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Old 14th April 2012, 04:32 PM   #1
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Do search engines recognize the difference between H1, H2 and body text? Do keywords written in H1 register higher?

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Old 16th April 2012, 11:47 AM   #2
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Hi,

yes. And no; or at least not as such.

Yes the search engines recognise the difference between the H1, H2 etc.

Does a H1 register higher? This depends exactly what you mean.

Simply having a search term only in an H1 will not mean that it will automatically rank higher than if it only in an H2; there are many more factors at play than that.

The simplest rule to follow is usability and readability for your user.

The H1 should define the content of the page for your user; and most times this will be, or involve, your most desired search term. This is also good practise - but only as relevant.

The H2 should be sub-headings to split the page content into readable chunks for your reader and also describe the content of that section of the page. Once again, it is likely that this will involve you 'main' search term as well as other 'important terms'.

H3 should be sub-sub-headings etc.

Just don't stuff them.
Only have 1 H1 per page.
Only use H2, H3 etc as needed to describe your page content.
DO use your search terms in them if it reads well and is relevant.

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Old 16th April 2012, 03:17 PM   #3
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i only use h1..

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Old 17th April 2012, 05:34 PM   #4
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Do search engines recognize the difference between H1, H2 and body text? Do keywords written in H1 register higher?


I think this one is not true. There are some factors that Google consider to rank up a keyword. It's not just because of it's size and style.


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Old 20th April 2012, 12:10 AM   #5
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The simplest rule to follow is usability and readability for your user.

The H1 should define the content of the page for your user; and most times this will be, or involve, your most desired search term. This is also good practise - but only as relevant.

The H2 should be sub-headings to split the page content into readable chunks for your reader and also describe the content of that section of the page. Once again, it is likely that this will involve you 'main' search term as well as other 'important terms'.

H3 should be sub-sub-headings etc.

Just don't stuff them.
Only have 1 H1 per page.
Only use H2, H3 etc as needed to describe your page content.
DO use your search terms in them if it reads well and is relevant.
Nice description of how to properly use HEAD tags. Basically, think of your page like an outline. The main heading is your H1, the first sub-heading is H2, second is H3, etc.

Google can tell the difference, and as mentioned above, your most important KWs should be in the "highest" heading tags...

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Old 20th April 2012, 04:23 AM   #6
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H1 tag is very important because it defines what your page is about. Having that said, search engines give this tag (and the keywords on it) a generally heavier consideration over other headings. This consequently improves search engine ranking if properly used and in combination with other onsite SEO methods.

H1 tags should also be optimized. To do this, it is a good idea to have your website contain only one H1 tag. This heading should contain the most important keywords and needs to be at the top of the page content to help your readers what your page is all about..

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Old 8th May 2012, 08:44 AM   #7
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Generally search engines seem for the texts in these H1 and H2 when they index your website pages. Your webpage importance is decided based on these texts within the <h1>, <h2> tags.

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I believe your online visibility would depend on how well you manage and used the applicable keywords. As long as you use good keywords consistently, you can improve your ranking.

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I've read somewhere that the H1 heading will be branded as the most important text or keyword, then the H2, and so on.

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Old 15th October 2012, 03:07 PM   #10
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Yes, Search engine recognizes all the H tags. As H1 tags are for headings, it is used only once in the page. H3 tags are for sub-titles. Search engines knows working of all these.

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