Validation errors and how to fix?

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Hello, i recently published my site to a proffessional domain name i have done the google webmaster stuff and while it is searchable on goolge, ( i need to come up with better keywords to get more shows) I am worried about the fact that the pages have hundreds of validation errors and no idea what to do to fix those errors since all the hardcoding for the pages is done on yolas side. any insight?
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Hi Cory,

Can you tell me more about the validation errors you are getting; are these sitemap related? If you could give me the wording of the error or a screen shot I can take a closer look.

When it comes to keywords; keyword research can help you discover what keywords people are using to find what your site offers. When you are planning which keywords to target in your site, it can be very helpful to know just what keywords people are searching for.

There are some good keyword research tools that will give you insight into what people are using for search phrases to find what you provide, here are a few you can try:

Google Keyword Tool
Keyword Discovery

To use the keyword tool, just enter in a word, such as "fire", and the tool will return to you all the search phrases that include that keyword. You can then take notice of what keywords people are searching for and choose some to use in your site's content.

For more information on getting listed for various keyword searches and writing title, description and keyword tags please see the following Knowledge Book topics:

Getting listed for keyword searches
Writing title, description and keywords tags.

I hope this helps!

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Hello, im running the latest version of IE. To see the errors i go to tools menu then developer tools and click to validate and get hundreds of errors.

Result: 928 Errors, 2 warning(s)
Modified: (undefined)
Server: lighttpd/1.5.0
Size: (undefined)
Content-Type: text/html
Encoding: utf-8 (detect automatically) utf-8 (Unicode, worldwide) utf-16 (Unicode, worldwide) iso-8859-1 (Western Europe) iso-8859-2 (Central Europe) iso-8859-3 (Southern Europe) iso-8859-4 (North European) iso-8859-5 (Cyrillic) iso-8859-6-i (Arabic) iso-8859-7 (Greek) iso-8859-8 (Hebrew, visual) iso-8859-8-i (Hebrew, logical) iso-8859-9 (Turkish) iso-8859-10 (Latin 6) iso-8859-11 (Latin/Thai) iso-8859-13 (Latin 7, Baltic Rim) iso-8859-14 (Latin 8, Celtic) iso-8859-15 (Latin 9) iso-8859-16 (Latin 10) us-ascii (basic English) euc-jp (Japanese, Unix) shift_jis (Japanese, Win/Mac) iso-2022-jp (Japanese, email) euc-kr (Korean) gb2312 (Chinese, simplified) gb18030 (Chinese, simplified) big5 (Chinese, traditional) Big5-HKSCS (Chinese, Hong Kong) tis-620 (Thai) koi8-r (Russian) koi8-u (Ukrainian) iso-ir-111 (Cyrillic KOI-8) macintosh (MacRoman) windows-1250 (Central Europe) windows-1251 (Cyrillic) windows-1252 (Western Europe) windows-1253 (Greek) windows-1254 (Turkish) windows-1255 (Hebrew) windows-1256 (Arabic) windows-1257 (Baltic Rim)
Doctype: XHTML 1.0 Strict (detect automatically) HTML5 (experimental) XHTML 1.0 Strict XHTML 1.0 Transitional XHTML 1.0 Frameset HTML 4.01 Strict HTML 4.01 Transitional HTML 4.01 Frameset HTML 3.2 HTML 2.0 ISO/IEC 15445:2000 ("ISO HTML") XHTML 1.1 XHTML + RDFa XHTML Basic 1.0 XHTML Basic 1.1 XHTML Mobile Profile 1.2 XHTML-Print 1.0 XHTML 1.1 plus MathML 2.0 XHTML 1.1 plus MathML 2.0 plus SVG 1.1 MathML 2.0 SVG 1.0 SVG 1.1 SVG 1.1 Tiny SVG 1.1 Basic SMIL 1.0 SMIL 2.0
Root Element: html
Root Namespace:

This is from my products page with a few of the errors listed here:
Line 81, Column 28: Attribute "name" exists, but can not be used for this element.
element to incorporate flash media in a Web page, see the FAQ item on valid flash.
Line 97, Column 23: document type does not allow element "style" here
The element named above was found in a context where it is not allowed. This could mean that you have incorrectly nested elements -- such as a "style" element in the "body" section instead of inside "head" -- or two elements that overlap (which is not allowed).

One common cause for this error is the use of XHTML syntax in HTML documents. Due to HTML's rules of implicitly closed elements, this error can create cascading effects. For instance, using XHTML's "self-closing" tags for "meta" and "link" in the "head" section of a HTML document may cause the parser to infer the end of the "head" section and the beginning of the "body" section (where "link" and "meta" are not allowed; hence the reported error).

thats just three of the many many errors not sure how it affects my site since everything works properly.

Thank you
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Hi Cory

Here is a thread that deals with validation errors, and one of our engineers has posted a comment:

Please take a look at this thread and let us know if you have any further concerns.