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    Proper use of H1

    Hi all, I've always used H1 for holding the logo, and relevant text, on my sites and I've started thinking maybe this isn't right. The logo and text (usually 'some descriptive words | sitename') isn't really the title of the actual page - it's more for the site.

    So should the H1 be reserved for the description of the individual page (which is what my H2's are doing) and the logo put in a separate holder?
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    Hi, obliquegeek,

    Yes, IMO, H1 should be for description - keyword rich - purpose. Perhaps your logo is better placed near the title tag - where your site title text should reside.

    Cheers!

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    There have been numerous threads about this, so do a search and you'll find plenty of debate.

    If you ask me, the H1 should be the document heading. That's the way search engines see it, too, which is why they consider it important.
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    You should use H1 and have it use the same words as the Title, ie:
    <title>home Cooking tutorials</title>
    <h1>home cooking tutorials</h1>

    <h2>Keeping the burner low</h2>

    Your logo could be placed in a <span class="logo"></span>
    and you just use CSS to have it appear the same..

    ie:
    span.logo {
    font: 16px bold Arial, sans-serif;
    position-relative;
    left: 40px;
    top: 10px;
    }

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    Actually JREAM, I suggest using an actual image for the logo, then a H1 heading for the document title (as AutisticCuckoo recommended). I also tend to make the H1 heading text slightly different than the page title while still retaining the same meaning.

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    As a note, Headings are important for seo because it helps search engines identify what the page is about. So they shoud be filled with key words.

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    Filled as in stuffed, or filled as in placed appropriately? There is a difference. (And besides, we're (mostly) talking about the semantics of the H1 heading, not the search engine benefits. )

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    you should try and always make your H1 the first piece of real text on your site unless you are using a text based navigation. It should be keyword rich and represent the title tag but not a carbon copy and be no more than 7 words long. You should only use the h1 once on a page.


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