Archive Title

This option lets you create a template for the titles of your product archives. You can use the same variables we demonstrated above to create an optimized template. The real-time preview below the text area should help you visualize how the final template will turn out.

Product archive title template format

16.4 Product Archive Description

This option lets you create a template for the descriptions of your product archives. You can use the same variables we demonstrated above to create an optimized template.

Product archive description template format

16.5 Schema Type

This option lets you choose a Schema type. Since we’re dealing with products here, the only 2 options are None or Product. In essence, you can say that this option lets you enable or disable the Product Schema.

Schema type for product

16.6 Autodetect Video PRO

When you enable the Autodetect Video option, Rank Math can automatically detect videos inside your product pages and generate Video Schema.

Note: Rank Math can generate Video Schema only if you had enabled the Schema module in Rank Math > Dashboard > Modules.

Autodetect video in product pages

16.7 Autogenerate Image PRO

If you had enabled the previous option to Autodetect Video, you will find the option to Autogenerate Image appears below. When you enable this option, Rank Math automatically generates an image thumbnail from your video to use in Video Schema.

Autogenerate image for videos in product pages

16.8 Product Robots Meta

Here you can set the Robots Meta for your products. You can either use the Global defaults by leaving with the default option or choose the Custom option to define custom settings.

Products robots meta

16.9 Product Robots Meta Custom Settings

If you select the Custom option in the Products Robots Meta setting, additional settings will appear below it, which will let you define the Meta Robots specifically for products. As you can see from the image, all the Meta Robot directives are available, and you can simply check the ones you want to enable for your products.

Products robots meta custom settings

16.10 Product Advanced Robots Meta

If you had selected custom settings for your Product Robots Meta, you’d also be able to configure the Advanced Robots Meta for all your product pages. You can set your own values for Snippet, Video Preview, and Image Preview meta directives. We recommend you to leave with the default configurations if you aren’t aware of the changes this could result in, as they control how the snippets of your product pages would appear in search results.

Products advanced robots meta

Link Suggestions is a feature unique to Rank Math, which helps you take advantage of internal linking opportunities. When enabled, Rank Math will intelligently scan your content and suggest internal links based on the current product.

This feature is quite useful for blogs, but for products and eCommerce stores, it depends on how the store is set up and run. As you can probably guess, internal linking is not the primary way users will discover your products, and search, site architecture, up-sells, cross-sells, and related products would be more important. However, there is no harm in keeping this enabled even if you don’t use it, so we suggest that keep this enabled and see if you can find any value in it.

Link suggestions for products

This setting will be visible only if you enable this Link Suggestions feature.

This option configures how Rank Math looks for internal linking opportunities. There are 2 options to choose from; Titles, and Focus Keywords.

If you select the Titles option, then Rank Math will look for internal linking opportunities based on the title of the product. If the Focus Keywords option is selected, then Rank Math will search based on the focus keywords of the product.

How you will configure this option for your products will depend on what kind of products you’re selling and if you’re using the Link Suggestions feature in the first place. If you’ve a variety of products in different categories, then the Focus Keywords option will be more useful—if you’ve set up focus keywords for the products. If you have multiple products in multiple categories, then the Titles option would suit better.

Link suggestion titles for products

16.13 Primary Taxonomy

This option lets you select the Primary Taxonomy for the products. Click the drop-down and select the taxonomy most suitable for your products.

primary taxonomy for products

16.14 Thumbnail for Facebook

This option lets you select the default image for Facebook sharing. When any of your products are shared on Facebook, Facebook does not use the product image as the thumbnail. Instead, it looks for a specific image defined by the OpenGraph protocol.

Ideally, you should be configuring the sharing image for each of the products; Rank Math does have the functionality to do so. However, if you have a lot of products, it can take some time. In the meantime, you can set up a default sharing image.

Click the “Add or Upload File” button to get started.

Thumbnail for Facebook for products

When you click the button, WordPress’s media manager will open up. If the default image is already uploaded to WordPress, select it, or else, upload it. Remember, the ideal dimensions for the sharing image are 1200 pixels by 630 pixels. After uploading and selecting the image, click the “Use this File” button.

Select thumbnail for Facebook for products

The image should now be visible just below the setting. If you want to change the image in the future, click the “Add or Upload File” button again and follow the process we just described. You can also delete the image by hovering your mouse near the uploaded image and clicking the “X” that appears on the top right of the image.

Thumbnail for Facebook for products selected

16.15 Add SEO Controls

This option enables or disables the SEO Meta Box for products. The Meta Box hosts many important features that will prove crucial when optimizing your products. Therefore, we recommend that you enable the Meta Box. To learn more about the Meta Box, you can refer to the dedicated guide we’ve written for it.

Add SEO Controls - Products

16.16 Bulk Editing

This option lets you configure or disable the bulk editing feature for products. If you already have a lot of products on your website when you installed Rank Math, then you should use the bulk editing feature to optimize them together. For new websites, we would recommend that you test it out first and see if you find it useful.

Enable or disable bulk editing for products

16.17 Custom Fields

If your products use custom fields to display data on the frontend, then you can add these field names here with each one in a new line. Rank Math can include data from these fields during on-page analysis.

Add custom fields for analysis in products

16.18 Default Thumbnail Watermark PRO

You can add the Default Thumbnail Watermark that will be applied if no particular watermark is selected. The default watermark can be a Play Icon or a GIF Icon. You can set it Off if you do not want to use the setting. If you’ve created a custom thumbnail under the Global Meta section, then it would appear here and available for you to use.

Default thumbnail watermark for products

This covers all the settings in the Products section. Let us move on to the next section.

17 RM Locations PRO

RM Locations section contains all the Titles & Meta settings related to your business or organization’s location pages. This section will be available only if you had set your website as an Organization in the Rank Math Setup Wizard and enabled the Use Multiple Locations option under Rank Math > Titles & Meta > Local SEO.

Here are all the options available under the RM Locations section.

All settings available under RM Locations tab

Now let us understand each setting in detail.

17.1 Single RM Locations Title PRO

This option lets you create a template that helps you give your location page a title. You can enter a static text for the locations, or use the supported variables to create a dynamic title. A sample title with a few variables is created by default.

Single RM Locations title

To see a list of all the supported variables, click the drop-down button on the top right of the text field. You can scroll through the list of variables, or filter them by typing any characters on your keyboard. The preview below the text field updates in real-time so you can see how your created template will affect the title.

17.2 Single RM Locations Description PRO

This option lets you create a template that helps create a description for your location page. You can enter a static text, or use the supported variables to create a dynamic description for your location pages.

Single RM Locations description

17.3 RM Locations Archive Title PRO

This option lets you create a template for the titles of your RM Locations archive pages. You can use the same variables we demonstrated above to create an optimized template. The real-time preview below the text area should help you visualize how the final template will turn out.

RM Locations archive title

17.4 RM Locations Archive Description PRO

This option lets you create a template for the descriptions of your RM Locations archive pages. You can use the same variables we demonstrated above to create an optimized template.

RM Locations archive description

17.5 Schema Type PRO

This option lets you select a default Schema to be associated with your location pages. Click the text field to see a list of all the supported Schema types and select the one that describes your location page the closest.

Schema type for RM Locations

17.6 Headline PRO

The Headline option will only appear if you select any Schema from the available options above. Here you will create a dynamic template for the headlines of your location pages using the variables we showed above, or use a static one.

Rich snippet headline for RM Locations

17.7 Description PRO

Similar to creating a headline template, here you will create a description template for your location pages. You have access to the variables to create a dynamic description or create a static one.

Note that the Description field is not supported if you had chosen Book Schema.

Rich snippet description for RM Locations

17.8 Article Type PRO

As you might have guessed, this option lets you select the article type you would classify your location page as. For obvious reasons, this field is only visible when you select the Article Schema in the Schema Type option.

Article type for RM Locations

There are 3 options to choose from — Article, Blog Post and News Article.

The Article and Blog Post type are similar and can be used interchangeably, while the News Article is limited to factual news reporting only.

17.9 Autodetect Video PRO

You can enable this option to allow Rank Math to automatically detect videos inside your location pages and generate Video Schema. To allow Rank Math to generate Video Schema you must also enable the Schema module under Rank Math > Dashboard > Modules.

Autodetect videos for location pages

17.10 Autogenerate Image PRO

This option will appear only if you had enabled the previous option. When you enable Autogenerate Image, Rank Math can automatically generate images for your auto-detected videos inside location pages and includes them in Video Schema.

Autogenerate image for videos in RM Locations

17.11 RM Locations Robots Meta PRO

Here you can set the Robots Meta for your location pages. You can leave with the default setting, which means that your location pages will inherit your Global Robots Meta settings, or you can define your custom settings for the location pages. If you choose custom, then additional settings should appear below.

RM Locations robots meta

17.12 RM Locations Robots Meta Custom Settings PRO

This setting will show up only if you had chosen the Custom setting in the RM Locations Robots Meta option. As you can see, you can pick and choose the Robots Meta you want to apply to your location pages.

RM Locations robots meta custom settings

17.13 RM Locations Advanced Robots Meta PRO

The option to configure Advanced Robots Meta for your location pages will appear only if you had chosen custom settings for RM Locations Robots Meta. You can choose the values for Advanced Robots Meta directives to control how the snippet of your location pages should appear on search results.

RM Locations advanced robots meta

When Link Suggestions is enabled, Rank Math intelligently scans the content of your website and suggests links that you might want to link to from your current location page. We absolutely recommend this feature to be enabled to see if you use it often. If you do, keep it enabled, otherwise disable it.

Link suggestions for RM Locations

The Link Suggestion Titles option is visible only when Link Suggestions is enabled. This option lets you choose how Rank Math will primarily search for related content. You can use the titles or focus keywords of your location pages.

Link suggestion titles for RM Locations

17.16 Primary Taxonomy PRO

This option lets you select the taxonomy that will be displayed in the breadcrumbs of your locatiion pages. Click on the setting to see all the available options and select the one that you prefer. RM Locations, by default uses the RM Locations categories taxonomy and you can choose it here.

Primary taxonomy for RM Locations

17.17 Thumbnail for Facebook PRO

Here you can choose the default thumbnail image that will be used when your location pages are shared on Facebook, Twitter, or other social networks. The recommended resolution is 1200 by 630 pixels or above. Click the “Add or Upload File” button to get started.

Thumbnail for Facebook - RM Locations

When you click the button, WordPress’s media manager will open up. If the default image is already uploaded to WordPress, select it, or else, upload it. After uploading and selecting the image, click the “Use this File” button.

Select thumbnail for Facebook

The image should now be visible just below the setting. If you want to change the image in the future, click the “Add or Upload File” button again and follow the process we just described. You can also delete the image by hovering your mouse near the uploaded image and clicking the “X” that appears on the top right of the image.

Thumbnail for Facebook selected

17.18 Add SEO Controls PRO

This option lets you enable or disable the SEO Controls for your location pages. The SEO Meta Box hosts plenty of options to optimize for SEO and allows you to add the required Local Business Schema to your location pages. You can learn more about it here.

Add SEO Controls - RM Locations

17.19 Bulk Editing PRO

This option lets you configure or disable the bulk editing feature for your location pages. If you have a number of location pages for your business, then you should use the bulk editing feature to optimize them together. For new websites with a limited number of pages, we would recommend that you test it out first and see if you find it useful.

Bulk editing in RM Locations

17.20 Custom Fields PRO

If your location pages include custom fields to display data on frontend, then you can add them here one per line. So that Rank Math can include them for on-page SEO analysis.

Add custom fields for SEO analysis in RM Locations

17.21 Default Thumbnail Watermark PRO

You can add the Default Thumbnail Watermark that will be applied if no particular watermark is selected. The default watermark can be a Play Icon or a GIF Icon. You can set it Off if you do not want to use the setting. If you’ve created any custom thumbnail watermark, it will also be listed here to use.

Default thumbnail watermark for RM Locations

This covers all the Titles & Meta settings for location pages. Let us move on to the next section.

18 Categories

The Categories section affects the meta titles and descriptions of your categories. Here is an image showing all the options in the Categories section.

All options in the categories tab

Let us understand the impact of each of the settings in detail.

18.1 Category Archive Titles

This option lets you create a template for creating meta descriptions for category archive pages. You can create a static template or create a dynamic one using variables.

Category archive titles template format

To see all the variables you have access to, click the drop-down button on the top right of the text field. A drop-down menu will appear, which will contain all the variables. You can scroll to see all the variables, or filter them by typing any characters on your keyboard.

Variables available in the category archives titles

18.2 Category Archive Descriptions

This option lets you create a template for creating meta descriptions for category archive pages. You can create a static template or create a dynamic one using variables.

Category archive description template format

18.3 Category Archives Robots Meta

This option lets you customize the Robots Meta for category archive pages. You can either leave them at the default settings to use the Global Robots Meta you’ve set, or you can set them to custom.

Category archives robots meta

18.4 Category Archives Robots Meta Custom Settings

If you choose the custom option, another set of options will appear below it which will allow you to pick specific Robots Meta tags.

Category archives robots meta custom settings

18.5 Category Archives Advanced Robots Meta

If you chose the custom settings in Category Archives Robots Meta, another set of options to configure the Advanced Robots Meta would also appear. You can configure the meta directives to control how the snippets of your category archives appear on search results.

Category archives advanced robots meta

18.6 Add SEO Controls

This option adds an SEO Meta box on the page editor screen of category archives. Using the Meta box, you can customize the SEO settings for the different categories.

Add SEO Controls - categories

18.7 Remove Snippet Data

This option lets you keep or remove Schema related data from your category pages. If you’ve set your category pages to no-index then you can remove the Schema data from your category pages as well, as they are not going to be indexed anyway.

Remove snippet data from category archives

18.8 Default Thumbnail Watermark PRO

You can select the default watermark to be a Play Icon or a GIF Icon. You can set it Off if you do not want to use the setting. If you’ve created any custom watermark, it will also appear here for you to use.

Default thumbnail watermark for category archives

This covers all the settings in the Categories section, let’s check out the next section — Tags.

19 Tags

This section contains all the Titles and Meta settings related to your tag archives. Here are all the settings available in the tags section.

All settings in the tags tab

19.1 Tag Archive Titles

This option lets you create a template for creating titles for tag archive pages. You can create a static template or create a dynamic one using variables. A sample template has been created for reference.

Tag archive titles template format

To see all the variables you have access to, click the drop-down button on the top right of the text field. A drop-down menu will appear, which contains all the variables. You can scroll to see all the variables, or filter them by typing any characters on your keyboard. As you make any changes to the template, the preview below the text area will update in real-time, showing you how the title will look like.

Variables available in tag archives titles

19.2 Tag Archive Descriptions

This option lets you create a template for creating meta descriptions for tag archive pages. You can create a static template or create a dynamic one using variables.

Tag archive descriptions template format

19.3 Tag Archives Robots Meta

This option lets you customize the Robots Meta for your tag archive pages. You can either leave them at the default settings to use the Global Robots Meta or set them to custom settings.

Tag archives robots meta

19.4 Tag Archives Robots Meta Custom Settings

If you choose the custom option, another set of options will appear below it which will allow you to pick the Meta Robots tags specifically.

Tag archive robots meta custom settings

19.5 Tag Archives Advanced Robots Meta

If you had chosen the custom option for Tag Archives Robots Meta you’ll also find another set of options to configure the Advanced Robots Meta for your Tag archive pages. You can configure these meta directives to control how the snippet of your tag archives appears on search results.

Tag archives advanced robots meta

19.6 Add SEO Controls

This option adds an SEO Meta box on the tags page editor screen. Using the Meta box, you can customize the SEO settings for the different tags.

Add SEO Controls - Tags

19.7 Remove Snippet Data

This option lets you keep or delete Schema data from your tag archive pages. Since most websites will no-index tag archives, this option becomes less important.

Remove snippet data from tag archives

19.8 Default Thumbnail Watermark PRO

You can select the default watermark to be a Play Icon, GIF Icon, or any custom watermarks created. You can set it Off if you do not want to use the setting.

Default thumbnail watermark for tag archives

This covers all the settings in the Tags section. Let us move on to the Topic Tags section.

20 Topic Tags

The Topic Tags section lets you define the Titles and the Meta settings of the topic tag archives. As you probably guessed, this section is part of the forum related settings that we mentioned when we discussed the Forums, Topics, and Replies settings. Similar to those settings, this section will also be visible only if you’re using a forum plugin on your website.

Here are all the settings that you would see in the Topic Tags section.

All settings in topic tags

Let us discuss each of the settings.

20.1 Topic Tag Archive Titles

This setting lets you create a template for the titles of your topic tag archives.

Topic tag archive title template format

A sample title format should be visible to you along with a live preview just below the setting.

To customize the title template, you can use one of the many variables available. To see all the variables, click the drop-down at the edge of the text area.

You can scroll and see all the variables available, and also type in keywords to filter the variables. As you make any changes, the real-time preview will also update, in real-time.

You should know that while there are a lot of variables to choose from, some variables are supported only for specific pages. For example, the search query variable will only work for search pages. For any variable that has special requirements, a small notice has been added next to it.

Variables available in topic tag archive titles

20.2 Topic Tag Archive Descriptions

This field lets you create a template for setting the descriptions of topic tag archives. Similar to the Topic Tag Archive Titles option discussed above, you can use all sorts of variables to create a template.

topic tag archive description template format

20.3 Topic Tag Archives Robots Meta

Here you can configure the Robots Meta that will be used for your topic tag archives. If you choose the default option, then the Global Robots Meta will be used for the topic tag archive pages, and if you choose the custom option, a new set of settings will open up below it, which will let you select configure the Robots Meta manually.

Topic tag archives robots meta

20.4 Topic Tag Archives Robots Meta Custom Settings

As you can see from the image, all the Meta Robots settings become available to you as checkboxes, and you can select and enable the ones you like.

Topic tag archives robots meta custom settings

20.5 Topic Tag Archives Advanced Robots Meta

If you had set the custom option for Robots Meta, then you’ll also find another set of Advanced Robots Meta to configure for your topic tag archive pages. Here you can set the value for Snippet, Video Preview, and Image Preview meta directives.

Topic tag archives advanced robots meta

20.6 Add SEO Controls

This option lets you enable or disable the SEO Meta Box for topic tag archives. The SEO Meta Box hosts plenty of options to optimize your topic tags for SEO, and you can learn more about it here.

Add SEO Controls - topic tags

20.7 Remove Snippet Data

This option lets you keep or remove Schema data from your topic tag archives. If you decide to no-index your topic tag archives, then you can decide to remove the Schema data as well.

Remove snippet data from topic tags

20.8 Default Thumbnail Watermark PRO

You can select the default watermark to be a Play Icon, GIF Icon, or any custom watermarks you’ve created. You can set it Off if you do not want to use the setting.

Default thumbnail watermark for topic tags

21 Download Categories

The Download Categories section lets you define the Titles and the Meta settings of the download categories archives. You’ll notice this section only if Easy Digital Downloads is installed on your website.

Here are all the settings that you would see in the Download Categories section.

Download categories Titles & Meta settings

Let us discuss each of the settings available in this section.

21.1 Download Category Archive Titles

This option lets you create a template for the titles of your download category archive pages. You can create a static template or create a dynamic one using variables. A sample template has been created for reference, which you can use as well.

Download category archive titles

To see all the variables you have access to, click the drop-down button on the top right of the text field. A drop-down menu will appear, which will contain all the variables. You can scroll to see all the variables, or filter them by typing any characters on your keyboard. As you make any changes to the template, the preview below the text area should update in real-time.

21.2 Download Category Archive Descriptions

This option lets you create a template for creating meta descriptions for download categories archive pages. Similar to the Download Category Archive Titles, you can create a static template or create a dynamic one using variables.

Download category Archive Descriptions

21.3 Download Category Archives Robots Meta

This option lets you customize the Robots Meta for download category archive pages. You can either leave them at the default settings to use the Global Robots Meta or set them to custom settings.

Download Category Archives Robots Meta

21.4 Download Category Archives Robots Meta Custom Settings

If you choose the custom option for Robots Meta, another set of options will appear below it which will allow you to pick the Meta Robots tags specifically.

Download category archives robots meta custom settings

21.5 Download Category Archives Advanced Robots Meta

Once you choose the custom option in Robots Meta, you’ll also find another set of Advanced Robots Meta to configure. You can either leave with the default setting or configure your own set of values to control how snippets of your download category archive pages appear on search results.

Download category archives advanced robots meta

21.6 Add SEO Controls

This option lets you add SEO Controls on the download categories editor window. Whether you should use this option or not will depend on how you’ve configured Easy Digital Downloads on your website.

Add SEO Controls - download categories

21.7 Remove Snippet Data

This option lets you keep or remove the structured data from your download category archive pages. Again enabling or disabling this option depends upon how you’ve configured EDD and what pages you want to appear on search results. If you’ve set the download category archive pages to no-index, then you can prefer to remove your Schema data as well.

Remove Snippet Data - download categories

21.8 Default Thumbnail Watermark PRO

You can select the default watermark to be a Play Icon, GIF Icon, or any custom watermarks you’ve created. You can set it Off if you do not want to use the setting.

Default thumbnail watermark - download categories

This covers all the settings available in the Download Categories section. Let us move on to the next section.

22 Download Tags

If you’re using Easy Digital Downloads on your website, you’ll find the Download Tags section available here. This section would let you configure Titles Meta settings for the download tag archives.

Here are all the settings that you would see in the Download Tags section.

Download Tag Titles & Meta settings

22.1 Download Tag Archive Titles

This option lets you create a template for the titles of your download tag archive pages. You can create a static template or create a dynamic one using variables and a sample template is already available for your reference.

Download Tag Archive Titles

To see all the variables you have access to, click the drop-down button on the top right of the text field. A drop-down menu will appear, which will contain all the variables. You can scroll to see all the variables, or filter them by typing any characters on your keyboard. As you make any changes to the template, the preview below the text area should update in real-time.

22.2 Download Tag Archive Descriptions

The option Download Tag Archive Descriptions lets you create a template for meta descriptions of download tags archive pages. You can also make use of the available variables to create a dynamic description.

Download Tag Archive Descriptions

22.3 Download Tag Archives Robots Meta

This option lets you customize the Robots Meta for download tag archive pages. You can either leave them at the default settings to use the Global Robots Meta or set them to custom settings.

Download Tag Archives Robots Meta

22.4 Download Tag Archives Robots Meta Custom Settings

If you choose the custom option, another set of options will appear below the Robots Meta settings, which will allow you to pick the Meta Robots tags specifically.

Download tag archives robots meta custom settings

22.5 Download Tag Archives Advanced Robots Meta

If you had chosen the Custom option for the Robots Meta settings, you’ll also find the Advanced Robots Meta settings available to configure.

Download Tag Archives Advanced Robots Meta

22.6 Add SEO Controls

The Add SEO Controls option lets you add the Rank Math SEO Meta Box to the download tag archive pages. Enabling or disabling this option completely depends on how you’ve configured Easy Digital Downloads on your website.

Add SEO controls - download tags

22.7 Remove Snippet Data

If you’ve set the download tag archive pages to no-index, then you may also choose the remove the snippet data. This option will remove the structured data added by Rank Math to the download tag archive pages.

Remove snippet data - download tag

22.8 Default Thumbnail Watermark PRO

You can select the default watermark to be a Play Icon, GIF Icon, or any custom watermarks you’ve created. You can set it Off if you do not want to use the setting.

Default Thumbnail Watermark - download tag

This covers all the settings available in the Download Tags section. Let us move on to the next section — Product Categories.

23 Product Categories

You might wonder that we already covered the Categories section, so why are we covering it again. There is a difference. The section that we covered earlier is meant for WordPress categories, namely posts and pages, and the Product Categories section is specifically for product categories available with WooCommerce.

Similar to the Products section, this section will only be visible and relevant if you’re using WooCommerce on your store. Here are all the settings inside the Product Categories section.

All options in the product categories section

Let us look at all the options in detail.

23.1 Category Archive Titles

This option lets you create a template for the titles of your product category archive pages. You can create a static template or create a dynamic one using variables. A sample template should be available for your reference.

Product category archive titles template format

To see all the variables you have access to, click the drop-down button on the top right of the text field. A drop-down menu will appear, which will contain all the variables. You can scroll to see all the variables, or filter them by typing any characters on your keyboard. As you make any changes, the preview below the setting should update in real-time.

Variables available in product category archive titles

23.2 Category Archive Descriptions

This option lets you create a template for creating meta descriptions for product category archive pages. You can create a static template or create a dynamic one using variables similar to the Category Archive Titles.

Product category archive description template format

23.3 Category Archives Robots Meta

This option lets you customize the Robots Meta for product category archive pages. You can either leave them at the default settings to use the Global Robots Meta or set them to custom settings.

Product category archives robots meta

23.4 Category Archives Robots Meta Custom Settings

If you choose the custom option, another set of options will appear below it which will allow you to pick the Meta Robots tags specifically. The different Robots Meta options will appear as checkboxes, and the selected ones will be applied to the product category archives.

Product category archives robots meta custom settings

23.5 Category Archives Advanced Robots Meta

If you had chosen the custom option for the Robots Meta, you’ll also find a set of options to configure Advanced Robots Meta as shown below. You can either leave with the default setting or set your own values to control how the snippet of your product category archive pages should appear on search results.

Category archives advanced robots meta

23.6 Add SEO Controls

This option lets you enable or disable the SEO Controls (Meta Box) for product categories. How you should configure this option will depend on how your store is set up and what pages you are wanting to rank in the search engines.

Add SEO Controls - product categories

23.7 Remove Snippet Data

This option lets you enable or disable Rich Snippet data from product category archive pages. Again the decision to keep or remove Schema data from your product category archive pages will depend upon how you’ve set up your store.

Remove snippet data - product category

23.8 Default Thumbnail Watermark PRO

You can select the default watermark to be a Play Icon, GIF Icon, or any custom watermarks you’ve created. You can set it Off if you do not want to use the setting.

Default thumbnail watermark for product category archives

This covers all the settings in the Product Categories section, let’s check out the next section, the Product Tags.

24 Product Tags

The section above dealt with product category pages, and this section deals with product tag pages. As expected, this section will also be visible only if you’re using WooCommerce. Here are all the settings in this section.

All settings in the product tags

Let us understand each of the settings.

24.1 Tag Archive Titles

This option lets you create a template for the titles of your product tag archive pages. You can create a static template or create a dynamic one using variables. A sample template has been created for reference, which you can use as well.

Product tag archives titles template format

To see all the variables you have access to, click the drop-down button on the top right of the text field. A drop-down menu will appear, which will contain all the variables. You can scroll to see all the variables, or filter them by typing any characters on your keyboard. As you make any changes to the template, the preview below the text area should update in real time.

Variables available in product tag archive titles

24.2 Tag Archive Descriptions

This option lets you create a template for creating meta descriptions for product tag archive pages. Similar to the Tag Archive Titles, you can create a static template or create a dynamic one using variables.

Product tag archives description template format

24.3 Tag Archives Robots Meta

This option lets you customize the Robots Meta for product tag archive pages. You can either leave them at the default settings to use the Global Robots Meta or set them to custom settings.

Product tag archives robots meta

24.4 Tag Archives Robots Meta Custom Settings

If you choose the custom option, another set of options will appear below it which will allow you to pick the Meta Robots tags specifically.

Product tag archives robots meta custom settings

24.5 Tag Archives Advanced Robots Meta

Once you choose the custom option in Robots Meta, you’ll also find another set of Advanced Robots meta to configure. You can either leave with the default setting or configure your own set of values to control how snippets of your product tag archive pages appear on search results.

Product archives advanced robots meta

24.6 Add SEO Controls

This option lets you add an SEO Controls (Meta box) on the product tags editor window. Whether you should use this option or not will depend on how you’ve structured your website.

Add SEO Controls - product tags

24.7 Remove Snippet Data

This option lets you keep or remove Rich Snippet data from your product tag pages. Again enabling or disabling this option depends upon how you’ve structure your website and what pages you want to appear on search results. If you’ve set the product tag archive pages to no-index, then you can prefer to remove your Schema data as well.

Remove snippet data from product tag archives

24.8 Default Thumbnail Watermark PRO

You can select the default watermark to be a Play Icon, GIF Icon, or any custom watermarks you’ve created. You can set it Off if you do not want to use the setting.

Default thumbnail watermark for product tag archives

This covers all the options available with product tag archives section.

25 RM Locations Categories PRO

The RM Locations Categories section includes all the titles and meta settings for your RM Locations category archives. As you might have guessed, this section is a part of your Local SEO and would be available only if you’ve enabled Use Multiple Locations under Rank Math > Titles & Meta > Local SEO.

Here is an image showing all the options in the RM Locations categories section.

All settings available in RM Locations categories

Let us discuss each option in detail.

25.1 RM Locations Category Archive Titles PRO

This option lets you create a template for the titles of your RM Locations category Archives. A sample template should be already available for you along with a preview below the setting.

RM Locations category archive titles

You can customize the title template with the number of variables available. To see all the variables, click the drop-down at the right corner of the text area.

You can scroll and see all the variables available, or just type in keywords to filter the variables. As you make any changes, the real-time preview will also update, in real-time.

You should know that while there are a lot of variables to choose from, some variables are supported only for specific pages. For any variable that has special requirements, a small notice has been added next to it.

Variables available in RM Locations category archive titles

25.2 RM Locations Category Archive Descriptions PRO

This option lets you create a template for creating meta descriptions for RM Locations category archive pages. You can create a static template or create a dynamic one using variables similar to the RM Locations Category Archive Titles.

RM Locations category archive descriptions

25.3 RM Locations Category Archives Robots Meta PRO

This option lets you customize the Robots Meta for RM Locations category archive pages. You can either leave them with the default settings to use the Global Robots Meta settings or set them to custom settings.

RM Locations category archives robots meta

25.4 RM Locations Category Archives Robots Meta Custom Settings PRO

If you choose to go with custom settings, another set of options will appear below it which will allow you to pick the specific Robots Meta. The different Robots Meta options will appear as checkboxes, and the selected ones will be applied to the RM Locations category archives.

RM locations category archives robots meta custom settings

25.5 RM Locations Category Archives Advanced Robots Meta PRO

If you had chosen custom option for the Robots Meta, you’ll also find a set of options that will let you configure Advanced Robots Meta as shown below. You can either leave with the default setting or set your own values to control how the snippet of your RM Locations category archive pages appear on search results.

RM Locations category archives advanced robots meta

25.6 Add SEO Controls PRO

This option lets you enable or disable the SEO Meta box for RM Locations categories. You can use the Meta Box to customize the SEO options for individual terms under RM Locations categories.

Add SEO Controls - RM Location categories

25.7 Remove Snippet Data PRO

This option lets you enable or disable Snippet data from your RM Locations category archives. If you had set your RM Locations category archives to no-index then you remove the Schema data, as well as they are not going to be indexed in search engines.

Remove snippet data from RM Locations category

25.8 Default Thumbnail Watermark PRO

You can select the default watermark to be a Play Icon or a GIF Icon. You can set it Off if you do not want to use the setting. If you had created any custom watermarks, they will also appear here for you to use.

Default thumbnail watermark for RM Locations category archives

This covers all the settings in the RM Locations categories section, let’s check out the next section, the Groups.

26 Groups

This section includes all the titles and meta settings for the Groups created with BuddyPress. You can see the Groups section only if you’ve BuddyPress installed on your website.

If you’ve BuddyPress installed on your website but unable to see this section, then ensure that you should also enable the BuddyPress module under Rank Math > Dashboard > Modules. Here are all the settings available for you to configure under the BuddyPress Groups section.

Titles and Meta settings in Groups

26.1 Group Title

This option lets you create a template for the titles of your group pages. You can create a static template or create a dynamic one using variables.

Group title

To see all the variables you have access to, click the drop-down button on the top right of the text field. A drop-down menu will appear, which will contain all the variables. You can scroll to see all the variables, or filter them by typing any characters on your keyboard. As you make any changes, the preview below the setting should update in real-time.

All variables available in Group title

26.2 Group Description

This option lets you create a template for creating meta descriptions for group pages. You can create a static template or create a dynamic one using variables similar to the Group Title.

Group description

26.3 Group Robots Meta

This option lets you customize the Robots Meta for Group archive pages. You can either leave them with the default settings to use the Global Robots Meta configurations or set them to custom settings.

Group robots meta

26.4 Group Robots Meta Custom Settings

If you choose the custom option, another set of options will appear below it which will allow you to pick the specific Robots Meta tags. The different Robots Meta options will appear as checkboxes, and the selected ones will be applied to the group archive pages.

Group robots meta custom settings

26.5 Group Advanced Robots Meta

If you had chosen the custom option for the Robots Meta, you’ll also find a set of options to configure Advanced Robots Meta as shown below. You can either leave with the default setting or set your own values to control how the snippet of your group archive pages should appear on search results.

Group advanced robots meta

27 Saving Your Settings

Once you’ve made any changes to the settings that you’d like to keep, you need to save your settings. The settings inside Rank Math don’t get saved automatically, and you have to manually save them for it to take effect.

If you navigate away from the settings area without saving your settings, Rank Math will also warn you of the same.

Notice when you leave the settings area

If you click Leave, then you will reach your destination, but all the changes since your last save will be lost, and there will be no way to bring them back.

This feature is quite useful in the case where you are just checking out the settings and do not want to save the settings. In those situations, just leave the settings area, and your changes will not be saved.

To actually save your settings, click the “Save Changes” button present at the bottom of each of the settings in the Titles and Meta Settings.

Click button to save changes

In a few seconds, the page will refresh, and your settings will be saved. Look for the confirmation message on the top of the screen to confirm.

Settings update confirmation

Important Note: Once you save your changes, all your existing settings are overwritten permanently, and there is no way to revert to the earlier version of settings without a backup. Rank Math does offer a backup and import-export settings option that you should use before making changes to your settings to preserve your existing settings.

28 Resetting Your Settings

There can be many cases where you want to revert to the default settings in Rank Math. Maybe you were just experimenting, or maybe you want to configure Rank Math from scratch.

To cater to these scenarios, Rank Math has a built-in reset function which configures Rank Math back to its default settings. The button to reset your settings is present at the bottom of each setting page. Click it to reset your settings.

Click button to reset changes

Rank Math will warn you before the actual reset takes place. If you’re unsure about this step, we recommend that you first take a backup of your settings.

Confirmation box for resetting settings

If you click “OK”, the page will refresh, and in a few seconds, all the settings will be reset to their defaults. You should also see a confirmation message on the top of the page confirming the reset.

Settings reset confirmation

Important Note: The reset process does not reset the settings of just one of the sections, but all the sections in the SEO Titles and Meta Section. That means every change you’ve made to any of the sections will be lost and will be replaced with the default settings. Proceed with caution, and only if you know what you’re doing. Taking a backup of your existing settings never hurts.

All settings that will be reset

29 Conclusion

That’s it! We’ve covered all the settings in the Titles and Meta section of Rank Math. There were a lot of settings to understand and go through, and we hope that we were able to make the simple for you to understand. If you have any questions or have trouble configuring these settings, please get in touch with the support team by opening up a support ticket. The support staff is available 24x7x365 and will help you out to the best of their abilities.

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