I have Maria doing a little research and she will post what she finds in just a minute but here was something I thought was interesting.
She said most of the sites ranking in Google use tables but most of the sites ranking in Yahoo do not.
I just thought that was interesting.
Google does not add any weight for being W3C compliant or using table-less designs. But it does help although very, very little in the fact that you can move the content to the top of the page.
But does Yahoo give a ranking boost for table-less designs and being W3C compliant?
The time horizon for a serious project should at least be more than 6 months.
SERP position in Google is more than tossing a dice in a minute and loosely conclude that the probability of hitting a 6 is 1/6.
Especially the indirect SEO benefits I am talking about may take long time to mature.
That's EXACTLY right.weslinda said:
Isn't the ability to rearrange content within the code a benefit from an SEO standpoint? As you are able to move the most relevant content to the top of your code?
CSS layouts allow you to take advantage of the "Top Down" method that SE's use to scan your code.
Using the "Any Order Columns" method, you can order the content in your code thus placing the content early in the source code so that the SE's read it first. You then use CSS to position the Div's into your layout as the browser renders the page.
Here's a pretty good example of how it's done:
How to optimize your website layout to ensure your content is the first one in the page
Most large companies use specific CMS systems, and rebuilding a site does not necessarily follow the same database tables that the present site has, hence, and a new database would have to be written to accommodate the new site. This would mean that all the present URLs would be effectively redundant. Thus, affecting your ranking as the links will be broken.
So you fooled me
But you work 37 hours a day and night (epoch)?