WEB What do CSS layouts have to do with SEO?

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  1. Kevin

    Kevin New Member

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    I see this mentioned quite often. Is it that search engines can simply read CSS layouts better than tables?

    Something like this: "Since Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is very important to websites, these CSS layout has been optimized to give you the best possible search engine results."
     
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    Rawrsome RAWR

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    Well, one thing inherent to css is the separation of content and style, which means that the search engines have less to wade through to find your content. The xml nature of xhtml is really good at presenting data and I'm sure it's easier for search engines.

    That's my best guess at least.
     
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    Kevin New Member

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    Makes sense
     
  4. whomadewho

    whomadewho Ohhh FCN Ohhhhh FCN!

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    yeah. less junk to search through for spiders and probably more reasons smarter people know
     
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    2ofdem OT Supporter

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    Different tags have different weighting on search engines also so making sure a <h1> isnt a huge obnoxious heading you can use css.
     
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    source order. page size. semantics.
     
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    symptic I run companies

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    Bingo.

    You can place the content nearer the top of the HTML file.
    It reduces the file size by drawing from the source files.
     
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    95vr4 OT Supporter

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    exactly... When I completely disable css (with the web developer toolbar for firefox) on a site layed out with css, you can still navigate and read the site just fine, it's just plain text.

    ^^ That's the key
     
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    That too...which comes back to separation of content and style.

    Not sure about file size and seo though, google's very good to me with one of our sites that's above average file size
     
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    symptic I run companies

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    It's not the actual file size that Google cares about. It's just that larger filesizes are typically carrying excess code, which makes it harder for GoogleBot to find all the relevant content.
     
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    content to code ratio ftw
     
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    symptic I run companies

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    :werd:
     
  13. Kevin

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    thanks guys.
     
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    Content is closer to the top of the page, you can edit header, etc size.. less shit to wade through for the spiders

    use externally linked css file whenever possible
     

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