Search Engine Optimization

Can My Webpage Have More Than One H1 Tag?

By June 25, 2012 August 11th, 2014 4 Comments
more than one h1

We get this question asked quite often, and we also see it often when we’re working on websites. The question was asked “can I have more than one h1 tag on a webpage?” You might be thinking that since an H1 tag is weighed more heavily for SEO than some of the other elements on the page, Google might penalize you if you have more than one.

Sometimes a designer or web developer will put the just the logo at the top right inside an h1. Some will put the logo and the headline of some text in h1 tags, giving you multiple on the same page. According to Matt Cutts, Google will not penalize you for multiple h1’s on a page, but he does caution that we should use it sparingly.

What is an h1 tag?
By definition, the “h” tag is used to define HTML headings on a page. The h1 tag is used to define the most important heading on the page (like a title of a blog post, for example) – which is why search engines use this as a signal to determine what the page is about, and can help your SEO quite a bit. According to the most recent study by SEOmoz Search Engine Ranking Factors report from 2011, the h1 has a high correlation between keyword usage in the h1, and rankings – only behind keyword usage in the URL and title tag.


  • JohnK___ says:

    @DanielZeevi IMHO of course pgs shouldn’t be penalized for >1 H1 tags! Can’t separate semantic from style on them anyway. Ambiguous #SEO.

  • You define H1 tag very smartly over here. It is very appreciated by me for this post. It is very informative for me. Thanks for posting here.

  • sutariya says:

    Yes your web page can have H1 tag If Your page has more topics. But  don’t stuff the keywords on H1

  • MichaelMoller says:

    Is there ever a reason for more then one h1 tag? If your page structure is done right, the h1 tag gets used once (at the start of the body), and h2 – h6 can be used more then once. <a href=””>Search Engine Optimization</a> can be easy if people don’t make it overly complicated.

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