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    H1 Tags - Will this work?

    I realized that my Wordpress theme did not ultize H1 tags and decided to do some template editing. Now, I think I've properly edited things for the best possible SEO for my make money online blog - but I need some advice to make sure I did it right.

    On the Index Page I have this at the bottom of the page:
    <br><h1>Make Money Online</h1>Learn about online business and how to make money online.

    Therefore, the H1 tag for my index page is Make Money Online - but will Google care that the tag is near the bottom of the page, or does the actual position not matter?

    On the Single Posts page I edited the code for the post's title to be H1 rather than H2. Is this right, or should I leave the blog post title at H2 and add my above H1 tag?

    <h1><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to <?php if ( function_exists('the_title_attribute')) the_title_attribute(); else the_title(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h1>

    This isn't H1 tag related, but I thought it might help SEO:

    In the Footer it automatically says "© All Rights Reserved. <mylinkhere>" and <mylinkhere> has the default anchor text of the blog name, which is Running Online Business. Instead, I changed the anchor text to "Make Money Online" and I figured this would help. Am I correct in thinking this, or is it essentially insignificant?

    Thanks for the help everyone!

    Edit: I just read that it is generally a bad idea to have your H1 tag include a link, so I altered the "single page" code as such:
    <a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to <?php if ( function_exists('the_title_attribute')) the_title_attribute(); else the_title(); ?>"><h1><?php the_title(); ?></h1></a>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kovich View Post
    ...will Google care that the tag is near the bottom of the page, or does the actual position not matter?
    I think that position will not matter.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kovich View Post
    On the Single Posts page I edited the code for the post's title to be H1 rather than H2.
    You are definitely correct. Most Wordpress theme designers are completely ignorant when it comes to SEO.

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    In the Footer it automatically says "© All Rights Reserved. <mylinkhere>" and <mylinkhere> has the default anchor text of the blog name, which is Running Online Business. Instead, I changed the anchor text to "Make Money Online" and I figured this would help. Am I correct in thinking this, or is it essentially insignificant?
    Google only counts the first link to any page from any other one page. The result is that, if your logo links to your site, the link to your site in the footer won't matter at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kovich View Post

    On the Index Page I have this at the bottom of the page:
    <br><h1>Make Money Online</h1>Learn about online business and how to make money online.

    Therefore, the H1 tag for my index page is Make Money Online - but will Google care that the tag is near the bottom of the page, or does the actual position not matter?
    I think that this have impact. Since Google gave bigger keyword strength to the first paragraph and content closer to <body> then it probably look for the same for h1.

    On the Single Posts page I edited the code for the post's title to be H1 rather than H2. Is this right, or should I leave the blog post title at H2 and add my above H1 tag?

    <h1><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to <?php if ( function_exists('the_title_attribute')) the_title_attribute(); else the_title(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h1>

    This isn't H1 tag related, but I thought it might help SEO:
    By my oppinion this is natural thing to do, since that is the topic of the page.
    But maybe you should wrap link around h1 instead.

    In the Footer it automatically says "© All Rights Reserved. <mylinkhere>" and <mylinkhere> has the default anchor text of the blog name, which is Running Online Business. Instead, I changed the anchor text to "Make Money Online" and I figured this would help. Am I correct in thinking this, or is it essentially insignificant?

    Thanks for the help everyone!
    Not so significant but it cant do any harm.

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    Don't use the h1 at the bottom of the page. You should have your headings as:

    h1
    h2
    h3
    h4
    h5
    h6

    Each one coming after the other. h1 must be at the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kovich View Post
    In the Footer it automatically says "© All Rights Reserved. <mylinkhere>" and <mylinkhere> has the default anchor text of the blog name, which is Running Online Business. Instead, I changed the anchor text to "Make Money Online" and I figured this would help. Am I correct in thinking this, or is it essentially insignificant?
    Footer links are devalued in the algo and offer little to no ranking benefits. Google uses block segmentation to filter out trivial and spammy sections of content and link lists, including site-wide links in template regions like blog rolls and footer links, which are notorious link dumping grounds. This only makes sense to me because these links are inconsequential given their proximity on a page and the fact that they tend to have a very low CTR, so are seen as low value to a user.
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