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November 24th, 2008, 05:07 AM #1W3C validation and off-page SEO
Can the errors and warnings in W3C validation impede off-page SEO efforts?
For example I will do some link building for my web-page that has hundreds of warnings and few errors. Does that mean my link building campaign is not going to be productive?
November 24th, 2008, 05:48 AM #2
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for Google.com 62 Errors, 8 warning(s)
for Yahoo.com 34 Errors, 8 warning(s)
What do you think? They are not going to penalize others if they can't validate their own site. I don't care myself, as long as my sites look good and are functional in the main browsers.
November 24th, 2008, 07:20 AM #3
i try to fix the errors where possible, but am less concerned about the warnings. look at the errors how many are just in link urls? fix what you can is my gutt instinct ;-)
November 24th, 2008, 08:59 AM #4
Google does not penalize sites for technical or html errors, but it can hinder the bots crawling the pages. The biggest hindrance to SEO is building pages with mixed rules such as a doctype that doesn't match the coding or a missing or incomplete doctype declaration. Mixing in XHTML only elements on a page with HTML 3.0 coding can prevent a spider from completely crawling the page, sometimes they never get past the <head>.
Validation errors are important to correct, warnings are telling you that it is not right but most bots can get through it.
The best part about coding correctly is that your pages look the same on all (modern) browsers.
November 24th, 2008, 10:02 AM #5
November 25th, 2008, 09:48 AM #6
thanks, a lot a lot! What I also heard is :W3C validation almost not important at all. It doesn't take into account any on-page SEO at all. W3C validation shows the same number of errors like I have for 99,999% of sites in the internet.
November 25th, 2008, 11:50 AM #7W3C validation almost not important at all. It doesn't take into account any on-page SEO at all.
For Google's concern a page full of junk phrases works very well although visitors would run away if they saw it.
May 26th, 2009, 11:59 AM #8
I've learned to clean the code as I create blog pages and posts. This way it makes it easy to keep it clean.
It can also be confusing if you get errors on a particular page or post, then eventually realize the bad code is in the sidebar pages instead of the actual page.
Anyway, keep it clean as you go and it's a cinch to be error free.
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