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Is there any chance that by placing a h1 tag so far down the page below content, this could have a negative effect.
Common sense tells me that there should only be one h1 tag on the page and somewhere near the top (though I presume not necessarily the first item after the <body> tag) I usually just use h2 tags and css to add more, perhaps equally important headings anywhere below.
- take a traditional website made with TABLES. Header + On the left you have MENUS and say some NEWS + in the middle H1 and CONTENT and on the right you have some more links and text.
This traditional layout would place the H1 in the MIDDLE or if the content text on that page is small the H1 would be below the middle of the TEXT
BUT it isn't causing any problems for any of my sites.
Google most likely notices that on the left (HTML TOP) there is a menu that repeats.
Doing well in the SERPS.
Recently I changed to using CSS. I've put H1 tags all over the place(3-4 / pg) and not noticed any adverse effects. Gone up a few positions on some pages. So maybe that traditional stuff doesn't come into it. But who knows what happens on the next update.
There are currently eight H1 tags on this page with no apparent ill-effects.
The only use of h tags that is likely to get you into trouble with search engines is using them for keyword spam. Trying to perform complex contextual analysis is a waste of CPU power (by search engines). If they don't like multiple h1 tags all they have to do is treat all but the first as h2 (or p tags, etc.) - easy.
I also agree with kaled that it's probably not a negative thing to put more than one h1 on a page at any point in the content, though I've no proof of this, nor of the contrary!