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Do heading tags out of order penalise SEO?

No, in all likelihood this will have zero impact on your SEO. While it does offer some benefits in terms of accessibility (because it helps the screen readers), the order of your headings doesn't ...
Theo van der Zee's user avatar
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Rankings plummeted when I changed H1 tags to match the title, can I recover my rankings by reversing the changes?

Your h1 is likely not the culprit, but let's find out First of all, I'd wait about 2 weeks before doing anything. Google just finished rolling out their November spam update. SERPs are a bit volatile ...
Mike Ciffone's user avatar
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Can I use numbering to decorate headings for readability in CSS without hurting SEO?

Contrary to hurting SEO, I've found that placing numbers next to headings can help SEO in some cases. More specifically, if you have a numbered list of things, sometimes it can qualify your site for ...
Maximillian Laumeister's user avatar
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For SEO, are headings still worth it?

Yes, headings are still relevant for SEO, because they briefly describe topics of sections, they help organize your web page in a clear way, useful to show organized content for end users and help ...
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SEO - Keyword in all headings | penalty?

One line answer: Do not think too much about keywords vs heading tags. Create content which will be useful for the user. Meaning: You can have h1, few h2 and so on. But don't think too much as you ...
TopQnA's user avatar
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Is it SEO friendly to step directly from h3 to h5?

HTML provides semantic markup to a document. CSS provides information about the presentation. Choosing to use a H5 because of the styling it offers is the wrong reason to use. The only reason why ...
John Conde's user avatar
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Is it SEO safe to embed the H2 or H3 tag in a hyperlink element?

The rules are simple regarding to this: You are not allowed to wrap an inline element around a block element. The exception: If you use HTML5, you may wrap in anchor around a block element. From a ...
Martijn's user avatar
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4 votes
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Same text for <h1> and <h2>

Don’t use another heading element for the duplicated content. Headings (h1-h6) serve various purposes (generating the document outline, navigation for screen reader users, etc.). A duplicated heading ...
unor's user avatar
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Does having a <span> tag around a portion of a word hurt SEO?

Using a span like that does not hurt SEO, however there is no reason to do it when the ::first-letter pseudoelement exists. You can do the following to style just the first letter without messing with ...
Maximillian Laumeister's user avatar
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Can I use numbering to decorate headings for readability in CSS without hurting SEO?

The featured snippet in Google that Maximillian posted is a good example of where I would use numbered headings. Quick how-to guides, recipes, ranking, anything where the order of events actually ...
Trich's user avatar
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3 votes

Inline CSS on Header Tag

What counts for a search engine is textual content, it will filter out everything else. In-line CSS will contribute to the payload of the page and that affects the load speed.
Josip Ivic's user avatar
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Should we use <nav> for global navigation since it is sectioning content?

In html5 the nav element should be used to represent a section of a page that links to other pages or to parts within the page So depending what kind of links you are specifying in the footer ...
marcanuy's user avatar
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Anchor tag inside <h1> or <h1> inside anchor tag: which is better?

What's said here's is insightfull, thank you all. Let's take it up one more notch: adding microdata and such into the equation. Let's say we've got <h1 itemprop="name"><a href="http://...
Sjerp van Wouden's user avatar
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What are the practical benefits of having just one <h1> per page

You didn't state who makes the recommendation but the specification itself says no such thing. A heading begins sectioning content and there may be more than one sectioning content on a page. However, ...
Rob's user avatar
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Are <p> tags important inside the <article> tag for SEO?

A <p> tag is specifically for a paragraph. If you are creating a section of a page, use a container tag, such as <article>, <div>, or <section>. And, FYI, you can put whatever ...
GeoffAtkins's user avatar
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Are <p> tags important inside the <article> tag for SEO?

Think of writing a paper. Your paper would be one topic with subtopics. You would have headers and paragraphs. Headers define a subtopic of the papers topic and precede the paragraphs that cover the ...
closetnoc's user avatar
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SEO tools say no <h1>, <h2>, etc. when they are loaded by AJAX. Is that a problem for Google?

Today Google can Crawl your AJAXed content Today, as long as you're not blocking Googlebot from crawling your JavaScript or CSS files, we are generally able to render and understand your web pages ...
gael's user avatar
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H1 tag word with two styles

Search engines should understand it as a h1 level heading: Something different. Use of the <span> element in this example would appear to be proper. The HTML <span> element is a ...
Bronwyn V's user avatar
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Since there is no H title on the website consisting of images, is it possible to add H title as display:none?

It might be more of a problem of hiding headers than having none. This gives me the same feeling as black hat tactics. You would rather not have the signal than fake signals and potentially tanking ...
A_Patterson's user avatar
2 votes

Same text for <h1> and <h2>

This does come off as keyword stuffing. Think about heading tags as a table of contents for the rest of the content on the page. When stripping away all other informations on the page. Your headings ...
Daniel Kraciun's user avatar
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Inline CSS on Header Tag

Recent SEO tests show that Google doesn't pay much attention to tags anymore. Using <h1> tags is not really important at all anymore. Google does give more weight to text that is large bold, ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
2 votes

For SEO, are headings still worth it?

I recently read about an SEO experiment where they tried using heading tags (<h1>, <h2>, etc.) and also tried using <div> and <span> that were styled to look like headers (...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
2 votes

Is it SEO friendly to step directly from h3 to h5?

It shouldn't matter much. From the coding side, it's good to be in order and consistent but shouldn't impact SEO h3 vs h5. These days usability also plays an important role in SEO. So, have a ...
TopQnA's user avatar
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Do heading tags out of order penalise SEO?

There is no requirement that heading tags be sequential. You can intermix use of h1 through h6. as meets the syntactic (or display) needs of your site at will. The use of the numbers simply sets ...
Ari Davidow's user avatar
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Does using too many heading tags (h1s, h2s, and h3s) cause SEO problems?

On my perspective, I don't think Google imposes a strict rules on the number of heading tags to use in a page. There are also websites that use heading tags (h2/h3) for subheadings on longer content - ...
BryrDe's user avatar
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Should we use <nav> for global navigation since it is sectioning content?

The outline of your example The outline which https://gsnedders.html5.org/outliner/ generated is not correct. The correct outline of your example markup is: 1. Document (<body> without ...
unor's user avatar
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Does a subtitle below the main H1 help SEO?

Depends on your content. Does/Would a subtitle help clarify or build on the title for visitors? Does it bring a call to action? If the subtitles help bring structure and enhance the content, sure. ...
Robert Dundon's user avatar
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Can hidden lines in heading tags and content sections help SEO?

Absolutely not, on the contrary, you could be penalized by cloaking. Cloaking is a search engine optimization (SEO) technique in which the content presented to the search engine spider is ...
Emirodgar's user avatar
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Does having a <span> tag around a portion of a word hurt SEO?

Yes, this is ok and Search engines would see the text as "Hello". Reason: Drop caps, Websites likes NYC.com uses drop caps, drop caps needs special CSS codes without div, span or class drop caps are ...
Niresh's user avatar
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