Use of heading tags.

Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimization (SEO)' started by jacklavis, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. jacklavis

    jacklavis New Member

    Hi friends,

    I want to know

    what is the use of Heading tags in coding of a site?
     
  2. Just2EZ

    Just2EZ Moderator

    Generally or specifically?
    In general they tell the search engines about the page.
    Each tag has a specific function such as page Title shown at top your browser.
    (This page says "Use of heading tags" if you look at the very top of your browser)

    They are not relied on by search engines as much as the old days.
    Now the engines read the whole content looking for relativity.
    Used to be you could just load the "Keywords" tag and dominate that niche.
    Now it's better to have content that is relevant than worry about tags.
    It's still a good thing to learn to use, just not as important these days.
     
  3. Just2EZ

    Just2EZ Moderator

    Unless you are talking about H1, H2,..H6 tags in the body section.
    The original purpose was to add weight to section headings in a post.
    It is used as a font size by some HTML editors but implies importance.
    H1 being the highest relevance to the overall article, H2 a sub topic, etc.
    H1 should closely match the meta tag "Title".
     
  4. A8ch

    A8ch Gold Member

    Just2EZ: The original purpose was to add weight to section headings in a post.
    It is used as a font size by some HTML editors but implies importance.
    H1 being the highest relevance to the overall article, H2 a sub topic, etc.
    Right!

    I've seen some website designers substitute an image of the H1 tag display, instead of using the actual text in the H1 tag to render the page heading. I wonder if they are aware of the (slight) SEO disadvantage that creates for the page.

    Every little bit helps when it comes to page rank.

    Hermas
     
  5. Just2EZ

    Just2EZ Moderator

    A8ch: substitute an image
    Good point to bring up.
    An image won't hurt IF you use Alt tags with a description.
    The Alt tag in an image does get ranked, and images get ranked.
    So, using an image properly could actually help the ranking.
    Without the Alt tag you would definitely lose ranking.
     
  6. jacklavis

    jacklavis New Member

    Thanks for this information.
     
  7. jamess

    jamess Member

    Maybe in near future but still now H1 tags work pretty well and much better than H2, H3 tags at least.
     

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