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I read the same question on SO, but it was only addressing HTML complaint point of view. Moreover with HTML5 it does not make so much difference. I assume (without anything to back up my assumption), that the first approach is might be better from SEO point of view.

So is there any difference?

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    What is ceo? I think you are saying about SEO.. – Sathiya Kumar May 1 '14 at 4:44
  • @SathiyaKumar thanks for edit. You are correct :-) – Salvador Dali May 1 '14 at 4:52
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I believe it doesn't matter for SEO. It's HTML5, it is (almost) a standard, they simply "aren't allowed" to give you bad credit.

I think this is more of a UX question. A header is a block level element and will be 100% width. An anchor is inline and will only wrap the text.

With that knowledge, you have two options:

  • Wrap the <h1> around the <a> -> only the text is clickable
  • Wrap the <a> around the <h1> -> the whole line is now clickable

In the end you'll get the most points if users stay on your site, better UX helps with that.

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