What Are H1 and H2 Tags? Defining and Using Proper Headings

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What Are H1 and H2 Tags? Defining and Using Proper Headings

There was quite a bit of talk on my last post, the rules for blogging, about H1 tags. It really deserves a post in itself. I also got a lot of questions from my earlier post today - Quality over Quality so I am reposting this old but still relevant post.

YouHeading, H1 tag may have heard of these, heck, may have even used them and just have no idea what they actually mean or why you are doing it. Other than making the text larger, which you could do in any html editor, it makes a huge difference on the SEO front.

When you see the term - H1 - or H1 through H6 in a tag, the H refers to "Heading". Just like the heading of your paper in elementary school, this is the subject and, well, HEADING of your blog (or article or post or page, or whatever it is you are writing.) You are essentially pointing out the importance of a sentence, keyword or phrase. Google and other search engines, look for this tag when scanning your page to determine the subject and direction of the content.

Think of it as the basic outline for your content. It's a great idea to repeat your blog title in the content and use the H1 tag at the beginning and end of the sentence. This shows the importance of the title (or subject) to the content. The search engine pulls out the sentence or words between the H1 tag as the whole topic of the content. It then classifies the content as such and your page now becomes more important to the search engines.

Other Heading Tags

The use of the other tags are like bullet points in an outline. H2 tags could be the subheading or targets you want to hit down through the content, just like I have used an H2 tag for the subheading "Other Heading Tags". Then this paragraph discusses those "other" tags. From here if I wanted to emphasize a little less but still be more than just content I would use an H3 tag and so forth. All browsers recognize these tags so it doesn't matter where you are working.

How to Incorporate Heading Tags

Depending on the platform you're using, ActiveRain, WordPress or even a Word Document, you may have the ability to highlight a phrase and click a simple heading 1, 2, 3, etc.. from the edit menu. Other platforms may only allow these tags in code (html) such as ActiveRain. In this case click the HTML at the end of the edit at the top and you will see the code of your post.

Once you are in code mode, find the sentence or phrase you want to add a heading to. At the beginning of the phrase type in this code <h1>  and at the end of your phrase type this code </h1> .The / will close the section so don't forget to add that at the end. This will work with any number heading you want.

Some other tips to using headings

  • Don't have all your headings too close together. Remember, you're laying out your post like an outline so make the headings far enough part with the text in the middle.
  • It helps to have your keywords in the headings when you can.
  • Make sure your keywords are in the post title, the H1 tag, and in any alt tag (picture descriptions) for maximum SEO effect.
  • It doesn't matter if they are capitalized or not
  • Use the H1 tag only once at the top and H2 or beyond farther down

So, do you have to do this H1 business with every blog post ever written? No. But if you want to be found, want to show up on search engines more, we better play by their rules. Blog on!

 Here are some examples of Heading tags on websites:

Fort Stewart Military Relocation

Investing in Land over Stocks

Real Estate with Rob

 

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Rainmaker
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Bruce Hicks
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The only tags I heard about, Tammy was "skin tags" and the H-1 and H-2 and H-3, now thats the name of the three major freeways we have here.  Happy new year!

January 04, 2013 08:39 AM
Rainmaker
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Marte Cliff
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Thanks for the reminder Tammy. I forget to add tags to Active Rain posts.

January 04, 2013 09:36 AM
Rainer
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David Evans
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So confusing to get this straight. Thanks for the refreshernd Happy New New Year! ;)

January 04, 2013 09:40 AM
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Ben Yost - 303-587-4297
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Tammy, you should follow up and write a about the proper way to write a blog post. To actually rank a post.

Using H1; H2 and H3 Bolded Heading Tags.

Also include the best way to use the keyowrd and LSI variations.

I think that would help a lot of people here!

January 04, 2013 09:50 AM
Rainmaker
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Sharon Parisi
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Tammy, this is valuable information! I am bookmarking this page so that I can review all the details!

January 04, 2013 11:44 AM
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905
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Tammy, always honing the blogging skills, so blessings upon you for adding another piece to the pie of Understanding How to Write a Blog. Gosh, maybe I should have made that an H1?

Of course I have bookmarked this!

January 04, 2013 05:14 PM
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Nan Jester
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Headlines are a little like curb appeal on a listing. If you don't like the looks of it, you won't go there.

January 13, 2013 08:31 AM
Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
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Happy Birthday, Tammy....

January 14, 2013 12:46 PM
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
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Happy Birthday and congratulations on being in the ActiveRain Member Spotlight today. 
January 14, 2013 12:56 PM
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Bob Crane
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Hi Tammy, I already commented ealier to this post so I will just take this opportunity today to wish you a very Happy Birthday!

January 14, 2013 05:23 PM
Rainmaker
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Grant Schneider
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Hi Tammy,

I remember the H tags for old static html pages.  I did not realize the importance in blogging with these.  But I have just learned something else and I will put it in practice in my next blog.

January 14, 2013 08:24 PM
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Michele Cadogan
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Bookmarked to reference and share with my associates- Thanks for the info regarding the proper way to use Htags...

January 16, 2013 07:48 AM
Rainmaker
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Nathan Bichler
Keller Williams Realty East Valley

I hope this isn't a bad thing but I don't use H5 or H6, they are just too small

January 22, 2013 09:51 AM
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Tammy, thanks for this.  Good stuff given the seeming limitations of the WYSIWYG format on AR.

January 30, 2013 05:33 PM
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Sheri Sperry
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I will start using the H1 tag at the top of my blog posts.  Thanks

July 10, 2013 09:57 AM
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Barry Kessler
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Thank you Tammy!

I just had a webinar and they linked us to your blog post from your older post.

I will give it a try as soon as I get my Rainmaker Blog Live!

 

Thanks!!!

August 15, 2013 11:19 AM
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Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team
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I'm lost and I need to stay after class.  When can I get a tutor? 

August 15, 2013 08:33 PM
Rainmaker
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Pat & Steve Pribisko
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Tammy, this is very helpful info!

September 05, 2013 07:32 AM
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Jen Bowman
Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL
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Thanks Tammy.  I came searching for info on H1 tags and found your post. 

September 22, 2013 05:06 AM
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Nikitas Kouimanis
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This is a great explanation, I have been blogging for some time now and no one ever explained them to me were I was able to get the meaning or understand H1 and  H2 tags. Thank you

September 29, 2013 03:31 PM
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