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We'd like to congratulate The Bank Lofts for being the winner of this month's free site hosting. At the beginning of each month we will call up our own site's homepage. Whomever's site is the featured site when the page loads will get FREE hosting of one domain for one month. It's just our way of saying thank you.
We see it all the time. A new client comes to our office with the "same" story - My son/brother/sister/friend is a whiz with a computer and created a Web site for us. The problem is our site can't be found on Google and we're getting no visitors.
Though it looks easy to create a Web site, it's quite a different story if you want to design a professionally looking site that will pass Google's validation criteria...and all Web sites should strive to keep Herr Google happy.
Google has said that valid HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) code in a Web site is a quality signal and they will give a bit of a boost in the rankings for a professionally designed and created Web site.
Why does validation matter? There are different perspectives on validation—at Google there are different approaches and priorities too—but the Webmaster Team considers validation a baseline quality attribute. It doesn't guarantee accessibility, performance, or maintainability, but it reduces the number of possible issues that could arise and in many cases indicates appropriate use of technology.
What is valid HTML code? Most web pages are written in HTML. As for every language, HTML has its own grammar, vocabulary and syntax, and every document written in HTML is supposed to follow these rules. Like any language, HTML is constantly changing. As HTML has become a relative complex language, it's very easy to make mistakes. HTML code that is not following the official rules is called invalid HTML code.
Why is valid HTML code important?
Search engines have to parse the HTML code of your Web site to find the
relevant content. If your site's HTML code contains errors, search engines might
not be able to find everything on the page.
Search engine crawler programs obey the HTML standard. They can only rank
your Web site fairly if it is compliant to the HTML standard. If there's a mistake
in your Web page code, they might stop crawling your Web site and they might
lose what they've collected so far because of the error.
Although most major search engines can deal with minor errors in HTML code, a single missing bracket in your HTML code can be the reason if your Web page cannot be found in search engines. If you don't close some tags properly, or if some important tags are missing, search engines might ignore the complete content of that page.
Valid HTML code makes it easier for search engine spiders to index your
site. Checking the HTML code of your Web pages only takes a few minutes but
it will have a major impact on the accessibility of your Web pages. If your
site is older than three years, we'd advise you to contact us and check your
site for HTML validity.
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