|Let me start by asking one simple question. Would you turn in a
resume to the job of your dreams, without spell checking it? If
the answer is anything but no, then move along please, this
article won't interest you. For those of us that would say yes,
we must ask ourselves why we would not validate our web pages
before turning them loose to the search engine spiders?
W3C the World Wide Web Consortium has set standards for a
reason. It is so that there can be protocols and guidelines
recommendations, set to ensure long term growth of the
Internet. What does that mean to you? It means that the W3C is
looking out for us. The want to make sure that some genius
doesn't come along and completely revamp the way a browser looks
at a web page, hence making ours unreadable. It also provides us
a means of writing code that will look the same, or very similar
across several browsers.
How does code validation effect search engine
It effects SEO for many reasons. Foremost, it provides easy to
read code for the "spiders." Most search engine spiders are
programmed to read code according to W3C. Although search
engines are pretty good about overlooking most of our common
errors, we are also pretty good about putting out some pretty
sloppy code. What happens to our web page, if a spider comes
across a tag that it doesn't recognize? There is a good chance
that it may skip that section of the page, or even worse, move
away from the page completely.
What are the benefits of validating the code?
Aside from just putting out a piece of work that is correct, it
also shows an interested person, that you do things right, and
you take pride in your work.
Here are some other things.
1. It ensures that your code conforms to the World Wide Web
2. Less chance that your visitors will run into problems with
your web pages, because of code errors
3. Makes file sizes smaller and more easily understood by search
engine spiders, thus making your website easier to index
4. Making sure that your site is Indexed the way you intend,
ensures that you get the search engine ranking that you deserve
5. Enables visitors to experience your website in many browsers,
the same way you see it
Ok, so how do we validate our pages?
After you have designed your page, and you think that you have
it correct, make sure that you have declared a doctype. Here is
a list of recommended doctypes.
Next, you can go to many different places online to have your
code validated. If you are using an editor, such as Dreamweaver,
some versions even have a built in validator. I prefer validate
directly from the W3C. Once you are validated, you get a
nifty little icon from them to show that you have validated.
About the author:
Jamey Perkins has spent the last few years working in website design. He is
currently studying SEO techniques to further provide better
service to his web design clients. You can visit his website on
Optimization and learn more about his techniques.
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