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HTML Markup Validity: How Important is This?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by hellonwheels, May 22, 2012.

  1. hellonwheels

    hellonwheels Junior Member

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    Looks like I have a problem!

    I checked my site HTML code at http://validator.w3.org/ and all the pages are shown as Invalid.
    One page for example has 93 errors and 8 warnings.
    How big of a problem is this in terms of getting this page ranked high in google?
    I am having trouble achieving this feat.
    Does having valid code have anything to do with having an "accessible" site, which is what google wants to see.

    Thanks very much
     
  2. alex-19841

    alex-19841 Regular Member

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    This video from Google should help to answer your question;

     
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  3. oxonbeef

    oxonbeef BANNED BANNED

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    I like to get my sites as good as I can get.
     
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    jstorm Registered Member

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    I went through and validated thousands of my pages and can't really say it helped, although I'd rather they were valid than not. I think it's a good thing to do but wouldn't lose any sleep over it, either. I've looked at some PR 5 and 6 sites that came up in top 5 results that are a validation nightmare, too. Go figure! :confused::confused:
     
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  5. hellonwheels

    hellonwheels Junior Member

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    W3C validation is indirectly related to SEO and does not affect SERP's ranking directly.
    Since, W3C validation means free from code all code errors, It increases -
    - the visibility of a website on other browsers
    - credibility of your website

    The website becomes compatible with all browsers, thus one can target
    - vast audience
    - physically impaired people
    - people who use portable devices for surfing
     
  7. monk13

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    once upon a time, perfectly valid code helped your ranking, so did absoletely flawless onpage seo, every box ticked perfectly on the checklist
    however...
    that meant that these things eventually became a signal that you are a competent seo pro, and for google to look at your site a little closer because of this.
    kinda like how if you have a bunch of keywords in your meta tags, it used to signal that you should rank for these words and phrases,
    now it signals that these are the words and phrases that they should pay extra attention to looking for attempts to manipulate rankings of

    believe it or not, the persian rug philosophy is best in this case.
    introduce little imperfections, purposely. do this to throw off over optimization analysis, and do it in such a way that it doesn't effect user experience.

    for example. i haven't used meta keywords tag in years, and i have no difficulties ranking sites for keywords (i still use description tag tho)
    i never put a / at the end of an image source call
    i seldom put a / in my line breaks
    little things like that make google put you on a different grading scale than a flawlessly coded site, and it's an easier curve :)