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Re: CSS-P ? Is it really any good for SERPS ?

  • Subject: Re: CSS-P ? Is it really any good for SERPS ?
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2005 15:03:42 +0100
  • Newsgroups: alt.internet.search-engines
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [Paul Burke] on Friday 02 September 2005 14:46 \__

> On Fri, 02 Sep 2005 14:23:18 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>__/ [Dustin] on Friday 02 September 2005 13:48 \__
>>> Paul Burke wrote:
>>>> On Fri, 2 Sep 2005 14:29:50 +0200, "René Løweneck" <rene@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>> wrote:
>>How many pages are involved?
> Well, the main site I want to try it on has 8-900

That's pretty manageable even without automation, which is encouraging.

>>Many advantages to taking that approach...
> Just SERPS ? or others as well ?

The latter: others as well. I could go off writing an entire essay about it,
yet I am sure that there are plenty of pages which summarise the advantages
of using CSS. Do a Web search and you will find the most highly-regarded
write-ups on the subject. I would recommend O'Shea, Holzschlag or Meyer.

>>Yes, CSS-P is only confusing everybody.
> But it is a valid title as such.

Yes, albeit a confusing one to many. 

> We all know how to do css with fonts etc, But CSS-P is far more
> advanced (with hacks and workarounds etc)

I suspect that you have a few misconceptions based on the way your phrased

> ... <URL>
> Sorry Roy, I cannot stand that site at all. Looks pretty and all that,
> but naff if you want to copy and paste, which users do do at times.

I am well aware of that. I suffer from that disability as well.

> I have played oround with CSS-P before but dropped out of SERPS two
> days later and reverted back.

CSS is an investment. When moving a few keywords and tags altogether or
putting them in auxiliary CSS files, you may lose temporarily. However, you
also encourage more crawling and allow for quicker extension of your site.
You write content rather then worry about the layout.

> It may not have been the change of style, but I don't want to take too
> many risks.
> I have just finished the site again a few days ago using XHTML instead
> of HTML and already dropping in SERPS for main keywords.
> plh
> Paul

Maybe the sensitivity to change is quite high when it comes to search
engines. Maybe your strong SERP's change without you realising it. You are
very strongly fixed on these particular SERP's that served you best in the

Your new site may or may not reach balance over time. The matter of fact is
that some of the best sites are constructed in XHTML (including all my
newer sections and pages). They are definitely favoured if anything at all.
We are now seeing Web 1.5 which involves AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and
XML), which is realted to XHTML. We are soon going to see Web 2.0 so better
keep up with the change while you can...


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