pageoneresults - 1:34 pm on Feb 16, 2011 (gmt 0)
Let's have a contest...
Put your money where your mouth is. ;)
Anyone want to wager who's site ranks better? Really, off the top of your head who do you think wins the contest?
Your example has flaws. Let's do it this way. Let's make both sites equal from an inbound link perspective. But, let's make one valid, the other invalid, with certain HTML errors. Who do you think wins that contest - huh?
Pleaaaaaaase stop giving people really bad advice, please. Validated code doesn't even count.
You know, I'm willing to place a rather "large" wager on this. I'm tired of folks dissing validation and ignoring the underlying reasoning. It's like having a performance vehicle and telling the owner that "you don't need a tune (validation), you have nitrous (links), you'll kick their arse." You just might in the short-term. But, in the long-run, who is going to withstand the test of time?
Stop giving people bad advice?
There are probably at least 2-3 folks reading this topic whom I've taken through an HTML ground up renovation. If you saw their results after performing these renovations, you might tend to think otherwise. If you folks are around, please do chime in and let these naysayers know what happened. Especially the one that has 100k+ visitors per day. ;)
This isn't off topic...
Ever see a blank page in cache and wonder why it isn't displaying properly? I have and 9 out of 10 times it was HTML errors that prevented the page from displaying.