H1 tag on index page

  • Hi, I ran your analyzer and saw that it does the same thing other SEO plugins do.
    It tells me that my homepage needs to have an H1 tag.
    What am I missing? That makes no sense to me for the homepage.

    Thanks in advance for your help

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  • Hello,

    Thank you for contacting Rank Math today.

    Please head over to your homepage, right click and view page source to check if there are any H1 tags. We also have an external tool you can use to check: https://rankmath.com/tools/seo-analyzer/

    You can also share your URL if you want us to help you check this.

    Looking forward to helping you. Thank you.


    Thanks for quick response.

    So SHOULD I have an H1 tag for my page, and just hide it?

    example site is here: http://www.awolfram.com or http://www.thegarageshield.com


    H1 tags are usually useful in your SEO. Search Engines usually check for these header tags while analyzing your page to understand what your post/page content is all about. This is also the reason it is recommended to include your focus keyword in your headings.

    If you choose to not include or hide the header tag(s), you can ignore the failed test by Rank math. These are just tests for your reference and the score does not affect your page Rankings.

    Hope that helps. If you have any further question(s), please let us know. Thank you.


    That usually irks me about all SEO Plugins (please, no offense, I’m just OCD).
    They all show a missing qualifier by not including h1 on index page. Needless to say, it always stresses me out!

    That said, if it does help, but is graphically unappealing, how can I add it? If I make it hidden, I get penalized don’t I ?

    Sidenote: Not even Yoast or Patel have responded back to this question, so thanks. Why not just remove that option from your ranking algorithm as to not freak people like me out?


    You could easily edit the homepage template to include an h1 header or if you want, we have a filter to remove specific tests from our plugin so we could help you to remove it.

    Just let us know which option do you prefer and we will try to guide you.

    Looking forward to help you.

    I’d love to know how to add an H one tag to the homepage please, without it interfering with my layouts, and without penalizing for hiding it. Thanks and advance!


    You can just head over to WordPress dashboard > Pages > Home and edit that page to add header tags as I show you in this screencast: https://i.rankmath.com/aJLiVC

    ​​​​​​Hope that helps. If you have any further question(s), please let us know. Thank you.

    Ok, completely missing my point 🙁

    I know HOW to add an H1 tag.

    Heres an example site:

    As you can see, like most home pages, you don’t add an H1 tag, it would look stupid as hell.

    And adding a hidden H1 tag, gets you penalized.

    So on this example, or heck, on PayPal.com even, how would you add an H1 tag to the home page, get the SEO credit, but not display it so it screws up the page?

    Thanks in advance!


    You could add it and use what this page says (https://css-tricks.com/snippets/css/accessibilityseo-friendly-css-hiding/) to hide it (never use display:none to hide an h1, Google identifies it as a bad signal).

    But if you don’t want to hide it, keep in mind those are just guidelines, you don’t need to follow them always, they are just advice and sometimes it is better to don’t force the things to get that perfect SEO score.

    Looking forward to help you.

    So maybe something like:

    <h1 class=”screen-reader-text”>Sample Website</h1>


    If so, that’s a cool trick you may want to share, or offer to include via a settings toggle in a future update 🙂


    Yes, exactly as you wrote, that is the h1 code you should add (just be sure to add the screen-reader-text code to your CSS file!).

    Looking forward to help you.

    Actually, that css is part of WordPress since version 4.2 , hence why I would be an easy addition for you guys to include in your WP plug-in

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