Heading Tags SEO: Tips for Using H1 to H6 Right Way

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As we know, heading tags are imperative for every web document to structure the content. By using Heading Tags, we differentiate our web page content. Use heading tags for headings only not for making Text Large or Bold.  

Note: At the end of the article I have outlined 2 common heading tags mistakes by bloggers. Don’t miss reading it!

Definition of Heading Tags

Heading Tags are well-defined by W3Schools that:

<h1> to <h6> tags are used to define Heading on a web document.

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“According to W3Schools – <h1> </h1> is the first heading which is critical for any web document and <h6></h6> is the least important heading that holds very less importance in a web document as compared to other heading tags. ”

Defined Heading Tags are:

<h1>some text here</h1>

<h2> some text here </h2>

<h3> some text here </h3>

<h4> some text here </h4>

<h5> some text here </h5>

<h6> some text here </h6>

h1 tag should be main headings which if followed by further h2, h3 and so on. The h1 is usually the boldest one whereas h6 font size is smallest.

Don’t get confuse yourself and stop thinking that Heading Tags as merely formatting for the web pages and Search Engines Heading Tags are for just categorization of content on web page.

Heading Tags come with various attributes to make user-friendly websites but Search Engines use these defined headings solely to index the structure and content of web documents including blog posts.

In other words, you can say that Heading Tags are used to show the web document structure.

Here is what John Muller of Google has to say about using heading tags on your site:

How to use Heading Tags for SEO?

Apart from the web designing point of view, there are a few more things that you should know about Heading Tags.

– Purpose of using Heading Tags

The main purpose of categorizing your content with different headings so that your design become more user-friendly and people will get a notion about your website more easily by just reading the Sub-headings.

Now we know H1 tag is most important tag so whenever you going to use it for your webpage heading just try to make it like that people get an idea about your website just reading your heading. So that h1 tag should be in that way which describes everything about your web page just in one shot.

– Hierarchy

Hierarchy on your web page should be like <h1> comes first which is followed by <h2>, <h2> followed by <h3>, <h3> followed by <h4>, <h4> followed by <h5> and <h5> followed by <h6>.  For better SEO of your web page, one should have to follow the hierarchy in this way.

– Headings Tags with Keywords

Keywords are first and foremost priority of any SEO Expert. In the matter, we first do the research of best keywords according to the web page and then categorize these keywords into focus keyword, primary keyword, secondary keyword and tertiary keyword. Focus Keyword is always one for the web page. It’s better to include your focus keyword into the title, Meta tags, and h1 of the webpage.

– Frequency of Using the Heading Tags especially h1 tag

It is recommended that one should have to use h1 tag per web page because h1 tag should be like a newspaper heading and other content should be structured with subheadings by following the hierarchy of heading tags. Using of subheadings depend on the way your content is structured.

H1 Tag In Latest HTML5

In the previous versions of HTML, only one H1 tag is allowed to designers to use per web document and what people do that time – they just used H1 tag to wrap the business logo on the web page which is important for any business web page and start the main heading of the web page with the H2 tag. But with the help of updated version of Html i.e. HTML5 which allows the designer to have multiple h1 tags on a web page according to the requirements of the web page design.

Ex: Single page websites.

Well, Heading tags are crucial for the proper On page SEO of your blog posts. One mistake which is common among newbie bloggers is excessive use of H2 or H3 tags & at times skipping H2 tags & only using H3 tags.

This kind of practice is not good & might hamper your On-page SEO score. To learn more about On-Page SEO, read this guide.

Do let me know your learning & understanding about Heading tags for SEO. How do you use Heading tags & why?

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49 thoughts on “Heading Tags SEO: Tips for Using H1 to H6 Right Way”

  1. Jume deen khan

    Really, Amazing information dude. I have using one heading in my blog’s post. But after reading this tutorial I learn some better and useful info.
    I will say you thanks again.

  2. Its very helpful tips because I always get confused about using headline tags in the post. Thanks for sharing such good tips.

  3. Girish Patidar

    Thanks, this is useful and i always forgot to follow this sequence, but my concern is in static content website how to follow this sequence, In case of you have only heading and description then how to follow H1,H2,H3,H4,H5 and H6 tag sequence.

  4. jagmeet singh

    Thanks for share this wonderful article bro. Because i was bit confused, how to use Heading tags. But this post clear my doubts. Kept up.

  5. Davinder Bisht

    I never used h4 h5 h6 Tags just h1 h2 and h3 are important tags which mainly peoples use in Blogposts

  6. Thanks for the lovely information of H tag.. first time I came to know that we should use from h1 to h6 ,, I always use H1 and H2 tag can any one guide what are important of using upto H 6 tag.

  7. Hello,
    This is a really good information about heading tags. I have seen many bloggers are doing it wrong. These things are really important for any sites SEO. Thank you so much for this in depth detailed article. Loved it.

  8. Hadharm Hiidee

    Nice and Informative Article from LYSEISMKT. Though I always use the headline tags before but I do miss adding my focus keyword. Thanks for sharing the tip.
    I want to ask can I use the h2 more than once?

  9. Kristen Mark

    Thanks for the lovely information of H tag.. first time I came to know that we should use from h1 to h6 ,, I always use H1 and H2 tag can any one guide what are important of using upto H 6 tag.

  10. Thanks for the in depth information about h tags 🙂 I am still using just h1 tag in my blogposts (I.e the title). I know about its importance but I don’t how to use it when my first and second paragraphs are too long to be considered as heading. :/

    1. Hi DIPTI..For title H1 tag is fine and don’t use H1 tag in body part. I thing you can use 1 or 2 H2 tag in your content and the sentence include with your focus keyword. Yes you can use tag before the paragraph and keep the paragraph sort.

  11. Thanks for this article LYSEISMKT. I have a question that we may use H1 tag for title and then H2 in the article is this a common practice I mean right Seo practice or not ?

  12. before reading this article i have some confusion about using of Heading in posts. but after reading this article now i am clear that how we have to use headings for better SEO…. thnx for posting..

  13. With H6 I don’t think it get to use very often, instead of using H6 why not just use paragraph or Bold to create more attention.

  14. Nayan Kariya

    Before reading this article I randomly use the h1,h2 and h3 tages. Now I will make sure that I will use the proper tag at proper place.

  15. Khushboo Pandit

    Hello,

    Thanks for such kind of good info. I know about the heading tags. But the problem is this, I never heard about hierarchy. So, from this blog, I knew something new.

  16. Vishal Jaiswal

    Nice and Informative Article from LYSEISMKT. Though I always use the headline tags before but I do miss adding my focus keyword. Thanks for sharing the tip.
    I want to ask can I use the h2 more than once?

  17. I usually use from h1 to h4, I rarely use h5-h6. I think one article should have one title and 03 sub-title is good.

  18. Anand Prakash

    Hey Lyseismkt, I have one question for you. I used a seo tool for analyzing my blog and it warned me for using multiple H1 tag. Will my SEO be ruined for using multiple H1 tag? Please Reply

  19. David J Parker

    I read many blog posts but today I came to know how to use H1 to H6 right way. Thanks for sharing

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