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Compliance with section 508 = trust

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by SweTech, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. SweTech

    SweTech Power Member

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    I spoke with a good friend of mine. He work over at the big G. He is not in any way one of their executives or something but we still tend to avoid talking work when we see each other due to obvious reasons.

    However.. we met yesterday and he told me something rather funny before we went our separate ways. He said.. Jacob, when you create your websites, do not forget about the handicapped.

    The only thing I can read in to that line is that Google will (or already do) give trust to a website which comply with the guidelines in section 508, i.e. provide a certain level of accessibility.

    When you think about it, it actually make sense since almost only larger corporations and government websites care about these things.

    Hence.. this can be good to remember when you are building authority sites, no matter what field you are in.

    Below you find a link with more information on how to make sure your website comply to these guidelines.

    http://www.hhs.gov/web/policies/checklisthtml.html
     
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    I will set to work making my anal fisting and dp sites accessible by the handicapped. Thanks for the suggestion :)
     
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  3. Rushdie

    Rushdie BANNED BANNED

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    this is very interesting, but its just a guess that google will glorify our website by doing this
     
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    wow, i dont think google really care's about it, great thougth tho..
     
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    Of course. SEO is, as you know, based on guesses and trial and error. Also, a Google employee, no matter on what level - who give you an advice. I think that is as good source as any.

    Also, it doesn´t do you any harm. Worst case scenario is that you have made your website easier to access to people with sight disabilities, hence getting more converting customers in the long run.
     
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    Another way to think about it, Google essentially looks at your site through a screen reader. Anything you do that improves accessibility, improves what Google can tell about your site. This used to be frequently talked about in web design and SEO, now people seem to ignore it for some unknown reason(s).
     
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    Your really important share did not get much attention because I dont think anyone could understand what it is. Some random .gov site saying you need this and that. I do not think anyone will take that advice. But on another note, thanks for the post. Reminds me that I need to keep reading outside of this forum as well.
     
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    never thought about it, bookmarked that page, and gonna do some tests for sure.
     
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    yes thats true and im planning to implement this on my important white hat websites. thanks
     
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    A quick skim of that list shows that it's a good list to follow - apart from accessibility, most of the points are things you should be doing if you're creating valid xhtml and putting out sites that follow the "semantic web" methodology. Thanks for the share and the idea.

    Stylesheets for the vision and hearing impaired are also an excellent way to stuff more hidden content into the page. ;)

    I reckon anything you can do to show your site is "quality" is a good idea - stuff like having a proper terms of service, privacy policy, contact page etc (all the Adwords quality score stuff basically).