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How Many (h2) Tags Is Too Many?


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#1 RayWrites

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 12:52 PM

Hi All,
Is there a minimum/maximum/average number of H2 tags that should be used for the average 300-400 word page?
I understand that it's best to use one H1 tag per page, but am a little murky when it comes to the use of H2s and H3s.
I definitely don't want to come off as spammy.
Thanks in advance.
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Posted 11 June 2010 - 01:00 PM

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Is there a minimum/maximum/average number of H2 tags that should be used for the average 300-400 word page?


Nope. You'd use as many as you have subheadings and sub-sub-headings within the content.

It's not an SEO issue, but more of a document structure one if you like to be W3 compliant. So no worries about being spammy since the search engines wouldn't care if you had 100 or none.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 01:08 PM

QUOTE(Jill @ Jun 11 2010, 02:00 PM) View Post
Nope. You'd use as many as you have subheadings and sub-sub-headings within the content.

It's not an SEO issue, but more of a document structure one if you like to be W3 compliant. So no worries about being spammy since the search engines wouldn't care if you had 100 or none.


Thanks Jill!

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 01:54 AM

As Jill mentioned, it is not an SEO issue but it can be an accessibility issue.

If you are trying to make your pages accessible to everyone, even those who require special reader software as used for the blind or disabled, you should only use one h1, one h2, one h3 and so on in order down the page. Developers should not skip levels or use headings for presentation effects.

Good to know if you care about your web pages being accessible to the widest audience but if your only focus is SEO, it won't be an issue.

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 09:49 AM

One H1 definately yes.
One h2 definitely not right:
H1
H2
H3
H3
H2
H2
H2
H3
For example could be perfectly correct if the Document contents required.


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Posted 15 June 2010 - 08:07 AM

QUOTE(Catz @ Jun 13 2010, 01:54 AM) View Post
As Jill mentioned, it is not an SEO issue but it can be an accessibility issue.

If you are trying to make your pages accessible to everyone, even those who require special reader software as used for the blind or disabled, you should only use one h1, one h2, one h3 and so on in order down the page. Developers should not skip levels or use headings for presentation effects.

Good to know if you care about your web pages being accessible to the widest audience but if your only focus is SEO, it won't be an issue.


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Accessibility is so important and often overlooked.




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