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Re: Why Validate? page Buries the lead

From: Dan Dreifort <uncoolcentral@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2016 16:20:53 -0700
To: David Dorward <david@dorward.me.uk>
Cc: "Jukka K. Korpela" <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>, www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <56F1D355.9080401@gmail.com>
On 3/22/2016 10:18 AM, David Dorward wrote:
> On 22 Mar 2016, at 16:36, Dan Dreifort wrote:
>
>> Quick search shows a test writhing the last month
>> https://www.google.com/search?q=seo+valid+code&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari
>
> The top hit when I visit that URL is from 6 months ago describing a test from 2007.
>
> Google search URLs are not very useful as references since they (a) change and (b) are personalised to the individual making the request.
>

I've been doing SEO for more than a decade and while my own experiments 
aren't well documented, they indicated a benefit for validation. Given, 
those experiments were years ago, and used extremely error-laden pages 
vs. valid code.

Another logic trail:
If:
invalid code can result in a poor UX
and perhaps poorer performance
and both of those can hurt SEO
then valid code benefits SEO.

Page speed matters:
https://webmasters.googleblog.com/2010/04/using-site-speed-in-web-search-ranking.html

Usability matters
https://support.google.com/adsense/answer/6196932?hl=en
(that's just one example from the horse's mouth.)

...I'm not sure how much more I'm willing to lobby for this though.

I understand if presented evidence doesn't cut it.

-DD
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