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Does the DIV tag trip the Google Spiders?

DIV tags need less code than TABLEs

     
7:02 pm on Jan 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have found that using the DIV tag is simpler and uses far less HTML code than TABLEs. Does the DIV tag trip up the Google Spider?
9:00 pm on Jan 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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To answer your question, no.
10:42 pm on Jan 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Nope. My entire site is made out of divs. I love going tableless :D
11:07 pm on Jan 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Reducing the amount of HTML code (for the same amount of content) on a page will probably make it easier for the bots to spider it. Just make sure that there are no typos in the HTML code - especially unclosed tags, and nesting errors.
12:23 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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<div>'s have a major advantage over tables from a SEO standpoint. Tables are read left-to-right, top-to-bottom, period. <div>'s, on the other hand, can be displayed in a different order than they appear in the code.
12:29 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Definitely not. Using strict html and CSS helps me reduce my code-to-text ratio and consequently increase my rankings.

Just make sure your HTML validates [validator.w3.org] (or at least comes close to validating) to avoid confusing spiders.

12:34 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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There are some naughty div's around.
12:39 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yeah, like keyword stuffed ones, that are absolutely positioned some place down the road in another building (or at least waaaay off the edge of the current users screen).

Google will eventually catch up with that and apply some sort of scorched-earth policy to all of those sites.

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Yeah, but you could equally apply that technique with a <table> or a <h1> or a <p> (and I'm sure many do). Point is that Google won't punish you soley for using a div.