I am debating if Google and search engines would treat my SEO and indexing of my articles better or different if I use <h2>Sub-title in my article</h2> for subtitles of my articles over just making them bold with <strong>Sub-title in my article</strong>?

Also, for the actual article title, I am always using <h1></h1>.


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From the beginning, Google marked terms found as bold, italics, sentence case text, relative font size, and so forth as fancy in the index and felt this was important. At no point was it ever clear that Google assigned more weight to these fancy text terms, however, it was was matched in search more readily as a result. Spammers began to try and take advantage of the situation thinking that there was an SEO advantage. There was not. As a result, while Google may still mark these fancy terms, matches against them specifically no longer occurs- or at least not in an obvious way.

Therefore, using fancy text is not an advantage.

Related to that, while we know that the h1 tag has special meaning and indeed all headers do, I have found that they are rarely if ever matched in search. There may be some weighting of these elements terms, however, there is no clear advantage. Search matches go against semantic analysis of title tags, links, and content. Header tags are still important of course. But only in as much as semantic analysis goes. I see no evidence that header tags have weight otherwise.

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That should be enough for now.

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