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In other words, what does it matter if text is inside a bunch of tags -- surely it's a simple matter to strip all tags before analyzing the text?
If they give lower weight to tables maybe it's just a cumulative effect with nesting.
Just an idea...
BTW, just for clarity sake, I am talking about tables, and not frames.
In new sites, I mostly use CSS with absolutely positioned divs for layout, rather than tables -- but tables still come in very handy from time to time. I love CSS, because I can get the best content at the top of the HTML file, no matter what is going on in the page layout visually. Can;t wait until browser support stabilizes.
Brett I'm not so sure about that! Even so if that were true best to limit your table table tags. I have always taken out the 2nd,3rd, or 4th potential <table> tags and replaced them with proper <tr><td> tags.
IF..and it's a big if (in my opinion) they are trying to outthink the TABLE TAGS (and they put the least weight on the actual <table> tag then if one were concerned about this one would eliminate most of the table tags and replace with TR TD TH tags (Of course you still need at least 1 set of <Table> tags.
But in observation..I would have to say 7-10 of ALL the #1 Ranked sites for ANY Keyword have much TABLE Tags.
It's just the content inside the lower level tables that takes a hit. But top level content would still get plenty of SE weight -- hence the number of top rated sites we see with nested tables. Those pages rank well for their top level text, page titles, etc. but not for the deeply nested content.
Is this a right understanding?
This is what I've always thought, but if anyone has a different opinion I'd be grateful to hear it.
I've got to add some extra text to a well ranked page, and was thinking of intentionally burying it deep inside nested tables so as to hide it somewhat from spiders.
If you do this, I'd really appreciate a report after 60 days or so.