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H1, H2, H3, H4, H5, H6 [a subheading how-to guide]

Blog post heading tags

Why are subheadings useful?

When doing final edits of my posts one of the things I do is to make sure I have broken up my post into separate headings and subheadings. I do this for a few reasons.

  • Using heading and subheading tags makes it easier for my reader to digest and skim through my content
  • It makes my posts look clean and organized
  • It helps me teach search engines about my blog post (SEO).
  • I like offering a table of contents menu at the top of my posts, it looks nice (I think) & you can select the main points you are looking for quickly.

You want to ensure that your visitor isn’t overloaded with hundreds of words with very few breaks in it. You can learn more about using paragraphs to break up your post here. But the rule is no more than 4 sentences than a new paragraph. You can then further break up those paragraphs with your H1, H2, H3, H4, H5, H6 tags.

I know, that’s a lot of tags, which heading tag should you use? I’ll explain each one and you can then make a decision on which you’ll need to use for different sections of your post.

Subheading Tags Explained

H1, H2, H3, H4, H5, H6 [a subheading how-to guide]
Subcategory Structure in Table-of-contents

The H1 Tag

The H1 tag is almost always only reserved for the title of a page. In terms of SEO, the H1 tag is a critical step to ensure that the search engines are taught properly about what your post is about. If you’re wondering, yes there are 2 H1 tags on this page, however, it is a hierarchy so the first one is what is shown first.

The H2 Tag

The H2 tag is almost like reading a book. Each section of the book is assigned a chapter and in blog posts, it is the same deal. Each section gets an H2 tag to define it to your readers and search bots and also allows for the creation of a table of contents menu.

The H3 Tag

The H3 tag is what you use to begin to break up the information contained within the H2 tag. If further categorization is required you can begin to use the remaining subheading tags.

The H4 Tag

The H4 tag is used to further break down sub categories of the subcategory in your H3 tag.

The H5 Tag

I do believe this is the first time I’ve ever used an H5 tag before. The H5 tag again, is used to further break down points contained in the H4 tag.

The H6 Tag

The H6 tag is again used to further break down the content contained within your H5 tag.

There are only six subheading tags that you can use for your content. Neglecting to use them can have a horrible impact on your blog post’s SEO efforts. Make sure you at least employ a few H2 tags, H3 if needed. The rest are usually not needed for an average blog post.

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