Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by washington2010, Sep 18, 2011.
What is to long for an h1 tag?
There is no right or wrong answer, worrying about the optimal length of an h1 tag is splitting hairs. Long or short is good, a combination of both throughout your site is probably best.
How long is the average title supposed to be? Google will have asked this question, but it's more of a safeguard rather than "the perfect title will have x words and x characters", to prevent people overspamming their H1 tags. I'd say keep it below 30 words and it'd be more than okay. Include your keywords, make it sound good to the user also, and you're done.
The more you make your websites look like someone who knows nothing about seo made it, the better off you'll be. Trying to squeak out the perfect keyword density in h1 tags or perfect word positioning in your titles is just going to make it all that much easier for you to get penalized for over optimization.
Have phrases for your title that are longer than just the raw keywords. Mix up your H tags so they're not all 100% raw keywords. Write good, useful articles.
95% of your SEO is going to be done off-site. You already know all you need to know about on-page seo, make sure the keywords are in your title and a h1 tag. Write naturally -- if you're worried about keyword density being too low then you're writing poorly. Just as long as the word is in the title, an h tag and a couple times in content that's good enough.
There is no specific character limit.
But my experience in this field says that, since h1 and h2 are more heavily weighed elements of on-page content, they must be chosen carefully and not be unnecessarily too long.
I think 50 characters are enough. You can use 60 if 50 is too short but not more than that.
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