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Will switching to https drop rankings?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by AstralKing, Oct 18, 2016.

  1. AstralKing

    AstralKing Registered Member

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    Will switching my site to https drop rankings, or at just temporarily? I have first page serp I don't want to lose
     
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    yes temporarily. But it will come back.
     
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    Ours dropped for a day but got back but I think it's better in the long run
     
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    Only drops for a day? I hope that's the case if I switch

    I am worried because some article said switching domains is similar to https and their rankings dropped for a long time.
     
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    It drops because the http version is indexed, so that goes away while the https version gets indexed, HTTPS will help you more in rankings than non ssl.
     
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    It definitely drops for a while but it comes back... usually at a better ranking. Make sure to redirect your earlier http version appropriately to https version... that's the key!
     
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    You may see temporary drop but the you will get back the serp with https version.
     
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    Yeah I've heard can be longer in certain cases but guess how old and authoritative the domain is. What we also did was purposely modified a few external links we had control of to point to the https site and built just a couple of new links to the https. Maybe this helped.
     
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    I've got 15 clients (whitehat) on my books. I run about 7 of my own sites and switched them all HTTPS.

    All bar one, I noticed no issues at all with the swap over!

    1: Make sure it's solid 301 redirect to the HTTPS
    2: Update your XML site map! A few people forget this
    3: Google states you don't need to, but add the HTTPS version to webmaster tools
    4: Once webmaster tools is set up go to this link (add domain at the end fo the URL, after =) and submit some random pages

    Done. Doubt you'll see 'downtime' in rankings at all! Google wants everyone on HTTPS so they normally shift quick

    Other things - If you're using canonical tags in your meta, make sure they are updated to the HTTPS version of the site. Also check 'whynopadlock' if you're finding some mixed content on your site once you've shifted over
     
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    Also don't forget to map urls 1 to 1

    http://example.com/some/url/?with=somequery -> https://example.com/some/url/?with=somequery otherwise you will regret the results.
     
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    You need an SSL certificate for your website if:

    You operate an online store.
    Accept credit card or other payments.
    Offer online services where subscribers go over a signup process.
    Your website supports account login.
    When other private data is transmitted over the Internet.

    If you don't need it then don't do it. As simple as that.
     
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    That's what I used to say until I read an article on SE Round Table a couple of weeks ago that apparently from January 2017 google will flag all none https websites as not safe. Even if the website is perfectly safe. So if google implements it then we'll be forced to switch https
     
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    I'm pretty sure that's not gonna happen since there are way too many sites not using https. But hey... you never know.
     
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    Yes it drops for a while but in longer run it is more useful.
     
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    This is the most spot on response. I've redirected from http to HTTPS for clients a bunch of times and can say that there is a downtime, and it's usually small. I had been providing weekly reports and never saw a drop, but I did have a client tell me it was something like 3 days.
     
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