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How To Use and Create SubHeadings

What is a Subheading?

A subheading is a title for a paragraph. It encapsulates what the following paragraph is about. The question "What is a Subheading?" is an actual subheading in this article.

Why Are Subheadings Useful?

Subheadings are useful for the reader because they give an indication of what the article is about. If my article has an ambiguous title, such as "putting it to bed", which could be mentioning printing a newspaper or planting seeds or finishing something off, then the subheadings can quickly show the reader what the article covers. Subheadings are also useful for the writer , because they give you a structure on which to base the article, so you cover all the points you want to focus on. Most importantly, subheadings are good for SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) because they help search engines, such as Google, to index your article and determine what it is about. Google would be less likely to know whether to put the "bed" article into "household goods", "publishing" or "gardening" categories without subheadings.

Create a Subheading on PersonaPaper

In HTML, you can create a subheading by using the <H2> </H2> command and placing your text between the two H2 commands, as <H2>This is a subtitle</H2> The first command STARTS the subtitle and the second ends it, otherwise everything youwrite would be a subheading. By the way, the H2 commands do not take effect in this article because you have to click on the <>symbol in the menu bar above in order to write HTML.

In PersonaPaper all you have to do to create a subheading is to put your cursor anywhere in the line you want to be the subheading and click on the H2 command in the menu bar. You can also create su sub headings and sub sub sub headings by using H3, H4, H5 etc.

(c)MegL My own screenshot

Image Credit » (c) MegL my own screenshot

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CoralLevang wrote on September 18, 2015, 7:58 AM

So, what does the H1 through H6 mean? What is the difference between them all?

MegL wrote on September 18, 2015, 8:05 AM

H1 is a main heading. I don't use that because it is usually for a title of an article. Each further number makes the subheading smaller, so they become sub sub headings, dividing up a paragraph into further sub topics. I tend only to use H2 and occasionally H3. If you are writing your own HTML, you can define how they look, for instance, one might be italic, another underlined, etc.

VinceSummers wrote on September 18, 2015, 8:27 AM

Is there an advantage to using these tags instead of simply spacing and bolding a subheading? Do you think it rates better?

bestwriter wrote on September 18, 2015, 8:50 AM

I have become so lazy that I have an easy approach that does not have headings and subheadings. (lo)

MegL wrote on September 18, 2015, 8:56 AM

According to good SEO practice, yes, it does help, more so than just bolding. However, anything that helps the search engines "understand the page" will help.

wolfgirl569 wrote on September 18, 2015, 9:32 AM

That is good to know but I doubt I will use it. Never know tho

VinceSummers wrote on September 18, 2015, 9:58 AM

THAT's what I wanted to know! Thanks. That will enable me to adjust my 200 or so articles on for (hopefully) better results.

Feisty56 wrote on September 18, 2015, 11:03 AM

I appreciate this information. I realize I had known it in the past, but because I didn't apply it right away, the knowledge became stored on a dusty shelf in my mind. No more dust now, thank you. : )

markgraham wrote on September 18, 2015, 11:26 AM

I read your article and the comments and i think you should be a workshop leader teaching basic computer instruction.

MegL wrote on September 18, 2015, 3:05 PM

LOL, I spent 13 years as a trainer in a large organisation, a long time ago, part of it running basic computer courses.

Kasman wrote on September 18, 2015, 3:34 PM

Persona Paper is a very versatile site in that we are allowed a certain amount of access to the coding of posts (although not everything you try will work). I have experimented with one or two ''tricks'' and have found that it is possible to virtually completely personalise the style of a post to suit your own tastes - within certain limits, of course.

markgraham wrote on September 18, 2015, 6:57 PM

I spent 13 years as a psychiatric nurse and two years before that as a nurse's aide. I guess you would not consider going back to teaching as I would not go back to nursing.

VinceSummers wrote on September 19, 2015, 7:24 AM

#MegL, once again thanks for the tip. I have already succeeded in changing over 100 of my articles' subheadings. Normally Fridays are not a well-paying day for me on AdSense. Yet I made $3.45 yesterday. Coincidence? Hopefully not. Typically 50 cents, say.

MegL wrote on September 19, 2015, 2:00 PM

I hope it wasn't coincidence, but I suspect it may be. Let's see if other Fridays keep this up. Hope so emoticon :grin:

VinceSummers wrote on September 20, 2015, 8:27 AM

So far so good on the subheads, but do you know if there is an optimal size to images, or the way they are listed (I use WordPress)? I am mobile friendly, but currently use photos that are roughly 300 x 300 to 400 by 400 max.