The secrets of Google unraveled! Headers
Headers, eye-catchers and structure reinforcers
The headers on your webpage make up the titles and subtitles above text paragraphs. They are located between header tags (<h1>…</h1>, <h2>…</h2>, …, <h6>…</h6>) and form a hierarchy: the header between <h1> tags is the most important. Preferably there is only one <h1> header per web page. Sub-headers – for underlying paragraphs – are placed between <h2> to <h6> tags, in descending level of importance.
Respect the hierarchy of header tags; f.i. do not jump from an <h2> tag to an <h4> tag and skip the <h3> header. The higher a header number, the less important Google considers the information to be. But there is no need to use all header tags up to <h6>.
Use the most important keywords in your headers. Otherwise Google might consider your webpage to be spam. Use a good mix of the most important keywords and words that are related to those keywords. Google assesses whether your web page has a clear structure through both headers and content. A good score is directly linked to a strong structure and a high relevance, because of the use of keywords in the text.
Human visitors rarely read all text on your webpage. They scan: they read the title, the first paragraph and the subtitles, quickly glance at the images, scroll a little and, if you’re lucky, make it to the last sentence. So put all vital information in the first paragraph and preferably assessing it an <h1> header. The subtitles above paragraphs are the other headers: briefly summarise the content of the paragraph, preferably as a call-to-action. Use keywords to point out to visitors that the content is relevant to their search.
How does your website perform in regard of all parameters considered important by Google?
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Next blog post: the body text, the actual content of the web page