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Is clean W3C error code part of many search engines ranking factors?

   
11:27 am on Nov 17, 2011 (gmt 0)



I know W3C validator is an old practice that many are neglecting.

However, just for safer side, asking, is it important to validate site’s code QA with W3C?
How does code compliance affect ranking?

Anyone use this free W3C Markup Validation Service - [validator.w3.org ]
2:08 pm on Nov 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I use it extensively as my hand coding occasionally types letters in places they shouldn't be.

My justification is at a lower level than ranking: eliminating the potential for bot crawl errors in broken coding. If they can't crawl it you'll never get a chance to rank.

Code bloat has been cited in other threads here as relating to page speed which Google has said is now one of the many factors they take into account in determining ranking. People back away (bounce rate) from slow pages too.
2:10 pm on Nov 17, 2011 (gmt 0)



Validation does not affect ranking and I don't see why it should. Ranking is about content, not coding.
2:31 pm on Nov 17, 2011 (gmt 0)



I use it extensively as my hand coding occasionally types letters in places they shouldn't be.


Have you been borrowing my fingers and text pad? :-)

If you check Google.com you get 37 Errors, 2 warning(s).
2:32 pm on Nov 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Instead of asking if validation is a significant ranking factor I suggest you research this yourself. Take several keywords and see how many of the top ranking sites have 100% validation.

Doing research for simpler things will give you solid information and educate you to ask better questions that are not so easy to research.
10:33 pm on Nov 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Validated code might not help ranking but broken non-valid code can stop parts of pages being indexed, can cause links to vanish from the visible page and therefore never be clicked and can stop parts of your content appearing in some browsers. Having got the visitor to your site, you don't want to present a broken page.
 

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