Here’s something to chew on, regarding web standards, and why web designers worth their salt should learn it, use it, and love it.
Good Blimey is a simple website, it really doesn’t get much traffic at all. On average, around 200 hits a day. Yet it has a Google PageRank of 6 out of 10.
3DGPU is a more complex website, and I coded it in standards compliance with heavy use of CSS. On average, it gets 160,000 hits a day. 3DGPU has a PageRank of 5 out of 10.
NVNews, which is a site similar to 3DGPU, uses the old school method of coding, tables, HTML 4, not very standards compliant. Rudimentary use of CSS. I know they get more traffic than 3DGPU, according to Alexa’s information. Yet they have a PageRank of 4 out of 10.
Consensus? While GB isn’t very popular, Google loves the site more than two more popular sites, because of web standards. Interesting, yes?