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  1. #161
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    If in blogs and so on you have linked internally using your whole url then it would be best to find them all and add the 's' but hopefully you added internal links correctly in the first place and simply start the url at the / in which case no need to add the 's' as http won't even be mentioned.

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    Keep the tips coming please, because I've been planning on switching when I get back off holiday, and have been meaning to ask for a list.
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    Neil.

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    Update, 3 to 4 months after changing:

    The two sites dropped down the organic search. A lot. It was a sudden thing, both at the same time. Boom.

    Possible reason: Old links that gained a re-direct have lost some of their importance??????????????????????????

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    No - recently Google confirmed that you do not lose link value in redirects. https://www.seroundtable.com/google-...oss-22439.html
    But back in March when we went https we did update some important links direct to https where we could.

    Did you go through the process on Google webmaster tools - setting up the new https site, sitemap etc?
    What you should have seen is a drop on the http site matched by a growth on the https site as Google updated its data bases. I can confirm we saw the initial drop but also the https site increased in the same time frame - like a see saw. We also saw an improvement in conversions - we think down to greater trust. We have also seen an increase in traffic by approx 1/3 which may of course be due to other work but the uplift has been since the https change so may be playing a part in the improvements.
    Gill

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    We suddenly have a problem. We did the switch to https at the start months ago and all had been going well. Today I checked crawl errors in webmaster tools and they have shot up from 156 to 596 in just a day. Checking Google search it seens all our www. links show the page as not working and it says too many redirects. Why would this suddenly happen to hundreds of links all at once.

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    "Did you go through the process on Google webmaster tools - setting up the new https site, sitemap etc?"

    Yes. But no joy.

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    It's been a while since many of us moved to https and I was wondering how everyone is getting on?

    For me, my rankings have slowly been dropping every month. Not good. I did the move to https in May.

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    Slight dip immediately after the change and since then a steady climb in traffic/ranking so I am not complaining. However, there have been several updates, not least an unconfirmed one last weekend, from Google since the switch to https and any one of those could have had a good or bad impact. That said, it is now a firm positive ranking factor to be https so definitely something everyone should do.
    Gill

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    Oh, that's interesting. I must have fallen slightly at another hurdle, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deefer View Post
    Oh, that's interesting. I must have fallen slightly at another hurdle, lol.
    Trouble is there are so many hurdles and Google keeps moving them!
    Gill

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    I have only just got my SSL certificate, and as yet, don't have it on all pages - just cannot make my mind up from everything I have read, to decide if its a good or bad idea to have the whole site Https
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    I have only just got my SSL certificate, and as yet, don't have it on all pages - just cannot make my mind up from everything I have read, to decide if its a good or bad idea to have the whole site Https
    I'm in the same boat, on the fence, watching this space. I think ultimately it's going to have to happen because search engines are going to gradually increase the penaltys, so i suppose the sooner the better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R.O.T. View Post
    I'm in the same boat, on the fence, watching this space. I think ultimately it's going to have to happen because search engines are going to gradually increase the penaltys, so i suppose the sooner the better.
    You may find this interesting?
    The new "every page" setting will force HTTPS on all pages across the site. This is effectively a URL change, however our system will automatically 301 redirect all requests for the HTTP version to the HTTPS equivalent.
    It's well worth reading the following Google article in full before making any changes:
    https://support.google.com/webmasters/
    The number one issue some of our customers will face is where images or scripts are included from third party websites which don't have a valid SSL certificate. HTTPS pages require every single resource, whether it's an image, a JavaScript file or a CSS file, to be served via HTTPS from a domain with a valid SSL certificate.
    Our system will automatically ensure that all resources are requested using HTTPS, but it's dependent on the site hosting the resource to have a valid certificate. This is nothing new, it's always applied to the checkout pages previously, but now it will apply to the entire site.
    Terry

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    My experience with switching over to full https

    Bit of fluctuation in rankings for a week or so then all pretty much where it was before....all very smooth and easy although had no gains that I noticed.

    Site speed didn't seem effected (well done BP) which was a worry for me as I think this is huge factor for sales and only going to get more important, I personally hate slow sites and find myself getting frustrated and clicking off sites that are even a little slow!

    The biggest difference for me has been conversions, since switching sales and conversions are up on previous years comparing month for month, I don't have the data to back this up (and I know I should) but I believe customer confidence is higher.

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    Any new updates about this? Just wondering if we should take the plunge but as it's coming up to our busiest time I'm not sure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prettycool View Post
    Any new updates about this? Just wondering if we should take the plunge but as it's coming up to our busiest time I'm not sure!
    Am in the same position, at the moment we haven't seen any reason to go fully https with our rankings still going upwards and sales improving month on month, but pretty sure we'll have to one day. Scares me - really does, although we do have a definite 'off-peak' time we could do it - i tend to sit there with my finger over the button and then bottle it!!

    At the moment good content is definite a higher ranking order than https i have to conclude.
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    Just taken the plunge and transferred to HTTPS. Absolutely painless, no effect on the website, and no downtime, still all works just the same afterwards. All managed and implemented efficiently by Bluepark once the certificate had been purchased from them.

    I must stress there is nothing on the site which is externally hosted except the payment processing - which was already secure.

    I had to update the site address in Google Analytics from HTTP to HTTPS, but this was also easy to do.

    The main reason for changing, nothing to do with page ranking, but Firefox giving the message 'This site may not be secure' when you try and log into my website - both as admin and as a customer. With all the news of website hacking in the media, this will put off the average punter, who may well go elsewhere to make their purchases.

    Other browsers are not so direct in flagging logins to HTTPS sites with just an indicator by the address bar, but this may change in the coming months.

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    As an update to my previous post (#32) on this subject, as the only cost of changing to a full https site was the price of the SSL certificate, we switched as soon as it was possible to do so.

    We did this because we believe it inspires customer confidence in our site's security and our integrity as an online seller, and that's why we changed - nothing to do with rankings whatsoever.

    To support this thinking: what's surprised me over the past few years is that customers still tell me of horror-story-purchases with less than scrupulous sites or individual resellers trading on eBay or Amazon. Sad tales that make me think ecommerce, even after all these years, still suffers from a bad rep with many segments of the purchasing public.

    To take the security / trust thing even further, in January we took the plunge and changed our certificate to a GeoTrust EV (Extended Validation) certificate. (This was far easier to do than I would have imagined thanks to Bluepark.)

    Since we did this, our sales have risen dramatically in comparison to the same three months last year. Can I put this down solely to the certificate change? No, but I believe it has been important when combined with other SEO factors.

    At no time during these changes did we notice any discernible drop in rankings. In fact, I would say quite the opposite once things, rapidly, regained their equilibrium.

    As Edward says in his post, I would think as Chrome and Firefox are now warning about unsecure sites, https will start to become a major role in rankings and public trust; far more so than it did previously.

    In conclusion, I can only say that we’ve never regretted the change to a full https site for a single minute.

    Geoff

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    Google Chrome have already said they plan to display a 'NOT SECURE' message in the address bar eventually. They are allowing some time for everyone to catch up with this, but there is really no reason to delay.
    Joe

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