RankSense has the ability to make SEO changes using what we call “rules”. For the details on how to set up SEO rules, visit the article “How to create custom SEO changes with RankSense.”
In this article, we will explain how to publish these rules in the RankSense app. If you wish to track the pages’ performance after you apply a certain solution, please see the article, “How to tag SEO changes to gain insights.”
When you visit the Settings tab, you will see a prompt to connect your Google Drive to RankSense. This allows the app to read your rules sheets. You can use a dedicated Google account for this if you prefer, as long as that account has access to your rules sheet.
Import rules file
You will now see the "+ File" button that allows you to add a file.
A window will appear to add the file.
Add the URL to your spreadsheet in the first box. The tags are covered in a later article. If you know that you want to track the changes you are about to publish, please read that article before you proceed.
If you are proceeding without tags, just click the “Import” button. This loads the rules into the software, but they are not live on the site yet.
Publish to staging
The rules that have been loaded into the app, but are not yet published. We recommend publishing to staging first to ensure the rules are working correctly. Staging is selected by default on the right panel.
The red minus sign indicates how many rules were removed (zero in this example), and the green plus sign show how many rules were added. You can click the "Show" beside the number of rules added to see all of the rules you’ve loaded. It will display a panel like this:
Check this list and verify that your rules were recognized correctly. When you’re ready, click “Publish.” You should see a pop-up message that the rules were published successfully. You can also check the log to see that the rules were published by clicking “Show log.” If you need to check rules that were previously published, click “Publishing history” and select the date and time you would like to check.
See our article “How to verify changes on staging” to check that the rules were applied correctly.
Publish to production
You may have noticed that two pink dots have appeared. These indicate rules that have not yet been published to production.
When you are ready to publish the changes live on your site, click on the Production tab. You will see that all of the rules that you published on staging are already loaded here, and listed under “Hide unpublished changes.” If you have imported multiple sheets that you want to publish simultaneously, you can select each one using the checkbox on the left side.
Optionally, you can click “Show” to check the rules that have been loaded, then click Publish. If you would like to publish these rules later, click the three dots to schedule them.
You will get a pop-up message and an email to confirm that the rules were published, and you can check the log if you like.
It is important to verify the changes are live by visiting the site. You may wish to use our Chrome extension as a convenient way to check meta tags, noindex tags, and other SEO parameters.
Making changes to rules
If you need to modify existing rules, add new rules, or remove them, refer to the article “How to update or remove existing rules.” It only takes a few clicks after you have made the changes on the rules sheet.