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Rank Math ‘Titles and Meta’ Options and Settings

In this knowledge base tutorial, we are going to cover the Tiles and Meta settings in Rank Math. As you probably know, the titles and meta play an important role in how search engines perceive 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”.

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The Titles and Meta options will appear. You’ll see a bunch of options and a lot of tabs. Here is an image showing the variety of options.

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That’s a lot of tabs and a lot of options. But do not be worried, the options are easy to understand.

Let’s start with the first tab on the left, the Global Meta.

Global Meta

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

Global-Meta

Let us understand each of the options quickly.

Robots Meta

The Robots Meta tags help you communicate your indexing preferences to search engines. These tags can be set on a per-post basis, but here you set up the 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.

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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.

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Tooltip Text

  • 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

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.

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Capitalize Titles

Enabling this setting capitalizes the first character of 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.

Capitalize-Titles

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.

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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.

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The image will now be shown alongside the setting.

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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.

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This covers all the settings in the Global Meta tab. Let us move to the next tab, the Local SEO tab.

 

Social Meta

The Social Tab helps you configure Rank Math for all your social media. Here is a glimpse of all the options available in the tab.

Social-Meta

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

Facebook Page URL

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

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Facebook Authorship

Facebook support 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.

Facebook-Authorship

Facebook Admin

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

Facebook-Admin

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.

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Twitter Page URL

Enter your Twitter Page URL here.

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Twitter Profile

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

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Google+ Page URL

Enter the URL of your Google+ Page here.

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LinkedIn Page URL

Enter the URL of your LinkedIn page here.

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Instagram Page URL

Enter your Instagram Page URL here.

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YouTube Page URL

Enter your YouTube Page URL here.

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Pinterest Page URL

Enter your Pinterest Page URL here.

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SoundCloud Page URL

Enter your SoundCloud Page URL here.

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Tumble Page URL

Enter your Tumblr Page URL here.

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MySpace Page URL

Enter your MySpace Page URL here.

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An important thing to note here is that you don’t have to use all of the social settings, but only the ones that you use on a regular basis.

This concludes all the setting in the Social Media tab. Let us move to the next tab, the Homepage.

Homepage

As you guessed it, the Homepage Tab deals with the Titles and Metadata of your homepage. Here is a glimpse of all the settings on the page.

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Let us discuss the individual options in detail.

Homepage Title

This option lets you set a title for the homepage of your website. You can either enter a static title or create a dynamic title using the supported variables.

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A sample title has been set, which will give you an idea of how the variables work. You can also click the drop-down icon to see the list of all variables. You can also find variables by typing in the variable name.

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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.

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To see all the variables, click the drop-down icon in the top right of the text box.

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Homepage Robots Meta

This option lets you set the Robots Meta for your homepage. You can either choose the default meta that you’ve set in Rank Math’s settings or choose custom settings.

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

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

Tooltip Text

  • No Index: Prevents your homepage from being indexed by search engines
  • No Follow: Your homepage gets indexed, but the links on the page are not followed
  • No Archive: Search engines do not display a cached version of your homepage
  • No Image Index: The homepage 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 your homepage

Homepage Title For Facebook

Here you set the title that will be used when your homepage is shared on Facebook, Twitter, or another social network.

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Homepage Description for Facebook

Here you enter the description that will be used when your homepage is shared on Facebook, Twitter, or another social network.

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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.

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This finishes all the settings in the Homepage Tab. Let us move on to the next tab, the Authors Tab.

Authors

The author tab contains all the settings that relate to the author archives. Here is an image showing all the options available.

Authors

Let us understand what each of the options does.

Redirect Author Archives

This option redirects the author archives page to your homepage if disabled. If your blog is a single author blog, then you can disable it. If you’d like to keep the author archives, then you can no-index them instead to avoid duplicate content issues.

Redirect-Author-Archives

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.

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Noindex Author Archives

This option, when enabled, sets the no-index tab for author archives. If you have set the redirection option to OFF, it’s important that you turn this option ON to avoid duplicate content on your website.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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To see the list of all the variables, click the drop-down button on the top right. You can scroll to navigate all the variables and even search for them by typing in keywords.

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Add SEO Meta Box for Users

This option adds an SEO meta box for user profiles pages. We recommend that keep this option at its default value, that is ON.

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This concludes all the settings in the Authors tab. Let us move to the next tab, the Misc Pages tab.

Misc Pages

In the sections above, we covered Global meta, Local Meta, Homepage, Social Pages, and Author Pages. The Misc Pages section deals with the rest of the pages that are present in WordPress. Have a look at all the options available.

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Let us look at each of the options in detail.

Redirect Date Archives

This option lets you redirect your Date Archive pages to your homepage. Turning this option ON or OFF will depend on how your visitors use your website, so we recommend that you disable this setting and use the noindex setting (discussed below) to manage duplicate content on your website.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Search Results Title

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

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

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404 Title

This option lets you create a template for the title of the 404 pages. You can either choose from static text or create a dynamic one using supported variables. A sample title with variables is already created for you to check out.

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To see all the variables available, click the drop-down button on the top right of the text field. You can either search through the variables or search them by typing any characters.

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Nooindex Search Results

Enabling this option no-indexes the search results page. We recommend that you enable this setting to avoid duplicate content issues.

Nooindex-Search-Results

Noindex Archive Subpages

Archive pages are also paginated as regular pages. That means archive pages also create URLs such as website.com/archive/2, website.com/archive/3, and onwards. Enabling this option will set a no-index meta tag to all those subpages.

We recommend that you turn ON this setting.

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Noindex Password Protected Pages

This option no-indexes password protected pages on your website so that search engines do not index them. We recommend turning this option on.

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This concludes all the options in the Misc Type tab. Let’s move on to the next tab, the Posts Tab.

Posts

The Posts tab deals with all the Title and Meta settings that affect your single posts. Here is a look at all the settings available.

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

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.

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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.

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Single Post Description

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

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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.

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Rich Snippet Type

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

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

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Post Robots Meta

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

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

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Tooltip Text

  • No Index: Prevents your posts from being indexed by search engines
  • No Follow: Your posts get indexed, but the links on the posts are not followed
  • No Archive: Search engines will not display a cached version of your posts
  • No Image Index: Your posts will be indexed, but the images on the page will not be indexed
  • No Snippet: Search engines will not display a snippet below the search result for your posts

Rank Math intelligently scans your posts 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

This option lets you choose the default text for the link suggestions that Rank Math gives you. You can either set this option to the post titles or instead set it to the Focus Keywords.

Since this setting will depend completely on your website, we won’t suggest any recommended setting.

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Primary Taxonomy

If you use multiple taxonomies on your website, then this option will save you a bunch of time.

This option lets you set a default taxonomy for your posts. Click the text area see a list of all your available taxonomies, and select the one you prefer.

Primary-Taxonomy

Add SEO Meta Box

This option adds an SEO 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.

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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 at Read-only mode.

Bulk-Editing

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

Pages

We covered the title and other settings for Posts, and this tab deals with the same settings for Pages. Here is a list of all the options available.

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Lets us look at all the settings one by one.

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.

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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.

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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 variables a bunch of variables which you can use in the text field.

Single-Page-Description

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.

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Rich Snippet Type

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

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

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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 configured in previous settings or set it up as a custom setting.

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

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Tooltip Text

  • No Index: Prevents your pages from being indexed by search engines
  • No Follow: Your pages will get indexed, but the links on the pages will not be followed
  • No Archive: Search engines will not display a cached version of your pages in search results
  • 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

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.

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This option lets you choose the default text for the link suggestions that Rank Math gives you. You can either set this option to the page titles or instead set it to the Focus Keywords.

Since this setting will depend completely on your website, we won’t suggest any recommended setting.

Link-Suggestions-Titles

Add SEO Meta Box

This option adds an SEO 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.

Add-SEO-Meta-Box-1

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.

Let us now move on to the next tab, the Media tab.

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Media

The Media tab 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.

Media

Let us understand each of the settings in detail.

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.

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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.

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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 title.

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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.

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Rich Snippet Type

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

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Media Robots Meta

This option lets you configure a Meta Robots for your meta. You can either choose the default Robots Meta to be used which are configured in Rank Math’s settings, or choose the custom option.

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If you select the custom option, a list of Robot Meta options will appear below it. You can configure the robots meta any way you like, or use our recommended settings by following the settings in the image below.

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Tooltip Text

  • No Index: Prevents all media from being indexed by search engines
  • No Follow: Links from media attachments are not followed
  • No Archive: Search engines won’t store and display cached versions of your media
  • No Image Index: Not relevant to media items
  • No Snippet: A snippet will not be displayed if your media is shown in the search results

That covers all the options in the Media tab. Let us move on to the next tab, the Products Tab.

Products

The Products Tab contains all the settings that affect the Titles and Metadata for products. Here is a preview of all the options available.

Products

Before we begin, let us clarify that these settings are only useful when you operate an eCommerce store on your website using WooCommerce. If you don’t, then understanding and setting these up is not necessary. Let us understand how each of the settings affects your online store.

Single Product Title

This option lets you create a template for creating the title of your single product pages. 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-Product-Title

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.

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Single Product Description

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

Single-Product-Description

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.

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Product Archive

This option lets you create a template for creating the title of your product archive page. There are many variables that you can use to create a template, and a sample template has been created for you to check out.

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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.

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Product Archive Description

This option lets you create a template for creating the meta description of your product archive pages. There are many variables that you can use to create a template, and a sample template has been created for you to check out.

Product-Archive-Description

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.

single-archive-description-variables

Rich Snippet Type

This option lets you set a default rich snippet for all your product pages. Since we are dealing with products in this tab, we recommend that you use the default Rich Snippet, which is the Product Rich Snippet.

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Products Robots Meta

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

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

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Tooltip Text

  • No Index: Prevents your product pages from being indexed by search engines
  • No Follow: Your product pages will get indexed, but the links on the page will not be followed
  • No Archive: Search engines will not display a cached version of product pages
  • No Image Index: Your product page will be indexed, but the images on the page will not be indexed
  • No Snippet: Search engines will not display a snippet below the search result for your product pages

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

Since online store owners should use internal links for better SEO performance, we recommend that you turn this option ON.

Link-Suggestions-2

This option lets you choose the default text for the link suggestions that Rank Math gives you. You can either set this option to the product page title or instead set it to the Focus Keywords.

Since this setting will depend completely on your website, we won’t suggest any recommended setting.

Link-Suggestions-Titles-1

Primary Taxonomy

This option lets you define the primary taxonomy that your product pages should be assigned to. There are many options to choose from, which you can check out in the image below.

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Add SEO Meta Box

This option adds an SEO Meta box to your product pages. Using the SEO Meta box, you can customize which of Rank Math’s diverse SEO features are enabled for the product page, which in turn gives you total control over your SEO efforts. We recommend that you turn ON this setting.

Add-SEO-Meta-Box-2

Bulk Editing

If you already have a bunch of products 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 product page listing screen, using which you can edit multiple products 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 product pages to optimize. Otherwise, you can keep it at Read-only mode.

Bulk-Editing-options

This covers all the options in the Products Tab. Let us move to the next tab, the Categories Tab.

Categories

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

Categories

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

Category Archive Titles

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

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.

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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-Descriptions

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.

category-archive-descriptions-variables

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 that were set during Rank Math’s setup or set them to custom settings.

Category-Archives-Robots-Meta

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.

Category-Archives-Robots-Meta-options

Tooltip Text

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

Add SEO Meta Box

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

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

Tags

The Tags Tab affects the Meta Titles and descriptions of the tags and tag archive pages. Here is a look at all the settings.

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Let us cover each of the settings one by one.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Tag Archives Robots Meta

This option lets you customize the robots meta for tag archive pages. You can either leave them at the default settings that were set during Rank Math’s setup or set them to custom settings.

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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.

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  • No Index: Prevents tag archive pages from being indexed by search engines
  • No Follow: Tag archive pages get indexed, but the links on the page are not followed
  • No Archive: Search engines will not store and display a cached version of tag archive pages
  • No Image Index: Tag Archives are indexed, but the images on the page are not indexed
  • No Snippet: Search engines will not display a snippet below the search result for tag archives

Add SEO Meta Box

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

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This covers all the options in the Tags Tab. Let us now check out the next tab, the Product Categories Tab.

Product Categories

You might wonder that we already covered the Categories Tab, but there is a difference. The Categories Tab that we covered earlier dealt with WordPress categories, and the Product Categories tab will deal with Product Categories.

That means that this tab will be relevant and useful to you only if you use WooCommerce to manage an online store. Here is a look at all the options available.

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Let us look at all the options in detail.

Category Archive Titles

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 that were set during Rank Math’s setup or set them to custom settings.

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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.

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  • No Index: Prevents product category pages from being indexed by search engines
  • No Follow: Product Category pages get indexed, but the links on the page are not followed
  • No Archive: Search engines will not store and display a cached version product category pages
  • No Image Index: Product Category pages are indexed, but the images on the page are not indexed
  • No Snippet: Search engines will not display a snippet below the search results for product categories

Add SEO Meta Box

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

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

Product Tags

Similar to the Product Category tags that we discussed above, the Product Tags tab deals with Titles and Meta Descriptions of Product Tags. That means you should use these options only when you use WooCommerce on your website. Here is a preview of all the options available.

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

Tag Archive Titles

This option lets you create a template for creating titles for 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.

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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.

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Tag Archive Descriptions

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

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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.

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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 that were set during Rank Math’s setup or set them to custom settings.

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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.

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Tooltip Text

  • No Index: Prevents product tag archives from being indexed by search engines
  • No Follow: Product Tags will get indexed, but the links on the page will not be followed
  • No Archive: Search engines will not store and display a cached version of product tag archive pages
  • No Image Index: Product tag pages are indexed, but the images on the pages are not indexed
  • No Snippet: Search engines will not display a snippet below the search result for product tag archives

Add SEO Meta Box

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

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Saving Your Settings

Once you’ve made all the changes to the Titles and Meta of the various pages that we discussed, it’s important to save your changes. If you don’t save your changes and accidentally navigate away from the page, then all your changes will be lost. That is why it’s important to save your changes.

To save your changes, click the “Save Changes” button present in the bottom right of the page.

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Once you click the button, you might think that nothing happened. But that is not the case. Rank Math starts working in the background to save your changes.

It might take a few seconds, but the page will refresh, and your settings will be saved. You will also see a setting save confirmation box on the top of the screen.

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Resetting Your Settings

If a situation arises where you have to reset your settings, Rank Math has a built-in feature to do so. Just beside the “Save Changes” button, you will find the “Reset Options” button. Click the button to reset all your settings.

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You will see a confirmation box on the screen. Press “Ok” to confirm and reset your settings.

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The page will refresh, and your settings will be reset.

Conclusion

That 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 troubles in 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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