Focus Keyphrases not being read correctly

  • Hi,

    I recently installed Rank Math onto our site and I’m impressed, but have encountered a few issues.

    1. If the focus key phrase isn’t exact within the content / meta / title etc then Rank Math doesn’t count the keyphrase.
    e.g:
    Keyphrase: “Keep business cashflow alive”
    Content: If I type “keep your business cashflow alive” or “business cashflow keep alive”
    = RM does not pick up the key phrase unless it is exactly as it appears in the focus keyphrase. This is obviously not common SEO practise, as you even mention this yourself in this article: https://rankmath.com/kb/score-100-in-tests/

    The article states:
    “Focus keywords are the words you want your post to rank for. It can range from a single word, like “coffee”, to a whole phrase, like “play the ukulele”. A good rule of thumb is to omit less important words from your focus phrase like ‘at’, ‘if’, ‘then’, etc.”

    If I omit words such as ‘if’, ‘then’ etc from the focus keyphrase then when I add these words in-text, RM doesn’t read them because the focus keyword gets read exactly how it is typed in.

    2. Sometimes I put my focus keyphrase literally at the very start of the blog post of 800 words and yet the “Focus Keyword doesn’t appear at the beginning of your content.” mark remains red. Again, this is an error which I’m not sure why it’s happening.

    3. The word count in the backend wordpress page editor is different to the word count in the frontend when using the Elementor page builder. See below screenshot links:
    Backend – https://ibb.co/R3K6j7P
    Within Elementor – https://ibb.co/qxKww8F

    As I said, I like your plugin. It’s intuitive and useful and after years of using Yoast, I do prefer Rank Math, but I can’t continue to use it if these simple issues (particularly points 1 & 2) aren’t addressed. I know these plugins are only a tool to assist, but it’s frustrating when you want to quickly whiz through your SEO and keep seeing red everywhere. It makes me have to double-check everything, slowing me down.

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  • Hello,

    Thank you for contacting Rank Math and sorry for any inconvenience that might have been caused due to that.

    1. Unfortunately Rank math currently tests exact keywords. This is a limitation we are working to improve down the line.

    2. Are you using the keyword exactly as it is? If so, please follow this troubleshooting guide: https://rankmath.com/kb/check-plugin-conflicts/ and confirm if it is a conflict with a plugin or the theme you are using by activating and testing with only Rank math and a default theme.

    3.This is expected behavior, the score is different when editing within Elementor since the page builder adds shortcodes to the page and this cannot be analyzed properly as compared to WP post editor.

    Looking forward to helping you. Thank you.​​

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