Are Multiple H1s Okay?

You can use multiple H1s on your webpage

 

Are Multiple H1s Okay?

The short answer is “yes”, using multiple H1s on a webpage is perfectly okay.

The Google algorithms have advanced greatly over the years.  Google is striving to understand your content semantically.  

On October 3, 2019, John Mueller a senior analyst from Google Webmasters published a video addressing and explaining this very question in more detail.  It was titled, Multiple H1 Headings: How to Handle Them for SEO & Accessibility? #AskGoogleWebmasters  He originally answered this question in 2017, but did not explain it in detail.

Google’s guidance is simple. Create your webpages to make the user’s experience better.  Google’s systems will analyse the content of your website to determine its meaning.  While “header” tags help identify the meaning and structure of your website,  the Google systems will extrapolate the meaning from the context of the content independently of the headers.  Google stated, “We have to take the web as we find it.”

Prior to 2014, most webpages were built using HTML4.  Many of those webpages are still live, today. HTML4 used a linear approach to coding a webpage.

With the introduction of HTML5 in late 2014, website design became much more modular. Using the <header> code, you separate the main idea of the webpage from the content of the rest of the page separated by <article> code. 

In this way, each <article> can have its own <h1> tag, while you have still signalled to Google that the main idea is the <h1> tag found in the <header>.

How do <h1> through <h6> tags affect my SEO?

In accordance with the above guidance, your HTML constructs help you organise your data for you, your users and ultimately Google.  

While the Google systems will try to index your web page semantically by reading all of your content, you can still help the systems out by indicating your intentions with header tags. 

The goal of creating a web page is to communicate your content to other users and Google’s goal is to be a model user of that content and then send it out to other users who are looking for the best content on your topic.   

Setting Up Your WebPage for the Best User Experience

The best user experience is one that loads quickly, is simple to understand and sets out the information in a logical fashion. Think of the web pages that you enjoy. How are they set up? 

Do they have larger font headings that explain what is in the smaller font paragraphs?

Do the larger font headings break up the webpage into easy to read sections that address the question or topic that interests you?

Does the webpage have a beginning, a middle and an end?

Does the webpage have a central theme?  Does the colour scheme and layout of the webpage support the theme?

All of these questions must be answered when developing your user experience.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Multiple H1 tags on a webpage are perfectly fine for SEO purposes, if used appropriately.  If you are going to use multiple H1 tags in a webpage, then you need to make sure they are placed in the header and in separate articles within the HTML5 structure.  Additionally, they would need to be used in an organizational structure that the Google systems would be able to recognize as a hierarchy. Lastly, Google suggests setting up each webpage in such a way that gives your users their best experience. 

If you are experiencing any difficulties in your website development or SEO (search engine optimisation), then MRA Business Solutions is here to help you.  We can assist you in the layout of your website and all of the SEO ramifications of your content.  Fill out the form below so we can begin working with you today.

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