What exactly the HTML5 is? How the changes in HTML5 will affects SEO? Well, after HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.1 the next major revision of the HTML is HTML5. HTML5 is a standard for structuring and presenting content on World Wide Web. HTML5 is XML based presentation language which is not very different from HTML4. Basic idea behind the development of HTML5 is that it ensures backward compatibility and helps in improving some bugs and errors found in HTML 4.01. Moreover, HTML5 comes with the new HTML tags as well as improved page segmentation feature. Earlier, there was no way to tell search engines that how to segment a page, but now with HTML5 web design it would be possible to apply page segmentation (page is divided into several separate parts such as main content, headers, link sections, footer, etc.).
But more important is to know how these new HTML tags affect SEO practices because these new tags are used to segment a page from different elements. SEO experts would be more likely to be interested in knowing what the changes in the HTML5 are, and how it will affect their work.
Therefore, below are some of aspects that would assist SEO experts:
Article Tag helps in increasing website’s rank in search engine with the use of On Page SEO and is considered to be one of the best SEO techniques. Basically, article tag is used for separating one segment from another. Once the article tag is used in articles, it will make HTML code cleaner and reduce the use of <div> tags. Also, the content inside the <article> tag carries more weightage as compared to the content used in other parts of the page.
Section Tag is basically used to separate one section of the article or content from other, similar to books. The advantage of section tag is that each separate section has its separate HTML heading.
Header tag is very important and helpful tag for many SEO experts. It is pretty much similar to the <H1> tag, but the difference between them is that it contains a lot of stuff such as H1, H2, H3 elements, and paragraphs of text, links which are most important for SEO experts.
Footer tag is important, but not more than header tag. But still it can be used to store some important information which can be used for SEO as well. Header, section and footer tags give a lot of flexibility, so that it can be used in different sections found in one page.
This tag is considered to be very important tag from SEO point of view. Basically, it can be used to identify a collection of links to other pages.
Since HTML5 is relatively a new practice in coding we believe the above mentioned points can come in handy for SEO experts. HTML5 with a dash of SEO can always prove to be advantageous.