HTML Site Errors

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My site is rather simple and not complex. It was submitted and verified by Google but has not been indexed yet. That was about 2 weeks ago. I ran my site through an HTML test at
http://validator.w3.org/#validate_by_.... It sent back 70 errors.

I can't understand this since my site is so simple. Any help would be appreciated.

rick@theseasonedwriter.com
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Rick Beltz

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Marije, Official Rep

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Hi Rick,

These HTML validation errors have little or no practical impact to how browsers render your site or how search engines index your content.

Here is what one of our engineers had to say about this:

"Due to the nature of Yola it's quite difficult and time intensive to ensure complete HTML/CSS compliance. Traditionally we've focused more on features and work-flow than generated code quality because we felt most users weren't aware of HTML validation and would prefer more features and better work-flow to higher quality generated code and less features / worse work-flow.

That said, as former standards compliant web developers ourselves, we understand the goals of standards compliance. We get big smiles on our faces when everything validates correctly and will be placing an emphasis on fixing as many of these issues as we can in the future."

I hope the above response is somewhat helpful to you until we are in a position to ensure W3C compliant source code for our sites.
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Rick Beltz

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Thank you. So, this non-compliance then has nothing to do with Google indexing my site? Some places I've read it could take up to a few months to index a new site. So far, no matter what I key in the search box, it does not show up in any search results, even when I put the words within quote marks. Does this mean it hasn't been indexed yet? Please reply. Thanks!
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Margie

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You can use this site, http://www.selfseo.com/search_engines..., to check. Just enter your URL on the page.
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Rick Beltz

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The SEO site test you refer to showed that NO ONE has indexed my site so far.
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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Hi Rick. If you only published your site 2 weeks ago then it is premature to be concerned about it not being indexed yet. The most important things you can do to get your site indexed quickly is to 1)update it frequently with unique content 2) get other related sites to link to you. We have a selection of tutorials that will take you through the process of optimizing your site for search engines. See: http://www.yola.com/customer-support/...

Also, please post the link to your site here. This will give you one valuable inbound link and it will also allow us to make more concrete suggestions on how you can increase your chances of getting found by the search engines.
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Rick Beltz

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Marije,

OK. I wasn't too worried about not being indexed yet as some people said it could take even up to a few months. Just wanted to clarify a few things.

My site is www.theseasonedwriter.com. Thanks for all your help!
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Here is something you could try. This is only a theory I have based on my own experience--I have no real proof that it actually works. In Google's web developer tools on the left side you should see something called labs. Click on that and see something called Fetch. This will show you what the Googlebot sees when it crawls your site. Here's my experience: Google had not crawled my site in a few months. I changed the title of my page and used Fetch. The next day my site was on the first page for the words in that new title! Coincidence? Maybe...Luck...definitely! My theory is that Fetch actually forces Google to crawl your site. Of course, since it is in Labs, it may not be around for long but I hope they keep it! Anyway, I would be interested to see if you or anyone else has any luck with this method.
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Rick Beltz

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Diane,

Thanks for the tip. I did as you said and it was a successful fetch:

URL Googlebot type Status Date submitted
http://www.theseasonedwriter.com/ Web Success 3/10/10, 10:20 AM

Now I'll see if it shows up in any searches in the next few days.