aristotle - 11:15 am on Mar 14, 2013 (gmt 0)
I think that what you recommend (<p> tag) is how I will code Remembering My Summer Vacation. And would it be okay to make the text size of this bigger? I can have a few classes for paragraphs in an external style sheet, one for a regular paragraph and another for the few words at the top, and make the latter one a larger text size.
That sounds like a good approach to me. Although I don't think you need a special class for "regular paragraphs", if that's what you meant, but rather you can just specify the <p> properties in the usual way.
For the signature, can I use one <p> tag and do the following:
That should be okay except you should use <br /> instead of <br/>.
<p>For more information about this subject, go to <a href="URL"><strong>this article</strong></a>.</p>
Would you make the text size of this sentence the same as that of the 3 regular paragraphs? Also, by putting the anchor text in a <strong> tag or <b> tag, do you think that it could be seen as over optimization? Maybe if the anchor text is a keyword phrase. If you say that the text size of this paragraph should be bigger than the 3 regular paragraphs, then the anchor text will be bigger, and it will be in bold. If a keyword phrase is used, could it be over optimization?
Well I can't tell you what Google considers to be over-optimization. As I said, I like to make anchor text bolder so that it is easier to click on. (After all, doesn't Google always tell us to design for users, not for search engines?) Also, if you're really worried about over-optimization, you might be able to trick the algorithm by using the css font-size and font-weight properties.
Can I put images in the body text section inside a <div> tag or should I use a <p> tag or something else?
Here is the code that I like to use for images:
<div style="max-width: 500px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; padding: 10px; text-indent: 0px">
<center><img src="Image URL" width="100%" alt="Alt Text" /></center>
This tells the browser to shrink the image down to fit screens that are less than 500 pixels wide. I think that some mobile browsers may do this anyway, but not sure that all do