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Newbie Needs Help With Use Of Bold Type.
Posted 14 June 2005 - 09:11 PM
Also, I am using FrontPage 2002 and have heard that FrontPage has problems because it inserts extraneous HTML coding. Can this be a problem for me because my site is not using "clean" code? Will using FrontPage prevent me from getting high rankings? Should I switch to DreamWeaver?
I am still in the process of adding products to my site so I will not start the optimization process for about another month but I want to try to be aware of the various problems I may be facing and your input on these issues is greatly appreciated!
Posted 14 June 2005 - 09:20 PM
That's completely false. Don't believe most of what you read!
Nope, nope, and not unless you want to.
Posted 15 June 2005 - 01:43 AM
Bold is one of the options that you can use to try to make a site more readable.
There is possibly a benefit from an SEO stance to not make everything bold, but rather just the things that you want to emphasize. And, if someone is using a screen reader, and you are using <strong> to bold the words on your page, the screen reader may place more emphasis on the words on the page than maybe it should. With bold, I like to follow the simple rule that when you emphasize everything, you are really emphasizing nothing.
To improve readability on a site, there are a couple of other options that I might follow first, rather than using bold. One would be using a font size that might be a little larger than you would normally see. And not using a fixed size that can't be increased with the browser controls.
Another would be to try to use a font that is easy to read online. Body text on a monitor often tends to work best with a san-serif type font. A couple of good articles on font choice and readability here:
A Comparison of Popular Online Fonts: Which is Best and When?
So, What Size and Type of Font Should I Use on My Website?
I also try to avoid having large blocks of text, if I can. Use bulleted points, headlines, and other strategies to make the words on the pages easy to scan, too.
I don't think that the search engines would ignore your text with it all in bold. You just may not be geting any extra attention paid to certain words that you could bold, if you used it for just certain words and phrases on the page.
As for Dreamweaver and Frontpage, I don't know that there is much difference. Some of the things that you can do in both can create some extra html, that you might not get if you wrote the pages out in notepad, and tried to keep it extra clean. Most of the time it shouldn't be much of a problem at all with either, when it comes to search engines.
Having said that, it's my personal preference to try to keep the html on a site as simple as possible.
Posted 15 June 2005 - 02:34 AM
Posted 15 June 2005 - 03:09 AM
Just to confirm, we have been using FrontPage for many, many years, and while some people talk of extraneous code, there is very little (of which you can remove if you need to). More importantly, I can assure you it has no bearing on your rankings capabilities.
Posted 15 June 2005 - 08:40 AM
That way, you can achieve the look you want without sending the message to all user-agents that all of your text is more important than normal text (which wouldn't make a lot of sense).
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