I want to add quotes from artists on my site. I know that I can put these quotes into q or blockquote elements.

Do search engines ignore these quotes? I do not want these quotes to affect my sites rank in a negative way.

Is there an SEO difference between quotes, blockquotes and pullquotes?


Search engines won't ignore or penalise quotations, provided they're accompanied by original content (i.e. the content is not wholly or substantially a duplicate of pre-existing web content).

In fact, proper use of <q> and <blockquote> elements (with <cite> where appropriate) is arguably a good way of indicating to search engines that you're being honest about material you've taken from elsewhere.

There's no SEO difference between <q> and <blockquote>, but they do have slightly different purposes. I'd encourage you to consult the latest version of the HTML specification.

A pull quote is a visual style and not syntactically distinct from <blockquote> in terms of document structure, so there's no special HTML markup for those.

  • thank you for the fast and detailed answer. Very helpful. – Beatdown Aug 16 '17 at 11:43
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    Quote away :). Just make sure you're providing enough unique & valuable context of your own too! – John Mueller Aug 23 '17 at 9:02
  • blockquote/q shouldn’t be used for pull quotes, unless you pull quote a quote ;) -- aside should be used for it: "The element can be used for typographical effects like pull quotes […]" – unor Sep 29 '17 at 13:45

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