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Fortnight Feature No. 10 – Semantic Markup

Often lost in the hullabaloo of Internet marketing is the most fundamental necessity for the SEO health of a website – semantic markup.

leaky semantic markup

“Maybe I should’ve used some heading tags”

While not the most glamorous or talked about tool, good semantic markup serves to bolster the on-site integrity and stability of a webpage. Without proper XHTML tags, a lot of quality content will go unrecognized by web crawlers. And robots aren’t the only ones that will be left unimpressed. Savvy professionals visiting your site will notice the lack of optimized architecture, diminishing the site’s reputation.

With poor semantic markup the most popular, widely disseminated content and the most robust back-link profile will ultimately point back to a house with a patchy roof. Before setting out on extensive off-site Internet marketing strategies, be sure to get your house in order first, optimizing your website’s semantic markup and allowing your site to earn whatever organic traffic it deserves on its own merit.

Below are some useful resources with information and guides on how to master semantic markup.

Web Designers Suck at Semantic Markup

10 Ways Coding Can Help Your SEO

Designing For SEO

HTML Code & Search Engine Ranking Factors

Improving UX Through Front-End Performance

More Thoughts About Blockquotes than are Strictly Required

Using Semantic Markup To Strengthen Your Local SEO Efforts

13 Semantic Markup Tips for 2013: A Local SEO Checklist


About Sam Mock

Sam Mock is the Content Director at Chicago Style SEO, a full service Internet marketing firm. He can't wait for the day when writers unite to storm the gates of Google and gorge themselves on Cheez-Its in the break room. Connect with him on , and Twitter.
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