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SEO Tip: Validate Your Website CodeWed, Dec 29, 2010
If you have a website that's been live for more than a few months but is nowhere to be found in the search engine results pages (SERPs), there might be code errors that are keeping the search engines from indexing your site.
To validate pages of your website visit http://validator.w3.org/, enter (or cut and paste) the URL of the page to validate into the Address field and click 'Check'. You will be taken to a results page that will either display a green "This document was successfully checked" message with a status of "Passed" or a red "Errors found while checking this document" message with a status of "x Errors".
A status of "Passed" means the code for the page correctly follows the rules of the language in which it was written.
What Do I Do If I Find Errors?
If you are familiar with the language your site was written in then use the W3C Markup Validation Service to identify the errors and correct the errors yourself. If you are not familiar with the code then contact your webmaster for assistance.
Having code that validates to standards doesn't mean you'll be on the first page of Google but it can be a lot like replacing a 'Do Not Disturb' sign with a 'Welcome' mat.
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