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can we use two (2) H1's in the same page or NOT?



7:30 am on Dec 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Iam in confusion whether we can use two same H1's headers in the same page or we can't use in one page, if we use more than one H1's then Google will penalize the site or not?
we can use hyperlink for headers Like H1's and H2's or we can't use?

totally confused iam not sure whether we can use more than one H1's and hyperlink for H1's?

Your views, suggestions, opnions, experiences are most welcome


11:59 am on Dec 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Nothing to stop you using them..however, like many things i guess, over use of a particular tag like h1, then google might suspect something, especially if all those h1 tags are stuffed with keywords.

My advice would be, use h1 tags for the main headline, ideally 1 per page, and then h2 tags for the smaller sub-headings.

As for using h1 tags for links, its probably best not to. As search engines like both h1 tags and links, too many in a particular page might be seen as spam or trying to trick the search engines into giving you high rankings.

You can easily use CSS to style the links to however you want them to look like, similialry with heading tags. Me personally wouldn't mix the tags up.

<h1><a href="somepage.php"><span style="font-size:x-large; "> a load of keywords</span></a></h1>

Something like that is not a good idea, on quite alot of levels.



1:33 pm on Dec 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I would only use one... two may negate the point of one...


4:31 pm on Dec 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I would only use one... two may negate the point of one...
Good point. I had considered doing it with multiple H1s too but reading that makes me thing. "Well what if one outweighs the other one and takes away from it's ability to help me rank"


4:43 pm on Dec 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Just use one H1. Keep things clean and simple.


6:25 pm on Jan 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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If you feel the need to use two H1 tags, go for one H1 and one H2. I think a lot of people tend to forget that H2's are still effective.

The whole point of Header tags is to help the user easily read your content by breaking it up into sections, its setup to help structure the content and make it more clear for the reader and the bots.

When you're using these tags try to think of how newspaper columns use them, it is very clean, not overloaded and the placement makes sense. I think if you over do it with too many headers, your readers may get lost in the caos and you may have a problem with the SE's. :)


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