Yep, but... you might want to make sure and wait for someone else to confirm this as I am not very confident. Better yet, why don't you give a call to the Godaddy guys because they can give you help better...
You shouldn't worry about that. The search engine spider reads all of your code but only places words inside heading tags as one of the most relevant.
You will find much more information on this reading through the search engine optimisation forum..
Also, if you're using server side code you can check the hostname of the visitor and spit out different content if it is one of the well known search engines (Google, MSN, etc.)..
There are people who believe this actually will form a problem for my website:.
Unfortunately my server doesn't support php and I don't really know how to use it. I was hoping that there would be a really easy solution with xml/css or something so that the spider will skip the navigation menu and read my actual text first...
There is, in fact, a (relatively) easy solution, and you've already mentioned it: CSS. You'll have to dump the tables entirely if you want to do this. Doing so requires a decent grasp of CSS positioning and floats. I think A List Apart did an article on it. Let me see.....
Okay, maybe it wasn't them. Ah ha, it was Big John and Holly: http://www.communitymx.com/abstract.cfm?cid=72426. Unfortunately, it now appears that they're charging for the article, so that's probably not the most useful thing I could do. I'm pretty sure it was also addressed in this thread: http://www.htmlforums.com/showthread...ighlight=table.
In regards to SEO, no major search engine reads meta tags these days. It's still a good idea to put in a description, since some of them do display it to the user (not Google, though), and it's not a bad idea to put in a keywords one, since it lets you get your keywords in a couple more times, but that's the extent of them..
There also isn't a major search engine that actually reads tags, so it doesn't matter if the first tag is an h1, a div, or anything else..
If you're interested in search engine rankings, the three things to really keep in mind are these (in order of importance, as far as I can determine):.
1. get reciprocal links from highly ranked sites in related areas.
2. have as much relevant content as absolutely possible, and change at least the front page frequently.
3. strip out as much markup as you can manage; put CSS and scripts into external files, don't use tables for layout, etc..
Okay, I think I've prattled on long enough for a Sunday..
Thanks, using CSS is a good idea. Unfortunately I don't know much about CSS at this time. However I did find a relatively easy solution at: http://www.delorie.com/web/ses-hint.html.
The idea is that the cell on the upper left corner will contain a transparant gif or something so it won't be visible to the user the column next to it will contain the contents and has a rowspan=2. It will cause the actual contents to appear first in the html code...
That'll work. I recommend learning CSS as quickly as you can, though. It's various other virtues have been extolled elsewhere, so I won't repeat it here..