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.

Exactly.

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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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