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Role of Heading Tags

Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimization' started by seomanualsubmission, Jul 19, 2020.

  1. #1
    I am starting this thread because i see many websites (Specially in WordPress) that in theme H1 tags not available and theme is using H2 on place of H1 ..... and then other heading tags like H3, H4 etc.

    So my question is If we are missing H1 and start to show our keywords with H2 then is it ok? According to me its not but heading tag show search engines our main keywords or keywords phrases. So what if we start to show our keywords from H2 and then for secondary keywords H3, H4 etc.
    SEMrush
    Note : And if we are putting H1 on place of H2 or want to add H1 tags additionally then site design is going bad a bit.

    So what do you think about it ..... Is it ok to go with H2 to show search engines our main keywords?
     
    seomanualsubmission, Jul 19, 2020 IP
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  2. mmerlinn

    mmerlinn Prominent Member

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    #2
    By definition, it is IMPOSSIBLE to have an H2 tag without a PRECEDING H1 tag. Just because Turdpress is too stupid to do it correctly does not mean that we should be lemmings and follow them over the cliff.

    Further, IF the search engines are coded PROPERLY, they should ignore all header tags that are out of order. No clue whether they do or not, but it is not wise to assume they won't ignore such tags.
     
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    kniveswood Well-Known Member

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    Maybe look into changing the theme's CSS such that H1 will look like H2?
     
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  4. Yjonata

    Yjonata Peon

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    You could probably sneak in an H1 on every page that you then hide via css. Or just replace the H2 rule with H1 in css if you modify the tag
     
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  5. sarahk

    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    #5
    "Back in the day" the templates were ok, the problem these days is not WordPress but the designers working with it who try to make their templates do way too much.

    Please don't. You'll be penalised for tricks like that.
     
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    Yjonata Peon

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    #6
    Not necessarily https://css-tricks.com/snippets/css/accessibilityseo-friendly-css-hiding/
     
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  7. seomanualsubmission

    seomanualsubmission Well-Known Member

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    #7
    I agree with @sarahk its issue of designer not of wordpress.

    I think i can see source code and can find easily that which heading tags are there and which are not .... I know also a bit about CSS so its not an issue otherwise i can handle it easily. I am asking about header tags role.

    Honestly i did not get clearly what you want to say .... I think you are saying that i modified CSS class, So want to clear that did not touch CSS file till now. Its default theme and using one of our client. I am thinking to place there H1 tag according to SEO rule and so to clear few points i opened this thread.
     
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    wildogre Well-Known Member

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    Yeah you are right some wordpress theme designers focus so much on front end that they forget about SEO friendliness of the template.
     
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    JEET Notable Member

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    #9
    Why don't you just copy the CSS of h2 in the CSS of h1 also, and then use H1 tags instead of H2?
    There is no reason for H1 to mess the design of a webpage. It will appear the same as H2 is appearing...
     
    JEET, Jul 31, 2020 IP
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  10. seomanualsubmission

    seomanualsubmission Well-Known Member

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    #10
    Yes, i did same.

    Now need to clear one more thing .... If our logo is image and we are using H1 tag with logo and put there alt text then this text will consider as main keyword (As H1 tag role is to show main keyword or keyword phrase) ????

    Need your opinion Thanks
     
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    JEET Notable Member

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    I don't think putting an IMG inside a H1 makes any difference to weight of ALT tags.
    But am not sure about it.
     
    JEET, Jul 31, 2020 IP