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H1 Tag as Image effectiveness?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by chumpss, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. chumpss

    chumpss Regular Member

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    Hello, anyone that have experience with using img tag under h1 with an alt attribute?

    I noticed that Apple utilizes it http://www.apple.com/ipad/overview/

    How effective is it compared to a normal H1 tags with keywords in it?
    Anyone get a chance to test this?

    Thanks
     
  2. Conor

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    Since when is Apple a role model in the SEO industry? An H1 tag is just for headings. Sure you can put an image in it, but what logical sense would that make?

    Why not put your whole site in an H1 tag? Caps lock everything too. Google will have to assume you are important then ;)
     
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  3. KeepIt100

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    I think it would not help in SERP as it's not text based and google dont know your keywords
     
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    By putting the H1 tag in the image, your telling them this is very important
    once you have the image fully optimized
    and removed all the codes from it bar your own
    This should work for you.
     
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    Techxan Elite Member

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    The h1 tag is now the second most important SEO component on the page for On page optimization. It is stupid to waste it on an image.

    But you can use a link in it.
     
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    Lol hilarious Tree. Based on your sound reasoning I've determined that images inside h1 tags are horse sh!*
     
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    Companies like Apple and Google don't really have to pay attention to semantics or SEO the way we do..they're BIG dogs, they can bully their way to the top with money :p

    However! When you use an H1 tag, make sure you're using it properly - think of the h1 as an outline heading of an essay outline for class or something. The h1 is the most important heading so it tells the Internet that "hey! I'm important, this is what my page is about"

    A common practice is using an H1 for your site logo...but also using text in the tag as well...and then using CSS to push the text WAY off of the page..a bit of a hack, but it does the trick. And always use an Alt attribute with any image, that's just good semantics. Some people argue one way or the other whether Alt's do anything for SEO - but I'm a stickler for semantics anyway, and by default if you're semantic, then you're also doing good SEO-wise.
     
  9. Kate Willson

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    H1 is one of most important thing in SEO.
     
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    not effective anymore...
     
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    Not use Image in H1 tag. use only title and targeted keywords.
    It is commonly thought that using keyword targeted headings on a web page is good SEO and can help boost ranking in search engines.
     
  12. Conor

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    What people often forget though, is that text can be resized and styled. An H1 tag doesn't have to be a big black bit of text in the middle of your nice shiny website. Sure you can push it off the page, but I'm pretty sure Google can detect such things by now.
     
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    If you want the benefit of relevant text in your H1 tag, but want to display an image or similar in it's place, you can use the following code:

    In your stylesheet

    Code:
    h1 {
    width:{widthofimage}px;
    height:{heightofimage}px;
    position:relative;
    margin:0px;
    overflow:hidden;
    }
    
    h1 span {
    background-image:url({pathtoimage});
    background-repeat:no-repeat;
    position:absolute;
    width:100%;
    height:100%;
    }
    In your html

    Code:
    <h1><span></span>Your H1 text here</h1>
     
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    I agree that the keyword placed using the tag is a valid point as a SEO people, but i am having the doubt that why should they place the image in tag with alternate attribute.When i search for the images to the keyword they are targeted the result showed another website.
     
  15. SEOHULK

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    I wouldn't waste H1 with an image. If you really, really need to, do that with CSS like someone else suggested above.
     
  16. Emp1!

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    There was a post (I can not find it back) on G Webmasters blog related to correct use of H1 with the alt balise. They wrote: it is the same as using H1 text title.

    So, I tried that on a 1500+ word articles, hand crafted, lot of images, lot of useful information.
    The targeted KW was REALLY easy to rank for: with less than 2/3 pages optimized for it in my local Google.

    I am NOWHERE to be found for this keyword. Page indexed, hand crafted T1 web2.0 + SENuke semi-blast for other tiers. That work for medium competition KW (as displayed in UNF/MS), with textual H1, but not for this keyword with image H1.

    So I do not know what to think about IMG H1 yet... Still, first result is very disappointing.

    I will retry this experience very soon.

    Regards
     
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