Google’s Matt Cutts: Google Does Not Penalize For Broken HTML

matt-cutts-2012In a video published today by Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts – Google confirmed that they do not penalize sites that have broken or invalid HTML.

Matt Cutts said, “so Google does not penalize you if you have invalid HTML, because there would be a huge number of web pages like that.”

Cutts went on to explain that if they did use the validity of HTML as a ranking signal, it would currently hurt search quality. Why? Because there are too many web pages that have invalid HTML and thus good content would not rank as well if this was a signal.

Matt Cutts did add that Google reserves the right to use this as a ranking factor in the future but right now, it is not.

He also adds that there may be a correlation between better ranking web pages and valid HTML but it is still not a ranking factor.

Here is the video:

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  • Daniel Benny Simanjuntak

    If the code is so bad that the page load time is slower than it should be then THAT makes a bad user experience, and that’s a ranking factor. Correct?

  • Clay Amerault

    Good thing there’s no penalty for broken HTML. The question from the video points out that generates 23 errors and 4 warnings (at W3C Markup Validator, presumably). And look at the validation results from other top sites: 519 Errors, 483 warnings 37 Errors, 4 warnings 20 Errors, 5 warnings 252 Errors, 127 warnings

    There are some that do pass… 0 Errors, 8 warnings 0 Errors, 22 warnings

  • Emory Rowland

    Great news! Now I can go back to doing coding.

  • Pat Grady

    Well then maybe we should conspire to collectively mess up other things, so G will ignore them.

  • Sathiya Kumar

    Yeah! you are right, As page speed is one of the ranking factors of Google. It will hurt the site if the loading time is too high. So don’t be too lazy to provide correct html coding.

  • Adeel Sami

    So, even we won’t be penalized for the broken HTML tags but still we need no broken HTML tags because page speed haunts us! WOW!

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