Msg#: 4338736 posted 2:28 am on Jul 13, 2011 (gmt 0)
Other than having only ONE (1) h1 per document/page, the number of h2 etc is unimportant. It is nice to maintain semantic sense when using header tags, but will not affect SEO one way or the other. Most SEs these days ignore (give no weight) h tags.
Msg#: 4338736 posted 8:18 am on Jul 13, 2011 (gmt 0)
Do you have a reference for this?
I've slept since then, but do recall a number of references over the years that the original "early SEO" ABUSE of h1 was high on the hit list of "things to ignore" as far back as 2000, along with white text on white backgrounds, keyword stuffing in meta, et al. Personally I don't care one way or the other since I use headers as they were intended: semantic hints for articles/documents, not "font styling"...
Given our recent collective Panda experience it appears the h tag (headers) are further moot as even semantically correct usage has been thrashed as well as those without a clue to original purpose.