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On a Google Webmaster Hangout someone asked about the role of H1s on a web page. John Mueller responded that heading tags were good for several reasons but they’re not a critical element.

SEO and H1 Headings

One of the top rules for Search Engine Optimization has long been adding keywords to your H1 heading at the top of the page in order to signal what a page is about and rank well.

It used to be the case, in the early 2000’s. that adding the target keyword phrase in the H1 was mandatory. In the early 2000’s, if the keywords were not in the H1 heading then your site might not be so competitive.

However, Google’s ability to understand the nuances of what a page is about have come a long way since the early 2000’s.

As a consequence, it is important to listen to what Google’s John Mueller says about H1 headings.

Can Multiple H1s be Used?

The context of the question is whether a publisher is restricted to using one H1 or can multiple H1 heading tags be used.

This is the question:

“Is it mandatory to just have one H1 tag on a web page or can it be used multiple times?”

Google’s John Mueller answered that you can use as many H1s as you want. He also said you can omit using the H1 heading tag, too.

John Mueller’s answer about H1 heading tags:

“You can use H1 tags as often as you want on a page. There’s no limit, neither upper or lower bound.”

Then later on, at the end of his answer, he reaffirmed that publishers are free to choose how they want to use the H1 heading tag:

“Your site is going to rank perfectly fine with no H1 tags or with five H1 tags.”

H1 Headings Useful for Communicating Page Structure

John Mueller confirmed that H1 headings are good for outlining the page structure.

What he means is that the heading elements can work together to create a top level outline of what your page is about. That’s a macro overview of what the web page is about.

In my opinion, a properly deployed heading strategy can be useful for communicating what a page is about.

The W3c, the official body that administers HTML guidelines, offers an HTML validator that shows you the “outline” of a web page.

When validating a web page, select the “Show Outline” button. It’s a great way to see a page just by the outline that your heading elements create.

“H1 elements are a great way to give more structure to a page so that users and search engines can understand which parts of a page are kind of under different headings.

So I would use them in the proper way on a page. And especially with HTML5 having multiple H1 elements on a page is completely normal and kind of expected.”

H1 Headings and SEO

John Mueller went on to reaffirm that the lack of a headings or using many H1s was not something to worry about. This is likely due to Google doesn’t need or require H1 headings to rank a web page.

This should be obvious to anyone who works in digital marketing. Google’s search results are full of web pages that do not feature H1 headings or that use them for styling purposes (a misuse of the heading tag!).

There are correlation studies that say that XX percentage of top ranked sites use headings. But those studies ignore that modern web pages, particularly those that use WordPress templates, routinely use Headings for styling navigational elements, which will skew those correlation studies.

Here’s what Mueller observed:

“So it’s not something you need to worry about.

Some SEO tools flag this as an issue and say like Oh you don’t have any H1 tag or you have two H1 tags… from our point of view that’s not a critical issue.”

H1 Headings Useful for Usability

Mueller’s on a roll in this answer when he begins talking about heading tags in the context of usability.

I have found that, particularly for mobile, heading tags help make a web page easier to read. Properly planned headings help communicate what a web page is about to a user and visually helps break up a daunting page of text, making it easier to read.

Here’s what Mueller said:

“From a usability point of view maybe it makes sense to improve that. So it’s not that I would completely ignore those suggestions but I wouldn’t see it as a critical issue.”

Takeaways about Heading Tags

3. Heading elements are useful for usability

Updated: About Mueller’s Response

I read some feedback on Facebook that was critical of Mueller’s response. Some felt that he should have addressed more than just H1.

I believe that Mueller’s response should be seen in the context of the question that was asked. He was asked a narrow question about the H1 element and he answered it.

Technically, Mueller’s answer is correct. He answered the question that was put to him.  So I think  John should be given the benefit of that consideration.

However, I understand why some may say he should have addressed the underlying reason for the question. The person asking the question likely does not understand the proper use of heading elements.

If the person knew the basics of the use of heading elements, they wouldn’t have asked if it’s okay to drop H1 elements all over a web page. So that may have needed to be addressed.

Again, not criticizing Mueller, the context of his answer was focused on H1 elements.

The Proper Use of Heading Elements

I would add that the proper use of all the heading elements from (for example) H1 to H4 is useful. Nesting article sub-topics by using H2, H3 and sometimes H4 can be useful for making it clearer what a page is about.

The benefits of properly using H1 through H4 (your choice!) in the proper way will help communicate what the page is about which is good for bots and humans and will increase usability because it’s easier to read on mobile.

One way to do it is to use H1 for the main topic of the page then every subtopic of that main topic can be wrapped in an H2 heading element. That’s what I did on this article.

Heading Elements and Accessibility

The heading elements also play an important role with making a web page accessible to site visitors who use assistive devices to access web content.

ADA Compliance consultant, Kim Krause Berg, offered these insights from the point of view of accessibility:

Heading Elements are More than a Place for Keywords

Keyword dumping the heading tags can mask the irrelevance of content. When you stop thinking of heading tags as places to dump your keywords and start using them as headings that communicate what that section of the page is about, you’ll begin seeing what your page is really about. If you don’t like what you see you can rewrite it.

If in doubt, run your URL through the W3C HTML Validator to see how your outline looks!

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Review: Xiaomi Mi Band, Basic But Useful Wearable

Xiaomi are no strangers to diversifying their range, so when they announced their first wearable device we weren’t all that surprised, well at least to start with!

Xiaomi Mi Band Review

Compared to most companies wearables the Xiaomi MiBand is a very basic product in both design and features and in all honesty I thought it was too basic a product to even bother with, well until I actually got one that is.

The Mi Band isn’t the first wearable I have used in the past few months, the other is an LG G Watch with all the Android Wear bells and whistles you can shake a stick at, including amazing features such as a screen!! So how does the Mi Band hold up when it doesn’t even have the ability to show the time?

Xiaomi Mi Band Review – Design and specs

The Xiaomi Mi Band is designed to cost only 79 Yuan ($13) so Xiaomi had to keep functions to a minimum while ensuring the product would be useful enough to buy and comfortable enough to wear.

Main construction is rubber with a simple band and pin method of fastening. The model I have received is made of a black rubber that is comfy and lightweight. The strap is just wide enough to hug your wrist but not wide enough for heat and sweat and sweat to build up.

The rubber band comes in a range of other colours, and is there to simply hold a small alloy capsule in place. The alloy body is where the electronics live and include 3 LED notification lights, Bluetooth and tiny 41mAh battery which provides 30 days of always on usage.

To charge the Mi Band the alloy body can be pushed out of the rubber band and quickly charged via USB with the specially designed included USB charger.

As this is a fitness tracker the Mi Bands electronics have been sealed away from the elements and features IP67 water resistance.

There is also a small built-in motor which an be used as a vibration alert when an alarm is set through the Xiaomi Mi Band App. The Mi Band App also allows you to set the color of the LED notification lights (Blue, Orange, Green, Red) and generally lets you set the device up as you like.

Xiaomi Mi Band review – Mi Band App

On it’s own the Mi Band wouldn’t really be able to do anything and that’s why Xiaomi have developed an Android (and soon iOS) application for the wearable.

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When you first turn on the App you will be walked through a process of setting the Mi Band up, syncing to your phone via Bluetooth and finally setting it up how you like.

The main selling point of the Mi Band is the ability to track how many steps you walk in a day and also how much sleep you have had. The App is able to break these details down and show your results as a simple graph and pie chart.

When setting your Mi Band up you will be asked to set your walking goal for the day (I have mine set to 10,000). Each time the app is opening your phone will sync with your Mi Band and update your progress, so you don’t actually need your phone with your to track how far you have gone during the day.

The App also tracks sleep telling you how much sleep you have had and even attempting to work out how much of that was a deep sleep.

You are also able to set up alarms from the Mi Band app which will have the band vibrate to wake you and even notify you of missed calls.

According to the specs the app requires Android 4.4 Kitkat to run but I have been using it without issue on the Vivo Xshot running Android 4.3. I also tested it with the Meizu MX4 on Kitkat and although it worked, there were some issues with the Bluetooth connection (which I belive was a phone an early Flyme bug).

Xiaomi Mi Band Review – Too basic or not enough?

When I first received the Mi Band I had already become throughly fed up with the LG G Watch’s daily need for charging. But I also didn’t think that the 30 day battery life and basic feature of the Xiaomi wearable would be that useful and thought the novelty would quickly wear off.

After over a month of use though and only a single charge I can confirm that I was wrong! So very wrong!

While the functions might not offer much the simple design, ease of use, app and incredible battery life all add up to a wearable that you just wear on a daily basis without thought or concern.

The fact that their is no glass screen on the Mi Band means that I wear the little device when mountain biking, running, walking, climbing and even repairing my car without the worry I’d scratch the delicate screen.

Each day I truly do aim to beat my 10,000 step goal and I use it as proof of lack of sleep when my wife asks me to take out the trash and I complain I’m too tired. It really is a fun little device and well worth the minimal asking price.

Xiaomi Mi Band Review – Any problems?

It’s a great device but it isn’t without it’s issues. For example the model which I have been wearing doesn’t like to show me the progress of my steps via the 3 LED lights. The idea is you should be able to hold the band up to your face (much like reading the time) and the LED lights will blink telling you what progress you have made. 1 light for 1/3, 3 lights when complete. This doesn’t work for mine, but it does on the band my wife uses. Also I found all but the Blue LED are quite difficult to see on a bright day.

Another issues is the alarm feature that only buzzes 3 times and might not be enough to wake you up, so ensure you have another alarm set as a back up.

Xiaomi Mi Band Review – Conclusion

The Xiaomi Mi Band is a basic but well thought out product. It is perfect for those of you who like to keep fit as a general daily routine and also perfect for you if you just want to monitor your health.

30 day battery life and a comfortable strap really make the Mi Band a worthwhile product, and the app is nicely designed and easy to understand too.

Although this little device hasn’t got access to all the cool Android Wear features the Mi Band has earned itself a permanent place on my wrist where as the LG G Watch with all its features is currently collecting dust!

Thanks to chúng tôi for supplying us with our Mi Band for review and giveaway!

Microsoft And Apple Waging Unjust Patent War On Android Says Google

Microsoft and Apple Waging Unjust Patent War on Android Says Google

There comes a time in every great invention’s life where it has to defend itself against those who would falsely claim to have created it come hunting. Thus is the word coming out of the Google offices today via David Drummond, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for Google. He speaks harshly of both Apple and Microsoft in the following manner: “a hostile, organized campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents.” Is there any salt to Drummond’s claims? He continues to drum up some rather scary factoids in his release today, not all of them simple conjecture.

Businesses like Winstron, Onkyo, Velocity Micro, General Dynamics Itronix, and HTC have signed agreements with Microsoft to pay listening fees for each Android device sold while Barnes & Noble, Motorola, and Samsung have been sued to continue adding to these ranks. Drummond notes that a single smartphone might involve as many as 250,000 of what he calls “largely questionable” patent claims, where Google’s competitors, Drummond continues, “competitors want to impose a “tax” for these dubious patents that makes Android devices more expensive for consumers.”

What this means, if what Drummond says is true, is that instead of creating new devices with innovative features to compete with Google, its competitors are fighting through litigation. Drummond continues by noting that this “anti-competitive” strategy is taking the cost of patents and driving it WAY beyond what they’re “really worth.” For example the Notel patent portfolio recently sold for nearly five times what it was estimated at pre-auction: $1 billion to $4.5 billion at the hammer fall. Drummond notes though that “the law frowns on the accumulation of dubious patents for anti-competitive means” and that therefore as these purchases of patents and suing of manufacturers is likely to draw regulatory scrutiny and this “patent bubble” will pop.

Drummond concludes his public statement with the following:

We’re not naive; technology is a tough and ever-changing industry and we work very hard to stay focused on our own business and make better products. But in this instance we thought it was important to speak out and make it clear that we’re determined to preserve Android as a competitive choice for consumers, by stopping those who are trying to strangle it.

We’re looking intensely at a number of ways to do that. We’re encouraged that the Department of Justice forced the group I mentioned earlier to license the former Novell patents on fair terms, and that it’s looking into whether Microsoft and Apple acquired the Nortel patents for anti-competitive means. We’re also looking at other ways to reduce the anti-competitive threats against Android by strengthening our own patent portfolio. Unless we act, consumers could face rising costs for Android devices — and fewer choices for their next phone.

What do you think? Does Google have a point, or are those with the patents the ones who have the right to get the patent cash?

[via Google]

Best Portable Audio Recording? Zoom H1 Review

Before actually owning the zoom h1, I did do my own research on the product. Everyone’s conclusion was that it felt like a cheap toy. However, I feel as though, while it is all plastic, it still feels sturdy.  I have dropped this mic before and it has yet to crack. (I hope it doesn’t of course!)  And upside to it being all plastic is that it is very light. The build itself is a very small mic intended for on the go usage. It might just be me, but there is something satisfying when you can buy an a product for use, and not have to worry about it getting scuffed up. Coming in an all plastic and cheap form actually makes me want to bring it around more. I toss it into my bag and go. And I think that’s a very important factor when considering this type of product to buy. Just don’t expect a tank when your buying this product. Keep in mind the satisfying buying price of it and you won’t have any complaints.

To be blunt the sound is fantastic.  With an onboard mic that you get with your typical DSLR, you’ll notice the sound levels are not equal. Every now and then I would record a conversation with two people, and while they are at the same exact distance from the camera, every now and then one voice would be extremely high while the other would be low.– Not with the zoom h1. If I aim the mic correctly, the audio is not only equal, but it is also accurate.Another problem that I had before using the Zoom h1 was the fact that my onboard mic picked up a certain humming noise in the background. The h1, as im sure many if not all external mics, fix this problem.  The Zoom h1 mic also removed the audio echo that I received with many other cameras. (Especially webcams)

I do not have a wind filter, as it does not come with one, but I have noticed, to no surprised, that in semi-windy condition, without a wind filter, it does pick up a lot of wind noise.  A LOT. Not a negative thing, that’s typical, but don’t be put off by it and buy a wind filter. (If you intend to work in windy conditions)

The Zoom H1 does cannot be directly connected into your camera. You must manually sync you audio. It could be a major pain, and it is something you definitely want to consider. I believe in the new Final Cut Pro X there is a way to automatically sync the audio, but even then, I would of course rather just have the audio recorded right into our DSLR. If this is a problem, you might want to consider the Zoom H1′s big brother: the Zoom H4n.

The zoom consumes only one AA battery, but I still wish it had a charging feature.  It also does have  tripod screw in so if you have an extra tripod you can mount it equally to your camera.

For a budget mic, I think it is a great product.  I do envy the Zoom H4n, but considering the price this product it is going for, I can’t complain much. It’s a mic, that I use to supplement everything, my DSLR, my webcam, and sometimes even my phone. The only downside I would have to say is, again, you have to manually sync the audio in post production. So do I recommend this mic? Yes, yes I do!

The Zoom H1, your portable audio recorder now the perfect supplement to any DSLR or video recording device. Small and affordable, but what does all of that sacrifice?

Here Are Some Google Assistant Updates Coming To Google Hardware

Along with the launch of new Google hardware this week, there are many Google Assistant updates on the way.

A lot of the Google Assistant updates will hit Google hardware first, but many will come to all Android devices eventually.

It’s clear Google is continuing to go all-in as an “AI first” company.

The long-awaited Google hardware event took place on Tuesday, but we’re still unpacking a lot of the updates and announcements from the company. Today, Google published a laundry list of all the various Google Assistant updates coming to various pieces of Google hardware.

Missed the Pixel 3 event? Catch up in four minutes with this video!


To be clear, a lot of these Google Assistant updates will hit Google-branded devices first, especially the Google Pixel 3 and Google Home Hub. However, at some point in the future most (if not all) of these updates will roll out to capable Android devices.

Those of you who already pre-ordered your Google Pixel 3 or Google Home Hub should check out the list below as it will give you an idea of all the cool new tricks you’ll have access to. Those of you who passed on the new Google devices should also check out the list because you’ll likely eventually see these features (and will just have to be jealous of early adopters in the meantime).

Smart Displays

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As previously mentioned, Google launched the Google Home Hub on Tuesday, the first Google-branded smart display and one of only three smart displays on the market powered by the Google Assistant (the other two being the JBL Link View and the Lenovo Smart Display). Although the updates below are coming to the Google Home Hub (and Google really wants you to know that), the features are also coming to the other two, non-Google devices.

You can now use Google Assistant to create multi-room audio using your smart speakers, which includes the Google Home Hub.

The new Live Albums from Google Photos uses Assistant to create photo albums on-the-fly based on people, locations, or topics you want to see.

The new Home View layout will allow you to easily see the status of your smart home with a quick swipe down from the top of your smart display. This is also coming to the Android Google Home app.

Google Assistant can now control more smart devices and can do so from within the Google Home app or your smart display interface. No more app switching!

The various tools within Digital Wellbeing are coming to smart displays.


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It’s very clear — despite the hilarious objections from Samsung — that Google loves the new Pixel 3 smartphones and thinks you will love them as well. That’s why nearly all of the new Google Assistant updates for phones are coming to Pixel 3 first. Some will then later come to the other Pixel smartphones, and then eventually roll out to Android at large.

Google Assistant will screen your calls using Google Duplex technology. You’ll be able to see a real-time transcription of the call.

Using Duplex once again, you will be able to book restaurant reservations in select areas of the U.S. (with more to come later).

See a visual snapshot of your day right in the Google Assistant interface. This snapshot is catered specifically to you and your schedule and will be available for all smartphones, not just Pixels.

You can use Google Assistant within the lock screen if you opt-in to the service on your Pixel 3.

All these updates confirm Google is going all-in with Google Assistant and sticking to its new “AI first” mantra.

NEXT: Google Assistant is now bilingual and has new Chromecast abilities

Salesforce Not Working In Google Chrome

Salesforce is one of the most popular CRM software products available for users. If this software stops working on computers, it could lead to work stoppage for companies. If Salesforce is not working in your Google Chrome browser, then please read through this article for the solutions.

Salesforce not working in Google Chrome

The issue with Salesforce not working across all popular browsers is well-known. While it is attributed to a bug associated with Chromium-based browsers, the problem could have many more reasons like a corrupt cache system. The problem occurs when you try to load the Salesforce page and it shows blank on the browser.

If you encounter the Salesforce issue with Google Chrome, try the following solutions sequentially:

Clear browser cache and cookies

Enable cookies on the Google Chrome browser

Update Google Chrome to the latest version

Isolate the case with extensions and add-ons

1] Clear browser cache and cookies

Before proceeding with any other solution, try clearing the browser cache and cookies to make sure that you are isolating the cause. In case the cache files are corrupt, deleting them and restarting the browser will help pick the Salesforce website as a fresh website.

2] Enable cookies on the Google Chrome browser

Third-party cookies are blocked by default on the Google Chrome browser. It will have to be enabled separately. When you open a website which requires cookies to be enabled, you will get the prompt for the same and then you can enable them each time the website is opened. In case you miss that notification, the procedure to enable cookies is as follows.

Open Google Chrome.

In the Settings window, go to the Privacy and security tab on the list on the left-hand side.

In the right-pane, scroll down and select Site Settings.

Then scroll down and select Cookies and site data.

Shift the radio button to Allow all cookies.

3] Update Google Chrome to the latest version

A lot of issues with the Google Chrome browser are caused because the version is obsolete. You can resolve this case by updating Google Chrome to the latest version.

Google Chrome will start updating itself and you can restart the browser once the process has completed.

4] Isolate the case with extensions and add-ons

If extensions and add-ons are causing the problem, you can isolate this cause as follows.

Open Google Chrome.


This will open Google Chrome in Incognito mode.

Check if Salesforce works fine in the incognito mode.

If it does, then the issue is probably with the extensions. The reason is that the incognito mode doesn’t involve extensions.

If it works in incognito mode, try the following.

Open Google Chrome.

Select Settings from the list.

In the left pane, select Extensions.

In the Extensions window, you can enable and disable extensions using the switch associated with it. Use hit and trial to figure out the problematic extension and then remove it.

Other than the above-mentioned solutions, there are certain policies on administrator-managed systems which can cause the problem. For this, please consult the IT administrator of your organization.

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What is Salesforce used for?

Salesforce is used for Customer Relationship Management. It allows you to manage the support, sales, and marketing for your business efficiently and easily. The real benefit is that the software uses cloud technology, so you can access your data anywhere.

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Why does everyone use Salesforce?

Mostly smaller and mid-level companies use Salesforce. The reason is that it eliminates the need of top-level technicians. The software can be learned by laymen and the servers are cloud-based, thus affordable.

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