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?

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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, 2017 at 11:43
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    Quote away :). Just make sure you're providing enough unique & valuable context of your own too! Aug 23, 2017 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, 2017 at 13:45

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