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  • Writer's pictureBrent Payne

Multiple <h1> tags

The page in question includes more than one <h1> element within its content.


Why is this important?

An h1 tag is paramount for enabling users and search engines to ascertain the topic of a page quickly. Ideally, it should encapsulate the primary keywords of the page, effectively summarizing the page's theme.


Utilizing multiple <h1> tags might imply an unsound content framework, possibly weakening keyword relevance at the page level.


What does the Optimization check?

Any internal URL that employs the <h1> tag more than once will automatically cause this Optimization to be activated.


Examples that trigger this Optimization

Any web page that includes more than a single <h1> within the <body> tag will trigger this Optimization:

<!doctype html><html lang="en">  <head>...</head>  <body>    <h1>Our Company Logo</h1>    ...    <h1>Welcome to Our Company</h1>    ...  </body></html>


Why is this Optimization marked 'Potential Issue'?

This Optimization is designated as a 'Potential Issue' since it may not currently impact the site but warrants investigation for potential future complications.

Some argue the SEO significance of <h1> tags is overstated, dismissing concerns around their multiplicity as trivial.


Furthermore, HTML5 permits the use of several h1 elements in a document, without undermining its structural or semantic integrity. This Optimization is intended to highlight potential improvements rather than indicate a critical problem.


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