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Old January 29th, 2007, 08:59 PM
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My name is Mike Myatt. We have noticed that google loves css style formatted websites. We conducted a case study that showed that css style websites ranked higher in google than traditional html and dynamic driven web pages.

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Old January 29th, 2007, 09:08 PM
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mmmmm, a very interesting post I can not help but respond to. I spent a little over two weeks researching 'how to get the best possible ranking on google'. You say:

;;;google loves css style formatted websites

Do you have a website, a paper or the like regarding this? What does CSS formatting have to do with, to use your words, 'traditional html and dynamic driven web pages'?

Love to see your web site, please post the link. Im sure you will get all sorts of responses to your post. My reasearch did not result in any link between CSS and SEO, please elaborate?

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It's table based and uses "dynamic" MM_ javascript functions.

The home page button above qedonline's post works. Which I guess was the purpose of his post.

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This has started a real juicy conversation round the group of developers I sit. I have heard some people think CSS can replace tables. Meow I think this is what Mike refers to, have a look at (be sure to read the comments at the bottom):

http://www.searchenginejournal.com/?p=4149

Yes I think it was the purpose of his post. IMO CSS can not replace tables, positioning is not cross browser....etc (I could go on however will spare you) If I may:

'no body can garantee you a great Google ranking however good code can give you the best posible chance'

'You can pay for a sponsored link however how often do you click on them'

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Layout tables? Yes, of course CSS can replace them. It already does. :)

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Perhaps I chose my words wrong, appologies. I do realize CSS 'can replace tables' but:

> should we for better SEO?
> do you advise your clients to, and therefore code your site (or have it coded) this way?

This forum like all others is a learning tool. Should we be saying to people, CSS can replace tables and can give you better SEO (this post is leaning towards illuding to this)? People adopt habbits and techniques suggested on forums, especially one as respectable as Wrox - I personally think this is the wrong message, therefore voiced it...

CSS is a must for many many reasons, this we all know. Do you have any specific methods on how to use it to better SEO, or the benefits of page layout considering the many browsers we have to code for?

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CSS possibly improves SE ranking because it makes for cleaner and leaner HTML. In the best case, a person that switches to CSS for layout and formatting also realized the value of structural markup and that should give you an edge with SEs. In the worst case the markup is still tagsoup and nothing is gained.

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Love to see some links, do you have any? I will try to find some related topics here at Wrox and link them to this post. There were several possibles and maybe's which were clarified by the CSS gurus, the conclusion was keep using tables. I think its safe to say we should always write clean HTML

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Keep tables for SEO reasons? What in the whole world for?

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You are priceless, over n out.

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