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H1 Tags

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by playercool, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. playercool

    playercool Junior Member

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    I should really keep notes while I am searching around BHW.

    I swear I saw someone say that your website title and H1 tag should be the same.

    <title>Napa Valley Wine Tasting</title>

    <h1>Napa Valley Wine Tasting</h1>

    Is this the correct and optimal way to rank on search engines?

    I know I am a noob to the site and I did use the search box before asking this question. I just couldn't locate where I saw this posted.

    Thanks
     
  2. bluematter

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    you would want your main keyword your optimizing for sprinkled throughout your webpage. including h1 and title tags
     
  3. justin16

    justin16 Newbie

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    While it doesn't have to be it is often a good idea as google pays special attention to the H1 tags. Assuming that's your keyword phrase your going to want to leave it how you have it, hopefully you have a relevant domain name, and also sprinkle it throughout the body text however having some alteration of the phrase might be good so that google does not penalize you for keyword stuffing. Also, depending on the website your promoting try to include a few relevant images and perhaps a few youtube videos. This will increase your chances of getting multiple listings on google because of their universal search.
     
  4. jack4ireland

    jack4ireland Junior Member

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    I try to use heading in the same way I would outline a written document:

    h1 - title
    h2 - main point
    p - content
    h3 - sub points/heading
    p - content
     
  5. playercool

    playercool Junior Member

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    Is there a way to make your H1 subject not show up on the page?

    So using the example I used earlier it just randomly puts Napa Valley Wine Tasting on my page up at the top left. It looks silly.
     
  6. ukescuba

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    you can style your H1 tags and assign different font height, color, fonts, etc... do a search on google for css tutorials or cascading style sheet tutorials...

    CSS is very basic and a great way to style your font

    additional get further into CSS coding and you will be able to design your entire website using CSS... its good stuff and extremely search engine friendly as this method you can completely eliminate the need for tables.

    HTH

    Personally i always use title tags and header tags...
     
  7. voodoo9437

    voodoo9437 Newbie

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    Agree with ukescuba - use CSS to format the H1. It can look ridiculous and be too large, so CSS will work.

    Regarding matching the page title to H1, this is good practice.
     
  8. nossie

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    The guru's mostly say keep the description/Title/h1/h2 tags unique. But ofc still use your main keywords in a smart way.
     
  9. maxywaxy

    maxywaxy Registered Member

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    Im using this structure, works very well if you want to seo for specific keywords:

    Code:
    <title>keyword1</title>
    <h1>Keyword1</h1>
    <p>
    <b>keyword1 blablabla</b><br>
    rest of content 
    </p>
     
  10. playercool

    playercool Junior Member

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    Bare with me I have no idea how to do this stuff.

    Here is one of my pages: Please don't go here if you will be offended by bad language and stuff like that. Seriously! You should definitely be 18+ to read what I have written.

    www dot playercool dot com/hotelzaza.html

    So my blog has 120 posts to it. I made unique pages for each post. On the actual front page they all appear there(So the blog itself is one super duper long page). I just now broke them into individual pages based on my assumption that I would show up on the search engines better.

    If I add an H1 tag it looks really weird and appears above the image at the top of the page.

    Another thing I did was add a link at the bottom of the front page for google bot. It goes to this page with every single page of the site listed. Is this what I should do for SEO>?

    www dot playercool dot com/list.html
     
  11. ukescuba

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    fyi also use a good quality meta description tag data too, making it descriptive and enticing to your potential viewer it could increase your click through rate...

    google will use the descriptive tag for your page snippet - the snippets is the text under your page title in the google search results...

    if your promoting services or a business for yourself or a client i also place a call to action in the description, even a phone number works well....

    keep you description tag under 150 characters other wise google just shortens it with ...

    hope that helps :)
     
  12. Matt Cutts

    Matt Cutts Registered Member

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    It is fine to have the title and h1 tags the same. wordpress does this by default and ranks great.