Page Title and Header 1 Checker [beta]
What is the Title and H1 Page Checker?
What this tool does is tell you exactly what the Page Title (<title>) and Heading 1 (<h1>) tags are on the provided web page. If all goes well, you should get 2 green check marks and no orange warnings or red x's. This is not a keyword research tool. Rather, by looking at these 2 tags, you should have a clear notion of what the page is about. In other words, the two tags should compliment each other, and are a great place for your most important keywords.
Note that just because something looks like a Heading 1, it might not be marked up with a proper <h1> tag. Designers can make things that look like headings to the human eye, but not to search engines. In short, you should take advantage of the weight that search engines place on the Heading 1 tag (and the Title tag). If you discover pages on your web site that don't have the proper markup, it's no cause to yell. Rather, just take care of it it. Many people, designers included, just don't know about this stuff. I've certainly found some slop in my old work thanks to this simple tool.
What's the deal with Page Title (<title>) and Heading 1 (<h1>) tags?
One of my favorite sources of search engine information is the SEO Book by Aaron Wall. One of the things Mr. Wall says can really impact any website's search performance is the wise use of Page Title (<title>) and Heading 1 (<h1>) tags. Your Page Title tag should have your focused keywords/phrases in it, with the most important at the beginning. Your Heading 1 tag should reinforce your title tag. You should only have one Heading 1 tag. And please, sound like a person, not a keyword regurgitator.
This is beta software - please let me know of any weirdness by leaving me a note in the comments section of the accompanying blog entry. Likewise, suggestions for improvements (and thank-you's) are appreciated as well.