CMS makes seo markup faux pas

Good morning from 13 degrees C wet an windy wetherby UK

Ive noticed some CMS platforms do not mark up body copy correctly. In other words instead of marking up body copy within p tags

its marking body content in the following ways:

<p>Blah blah bla</br>
Blah blah blah</p>

<div>Blah blah blah</div>

Whilst my gutt feeling this is not good i wonder just how serious a problem it will cause for the Google bots ie will they have

problems indexing the content as its best to always wrap contnet in opening and closing p tags.

So my question is please, am i worrying uneccesarily or is there a genuine penalty to pay SEO wise when body content is not mark

up correctly.

A live example of markup wriddled with break tags is here:

Thanks in advance :slight_smile:

I’ve not done any tests on this, but my gut feeling is that it won’t make any huge difference. Google aren’t in the business of arbitrarily penalising sites for poor use of code – the reason it’s important to use code correctly is to help Google understand your content.

The difference between large blocks of text wrapped in <p>s or <div>s, and whether it uses <br>s to separate paragraphs, is not worth worrying about. Google will be so used to seeing bad code like that that I’m sure it will interpret it correctly.