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Is it better to use <b> or <strong>

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by misteryou., Mar 10, 2012.

  1. misteryou.

    misteryou. Power Member

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    hi

    I am looing to know if is it better to use <b> or <strong> in your content

    Is there any measurable difference between them ?
     
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    BassTrackerBoats Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Google gives that more credence and that is why wordpress uses it for you.
     
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    They are both treated the same.
     
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    This is false. Googlewebmaster or matt or whomever I watch said they are both treated the same. I tend to use strong as well because I see that it is highly use.
     
  5. Amsterdammer

    Amsterdammer Power Member

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    To put an end to this, lets copy paste a site that should know what they are talking about. :)

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    Often <strong> renders as <b>, and <em> renders as <i>.
    
    However, there is a difference in the meaning of these tags:
    
    <b> or <i> defines bold or italic text only.
    
    <strong> or <em> means that you want the text to be rendered   in a way that the user understands as "important". Today, all major  browsers render strong as bold and em as italics. However, if a browser  one day wants to  make a text highlighted with the strong feature, it might be cursive for  example and not bold!
     
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    I used strong code only.
     
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    I use <b> personally.
     
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    I have read that <strong> is more effective.
     
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    <b> - Strictly a presentational element.
    If you want text to be bold and not have any real semantic meaning, then wrap it in <b></b>.

    <strong> - Strictly a structure element.
    If you want text to be spoken with strong emphasis using a speech reader, then wrap it in <strong></strong>.
     
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  10. river111

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    just use them in your keywords..
     
  11. cruzino

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    Although you can't follow every detail Matt Cutts says, if he says that they are both treated the same then this is probably a non-issue.
     
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    I nest them for extra emphasis :D
     
  13. misteryou.

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    what a usefull post lol
     
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    They are different:

    <strong> Renders as strong (highlighted) text
    <b> Renders as bold text

    Strong will soon be deprecated as many of the older HTML tags have been. CSS styling should be used instead.


    W3 says:
     
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    They are both treated the same. But personally I use <strong>
     
  16. GuinnessMan

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    Yeah was going to say...W3 has this posted on the page for the <b> and <strong> tags. My money is on anything that comes from W3.

    I guess the question should be expanded really... is the OP asking if it matters in SEO or as a standard of code?
     
  17. seamate

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    I prefer <b>. Its simple and effective
     
  18. misteryou.

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    for the SEO side

    its seems that opinion's people diverge
     
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    strong is the right way to do it. From a usability standpoint, b doesn't convey much meaning. It's algo becoming deprecated, just like the font tag.
     
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