If you’ve been in a relationship, you understand the agony of deciding a restaurant to eat dinner. It’s hard for you to choose where to eat out of a long list of eateries. So, too, is it hard for users and search engines to discern from a long list of heading tags. To keep confusion to a minimum, the consensus is you should not have more than 10 H2 tags.

What is an H2 Tag Meant to Do?

As we did in our post on more than one H1 tag, we revisited the HTML specifications. We were looking to verify what it says specifically about header tags.

The entire section on H1-H6 tags gives us a ton of information on what they’re meant to do. In short, the heading tags are meant to help organize the content. Heading elements are there to organize. They’re there to help users and search engines understand what a specific page is about.

The H1 tag is there to give us an idea of what the page is about over-all. The H2 tag is there to be a helper to the user in deciding the subject-matter of a page.

Here’s another analogy for you. Imagine a sports team. It has one coach with assistant coaches, and then the players. In football, the offense listens to the offensive coordinator, who listens to the coach. The H1 tag on your page is the head coach and the H2 tags are there to help the H1 tag.

So Why No More Than 10 H2 Tags?

Too many assistant coaches and it gets confusing. In a similar fashion, more than 10 h2 tags and your page content gets confusing.

It’s a lot easier to decide on a restaurant when there’s a list of two, rather than two-hundred. In the same way, it’s a lot easier for a user to understand what a page is about when there are fewer heading elements of the same rank.

Semantic HTML is there to help users better understand the content on your pages. If you don’t use it correctly, then there’s no use in having it.

Check Your H2 Tags

Until now, we haven’t had a great way of helping you check your h2 tags. But now, we’re glad to announce our very own SEO tool to help with that.

Check Your H2 Tags