Optimize Blog Post Titles Using H2 Tag - Increase Traffic


Update: This post is out-dated, instead kindly read Part 2 of this Tutorial

OPTIMIZE-POST-TITLESHeadline tags start from H1 and go up to H6 in decreasing order of size. They play immense importance in your blog template optimization. Just as I earlier explained that a search engine robot reads your content just the way a human reads it. Headlines, bolded and highlighted texts draw attention. By default all blogger templates are designed such that the H1 tag is given to Homepage Main Title, H2 is given to Blog Description or Header dates, sidebar headers and H3 is assigned for post titles. Whilst the fact is that your Post titles are second most important part of your blog after the main title. Sidebar titles and Post description are peanuts in comparison to your post titles.

Its your post titles that ping search engines on an update and are indexed and crawled by search engine robots. In SEO the post title is referred as the KING whiles post content is referred as the QUEEN. So if the king is treated with H3 tag instead of H2 tag then I guess you must re-plan your Traffic campaign.

Changing Post Tiles Heading Tags In Blogger

To change post titles default H3 tag to H2 heading Tag then follow the steps below,

  1. Go To Blogger> Design > Edit HTML
  2. Backup your template
  3. Search for .post h3
  4. and replace it with .post h2  (keep replacing that for all occurrences of .post h2)
  5. Then search for,

<h3><data:title/></h3

and replace it with this,

<h2><data:title/></h2>

 

    6.  Save your template and Congratulations for the smart change! :>

 

In my next post I will discuss what heading tags you should use for headlines that you use inside the post body. I am sure this change will bring a positive change in your web Traffic inshAllah. Peace! :>

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  1. Yes, superb technique. Although I knew about the importance about h2 headings, i never thought that you can change post titles to h2.thanks for informing....

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  2. As a intermediate web designer, I use html5 and css3. Since I noticed how professional and proficient you are at programming websites, why not switch to those languages? The tags are much more semantic, and CSS3 allows for much more design, even if you are not that good with Photoshop (no worries there since you rock with Photoshop). Also use of tags like cite, abbr, should be used more for better SEO. Lastly, to decrease page size, and loading time, why not compress images, JavaScript, CSS, the HTML, and convert many of the images to code using css3 (the simple ones). Good job with your blog, and hope you have a even more successful future.

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  3. @Amit M B

    Yes, I too enjoyed this article. Testing the reply button.

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  4. @Amit

    The sooner you know the better it always is. You are always welcomed pal.

    @Anonymous
    I surely respect the suggestion brother and indeed programming has its own fun and web designing on the other hand is all different in its own right. I have not yet started using HTML5 though use CSS3 seldomly.
    For those news tags that you mentioned and those useful compressing techniques, I would highly appreciate a guest post from you. Waiting for you kind kind reply :>


    PS:I would love to know valuable readers like you by name. :>

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  5. Mohd,

    Friend, it is against my company's contract to disclose my name, but I would love to write a guest post for your blog. I will soon send you an email with some helpful videos, explanations, and further w3school links for MBT readers.

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  6. @Anonymous

    Oh sure no problem. I do respect that and I will be eagerly waiting for your email friend. =)

    @sam
    Its ok. Just find the second code.

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  7. Yup I already have that data title in h2 tag :)

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  8. Hello..and thnx for you help.
    i can't find the code you mention above ???

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  9. @sam

    glad it is. :>

    @zaid

    Kindly find the second code mentioned in the tutorial. Type either <h3> or </h3>

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  10. The first post has been sent. BTW, my name in the email is Anims101.

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  12. hi again..i can't find any of those cods you mentioned, do i have something wrong in my template ?
    sorry for disturb
    regards
    http://ziadalmestarihi.blogspot.com/

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  13. @Ziad
    Did you check the "Expand Widget Templates" Box ?
    Check it and then search for this <h3 and replace it with <h2
    Then search for this </h3> and replace it with this </h2>

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  14. Finley i fund that code and now its have been changed , the prob was i forgot to check the expand button as usual :)

    i really appreciate your work and you help thnx .

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  15. @Zaid

    Anytime pal. I am happy it worked for you. :>

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  16. Hi Mohammad I apply h1 tag to all my post but not on my homepage it doesn't exist could you help me on this could you give some advise. My blog is http://tipsandtricksblogger.com. Thank you

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  17. hey where is it i cant find them(.post h3) on my blog http://useful-toall.blogspot.com/

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  19. Thanks for the SEO tip..
    And, I've one question,, "What if I give my post titles H1 tag?"
    It'll get more importance right..??

    www.ProHacker.IN

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  20. thanks for the tip but i couldnt find the second code on my blog
    's template, please what do i do? www.trueinternetworld.com

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  21. I want to use h2 tags on blogger homepage and h1 tag on blogger item post. looks like mashable and techcrunch. how to do that

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  24. @Nalaka Prasad

    Thats against SEO rules. H1 is a reserved tag for main Blog Title followed by H2 for post titles and h3 for sidebars.

    MAshable uses the format I discussed in this comment. Hope this clarifies buddy.

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  25. checkout my testing blog. I got Mashable, Techcrunch [SEO] post title and Header title structure.(This is testing blog and not clear css)

    I think my SEO post title structure better than your structure. try this, it will not break any SEO rules.now this structure use Lots of Popular Sites(techhamlet.com,mashable..etc)we can do this on blogger

    Follow this link: http://binorati.blogspot.com/

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  26. Can we change blogger default widget title tag([h2])?

    I want to replace [h2] to [h4]. I know we can do this manually but I want to do this automatically

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  27. Mohammad thanks for nice info.
    can i change blog description to h4 and post description to h3.
    one another question.
    how can i make a word in post description as h2 through html coding

    thanks in advance.

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  28. i have applied the above things, but what i am looking is the post title font is not larger and its not looking good.
    Mustafa bhai what to do with.
    my blog is http://pashto-arena.blogspot.com

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  29. @AdminHello Mohammed
    When i use h2 tags in my post title then it becomes as the size of the side bar gadgets titile size which is not eye attracting. I want to know about how you made your blog so that your post title is looking bigger than side bar gadgets whether both are h2 tags. Please send your answer to anrout22@gmail.com


    My blog is www.odishajobs.in

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  30. Hi mohammad,

    Voted for you :)

    I replaced 3 .post h3 with .post h2

    But I did not find

    They were already

    Plz check out my blog source code Is I done some thing wrong or everything is ok.

    PR7 dofollow Blogs list

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  31. Thanks, for the great tips!!!

    WAHM Shelley... :)

    WAHM Shelley blogs at This Crazy Life !!! and The Ultimate WAHM Experience ...Pop on over and LIKE my blog and leave a comment with your blog/website so that I can check out your great content!!!...I like to share on Twitter and Facebook...

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  32. im not getting it , as i pasted it on ms word and searched for it but showing no results

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    www.hollywoodmajaa.blogspot.com
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  33. Hi Mohammad My website template is a custom template so i can't find the .post h3. can you help me what should i do here is my website www.symbianfan.com thanks

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  34. thanx for this great tip. Just changed my all head tag
    www.x9wallpapers.com

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  35. Why not the h1 tag? All WordPress blogs use h1 tags for post title. Waiting for your reply.

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  36. i couldnt find the code on my blog ...how to replace them??

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  37. i am sad becoz i have applied other tips but not function well right now the code u suggest have change how can i appliead that anyways?
    http://great-bigpost.blogspot.com/

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  38. how many data:title/ code normal blog have i got 10 this code and all the h 2 code i change to h1 code. if that any problem later.. pls expect my element blog using crome.. i need review from u.. this is my blog http://great-bigpost.blogspot.com/
    that my html have this seo or not?

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  39. what do you say about my blog?

    http://baiasuciprian.blogspot.com/

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  40. please help me I can't even find the code .post h3 on my html

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  41. Dear i am check the code but i did not find the h3 my template has already h2 tag is that ok or need to change some thing more?

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  42. is it okay in my template using h2 no other than?

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  43. hi,

    in my blog its already there
    h2 data:title h2 by default

    I saw another suggestion here
    http://freshtips.blogspot.com/2012/05/optimize-blog-post-title-with-h2-tag.html

    shall i change h3.post-title to h2.post-title?? if so what about this code

    h3 class='post-title entry-title' itemprop='name'

    shall I change it here also?

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  44. Man everywhere the same answer about H tags but i cant find the code in the new blogger design. and where i can find you post about how we should use the iner heading in the post
    Thanks

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  45. update

    In new blogger templates search for h3 and keep replacing it with h2 as many times as you find it. The new templates are diffreently coded so just note down this update. :)

    @nani
    You are right it is h3.post-title instead of .post h3 in new blogger templates. :)


    @Nikolov

    Buddy please read this: 6 ways to Change headline style in blogger :>

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  46. While Changing the post.h3 tags to h2 . Should we also convert all the h2 tags to h3 .. (Like sidebar title, blog description etc.)

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  47. And One more thing I forgot to ask.. Can we use h1 in both Post title and blog title ? Is it can cause a problem ?

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  48. Hello Mohammad,
    I used to add h1 titles in my post by adding html code and change the size to normal. So its that bad?

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  49. @rounak
    Even if your sidebar titles are in h2, it doesn't conflict alot because Google only indexes your sitemap which contains post body section only so sidebars don't interfere a lot. Sidebars are indexed at homepage mostly.

    H1 is only for blog title. should never be added to post title.

    @Ayush
    Buddy H1 is often taken for granted by Blog main title. Both social media networks and search engines consider that to be blog title only. However in WP post titles often have a h1 tag because the header includes a background image instead of a text-title.

    I would recommend to stick to h2 for post titles and h1 for blog title in blogger.

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  50. Thanks Mohammad. It's my first time to visit your blog and I'm a newbie in blogging. This hack is of great help to newbie like me. And I think your right with the h2 tag for post title, we must stick with the seo rules. Keep up the good work buddy! Christian Song Lyrics

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  51. @Mohammad Mustafa Ahmedzai
    Most of WordPress themes are using h1 tags for post heading. So if we are using image instead of blog title we can use header of posts inside h1. To avoid plenty of H1 tags in home page we can turn the same into h2 as well using this simple guide. Header tags for blogger in H1

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  52. thx for sharing like this..but i found only 1 .post h3 tag and i replace it with .post h2 .so plz tell me can i do right..my blog is==http://latestmovies111.blogspot.in/

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  53. At present i am using alt text and title generator for my images.
    But my question is i want to remove special characters from the title. can you provide me a script that removes special characters from the post tile and replaces with spaces.

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  54. I don't see the .post h2 in my Christian quotes blog template. Can you help me with this?

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  55. I can not find : .post h3 PLEASE HELP My Blog: designer4arab.blogspot.com

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  57. AOA! Bro i have already <h2><data:title/></h2>.. Do i have to do something else?

    www.ozynetwork.com

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  58. Sir Iam a new blogger my website www.itph.in i dint undersatand my h1 and h2 tags will you please tell me how can is add tags to my blog

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  59. I have changed it to H2. I have had a great effect on SERP. Can I change it to H1, and shall I face any problem?

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  60. He, can you please tell me whether I should use H1 tags instead of H2 for my post titles....?? Please have a look on my blog TechStake-Technology News Blog , and suggest me....

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  61. Can I use H1 for Post Title in post page and H2 in Home page?

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  62. Can I use H1 for Post Title in post page and H2 in Home page? Is wrong ?

    I have h1 in title post but in hompeage many h1.

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  63. Thanks for this article! lot's of things to learn in seo :)

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  64. I think h3 is only used for post titles in Blogger. One can only search h3 and replace it with h2. It's simple method with Simple SEO.

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  65. I have one big problem with title tag in my blog...please help me out....
    there is no title tag displayed in label links....plz help
    my blog url is: www.dailymediafire.com/

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  66. Hi bro, i am looking for this kind
    > add h1 tag for full post title and h2 tag for excerpt post title
    but the one you posted the code which put h2 tag for all excerpt post title and full post title ,

    adding more than one h1 tag for a single page is not good

    please help if you have any idea thank you

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  67. I have read : Congratulations you smart angel. :> That put a smile on my face, but thanks for useful information.

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  68. Great blog post

    Optimize Blog Post Titles Using H2 Tag For Better SEO - Visit below Link

    http://www.kingtricks.com/optimize-blog-post-titles-using-h2-tag-better-seo/

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  69. Is indexing tag create nay problem to the blog

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  70. This is the most confusing part of Blogger SEO. Some SEO experts suggest to use h1 tag, while some suggest h2 for post titles. I have checked in many blogs about this trick, but all of them suggest two fold ways - h1 or h2. Now, can you please give me proper explanation as to why different blogger suggests different methods?

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  72. Main apne blog ky widgets ky title ko h2 sy h3 main convert karna chahta hun please help please
    my blog is www.androidhelping.com

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