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I've been asking this question all over the place, SEO forums, general web design forums and no-one seems to know, so lets try here:

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I'm trying to learn all the basics of SEO at the moment, and one thing that I have seen around from time to time is the fact that the amount of html code before the content makes a difference. This is generally taken as true, but my question is:

Does the total amount of html on the page make a difference? Also does the percentage of useful content text make a difference.

For example, a typical nested table jobby tends to take up ~30kB of which ~10% is actual text for the SE's. My site has efficient coding (CSS-based) and the index page (for eg) weighs in at 7.1kB, with 47% content text.

Does anyone have experience of whether this makes a difference or not? If it does, how much difference will it make?

Has anyone seen any evidence at all, that slimline CSS-based pages bet a boost in the SERPs?

Thanks in advance for your input.

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Hi rtm223,
There were some recent articles on this topic at http://www.evolt.org/

Basically there are many factors that affect how a page is ranked by search engines.
If the amount of code before the content is excessive then it may make a difference, I don't know of any evidence to support or deny this.

Thoughtful use of heading tags, page title and content are all very important.
Meta tags have lost a lot of appeal but I would still recommend using them.
Making sure your content is readable in a text browser such as lynx is a good idea as spiders don't see the pretty pictures.
In general good clean standards based sites are more likely to get fair ranking as long as they have other sites linking to them.

I wrote this article a few years ago but some of it will still be relevant http://www.appcreator.com/sitepromo.php

Hope that helps

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Tony wrote:
Thoughtful use of heading tags, page title and content are all very important.
Meta tags have lost a lot of appeal but I would still recommend using them.
Making sure your content is readable in a text browser such as lynx is a good idea as spiders don't see the pretty pictures.

Thanks for the reply and the links Tony, I have been working with semantic xhtml with headers used appropriately and suchlike. I always test in lynx anyway, and make all my layout graphics CSS background images on existing elements to reduce the number of tags I need.

I figure this question is one of those things that is nearly imposible to tell whether it would make any difference or not. I suppose if it does then the difference is negligable. Oh well, it would have been nice to think my methods had additional benefits, but I'll just carry on regardless Smile

Thanks

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