Keywords issue exporting from Yoast

  • Hi there,

    I am trying to move from Yoast Premium to Rank Math. However, when I did give this a go, I found the keywords did not move correctly. In Yoast, for keyword phrases, you have to surround them by “. For example, “this is a keyword phrase”. When moving to Rank Math, the keywords did import to every post. However, they imported the apostrophes too, which don’t exist in the content of course. For this reason, every post has a poor ranking.

    Is there a way to get around this? It’s quite important I see the ranking of current posts as I am going through the SEO of the worst ones.

    Kind regards,


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  • Hi Will,

    Thanks a lot for your query and we are so sorry about the trouble this must have caused.

    We are taking a closer look at this.

    We will have an update for you shortly.

    Hi Will,

    We just tested it and the focus keyword import is working fine.

    I tried these two keyword phrases in Yoast and they imported into Rank Math just fine:
    Yoast: export to rank math
    Rank Math: export to rank math

    Yoast: "export to rank math"
    Rank Math: export to rank math

    I do see the quotes in the post view list though. But, when you open the post – you will not see the quotes. So, the tests are run correctly on the non-quotes version of your keyphrase.

    Hope that helps and please do not hesitate to let us know if you need our assistance with anything else.

    Hi there,

    Have you managed to look into this situation yet?

    Kind regards,



    Unfortunately this does not seem to be happening. Upon importing all of the Yoast settings, including keywords, Rank Math shows this:
    keywodr issue

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    Another thing is that I cannot see the SEO score of each post – how do I get Rank math to analyse each post without going into each post (so I can target low scoring posts)?

    Kind regards,



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