Thursday, March 5, 2015

Who has H1?

Do we need an H1 on our homepage?

Sometimes it is necessary to convince pdms, devs, stakeholders that SEO efforts are necessary. One way to support this is to quickly  run a test on competitors and / or on ... top pages on the web. (Yes, after all the other pro's have been given.) Especially since we're running one of the top pages ourselves, that list contains powerful names.(and the first url is in my tests.. because I know what's happening there, not because of being in the top 1million.. yet ;-) )

So, H1 or not?

Out of the top 1000 pages, about
Here is a screenshot of the top pages that have an H1 on their homepage.

This is the script, running over the top 1000 urls from alexa 1 million.  Very easy to adjust for other page elements.

echo -e "url\t has H1 " > 2top1kH1.txt
while read -r line; do
echo $line
h1yes=$(wget -qO- -w 3 -t 3 "$line" | grep "<h1" | wc -l)
if [ "$h1yes" -gt 0 ]; then
echo -e "$line\t yes" >> 2top1kH1.txt
done < $1

Not large, not complicated, but very convincing.

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