Clean Code and Google – SEO Bytes

I have an online pal who is pretty disciplined when it comes to making sure her code is up to par.

Me … I slap and run. I figure as long as the page renders well in various versions of IE and Firefox – and the code is not too heavy and funky – I’m good to go. Besides, have you ever tried to validate a page with affiliate links on it? {mucho-time-waster}

Here’s an interesting tidbit I found over at SEOmoz Blog:

W3C Valid Code & Google

Matt Cutts:

We can’t throw out 40% of the web on the principle that sites should validate; we have to take the web as it is and try to make it useful to searchers, so Google’s index parsing is pretty forgiving.



I've been trying to find my way online for more years than I care to admit.

7 thoughts to “Clean Code and Google – SEO Bytes”

  1. Point taken Mark ;).

    But I’m still not spending a lifetime trying to get affiliate links to validate :P.

  2. Your point was good as well and one I hadn’t considered, no need to get compulsive about validation. The world still spins.

  3. I think that sums it up for me Mark. I do make *some* effort to get clean code, but if things get crazy – I just can’t justify the time to make everything perfect.

    This was a good topic though. I’m bending a bit. Maybe I should allow myself an 1/2 hr – 1 hour to try to validate, rather than the current 5 minutes I give myself ;).

  4. After awhile the validation started getting easier for me, now it’s a breeze.

    It’s everything that comes after having a site that validates that is the question mark for me 🙂

    Hence a subscription to this site (via buildingmyempire)

  5. I went and checked my gift basket site… to validate it… and OMG it looked terrible. Upon further inspection – it was mostly my affiliate links that didn’t do it for me…. and I don’t know if it’s worth my time to try to validate them. I’m pondering…. 🙂

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