Heading tags are very important for a web page and for its content structure as well. Proper Use of Heading Tags make a web page SEO optimized and helps in web page content decoration. One advice though never Use heading tags for making Text Bold or Large.
Note: At the end of the article I have mentioned few points as tips about SEO importance of heading tags. Don’t miss to read them!
What is Heading Tag?
Heading tag is an html tag; its definition is given in W3Schools very well. There are 6 types of heading tags from <h1> to <h6> tags .these tags are used to create Heading on a web page.
“According to W3Schools – <h1> </h1> is the first heading tag which is highly important for any web document and <h6></h6> is the least critical heading tag and very less important for web page as compared to other heading tags.”
Syntax of these tags in web page coding is as follows and reflection of these tags as heading is also as represented below.
<h1>some text here</h1>
<h2> some text here </h2>
<h3> some text here </h3>
<h4> some text here </h4>
<h5> some text here </h5>
<h6> some text here </h6>
As we can see, the text of h1 tag reflects as biggest in size while text in h6 tag shows text smallest in size. For good SEO result, h1 tag should always be main heading in web page which if followed by further sub headings h2, h3 and so on.
Don’t get confuse here thinking that Heading Tags are only for formatting and categorization of the web document’s content on web page. Heading Tags are used by Search Engines solely to index the content and structure of web pages including blog posts and articles.
Tips to proper use Heading Tags for SEO
Following are few points, which will describe importance of heading tags and how to proper use them for resulting a SEO optimized web document.
– Purpose of using Heading Tags
Always remember the main purpose yours while using heading tags. The direct purpose always remains to categorize your content with different attractive headings so that your web content is more user-friendly and easily understandable for readers’ .the indirect purpose always is to have good SEO indexing of web page.
Now as you know H1 tag is most important tag so always use this in your webpage heading in such way people get an idea about your website and its content just only reading by heading .most of the time h1 tag should be in top portion of web page bearing the main heading of document.
Hierarchy of heading tags on web page should be as <h1> comes first followed by <h2>, <h3>, <h4> and so on as per the requirement. If you want a better SEO optimization for your web page then you must follow the hierarchy in this way.
– Headings Tags with Keywords
Keywords are most critical thing and first and foremost priority for a webpage’s SEO purpose. So what you need to do is, first research better keywords according to the web page’s content and then after categorization of these keywords find places to put them in web page. Always try to put focused keywords in h1 tag and h2 tag.
– Frequency of Using the Heading Tags especially h1 tag
Too much stuffing of heading tags will simply make your web content look bizarre and will result a disaster in SEO optimization of web page. It is suggested that one h1 tag per web page should be used and other related content should be placed with subheadings under proper hierarchy of heading tags because h1 tag is like a newspaper heading. Other heading tags, used for subheading should also not be stuffed unnecessary. Just as per requirement of content.
-Avoid too much use of heading tags
Now we all know that Heading tags are very important for the SEO optimization of your blog posts but excessive use of these tags could turn result opposite. One common mistake which normally every newbie bloggers makes is extensive use of H2 or H3 tags & no use of these tags at all. This kind of practice is bad & hampers your On-page SEO score. So avoid these kinds of SEO practices and use proper mix up of heading tags in web page.