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Google has announced... that going HTTPS -- adding a SSL 2048-bit key certificate on your site -- will give you a minor ranking boost.
Google says this gives websites a small ranking benefit, only counting as a "very lightweight signal" within the overall ranking algorithm.... Google says it has an impact on "fewer than 1% of global queries" but said they "may decide to strengthen" the signal because they want to "encourage all website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to keep everyone safe on the web."
- Use relative URLs for resources that reside on the same secure domain
- Use protocol relative URLs for all other domains
Already the three lines of code are ballooning. I was in the computer software testing business for 15 years and nothing struck more fear in me than a programmer saying "it's only a one line change .....".
[edited by: phranque at 3:45 am (utc) on Aug 26, 2014]
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Do you have to have to have URLS listed as https:// in your site map? or does G just probe and find the https on their own? I'm hoping the latter.
Use consistent syntax for listing your URLs. For instance, if you list your home page URL as http://www.example.com/, your sitemap should not have URLs that begin with http://example.com/
This'll be another craze like site speed.
The rumour was... they measured it from the various users' location
Glitterball, have someone externally check your website and all the pages. I bet something's gone wrong with the redirect.
And then check every link on your site to make sure you don't have any http:. And check your images, make sure they're all https: too, and so on.
My conversion went smooth. Google's indexed pretty much all the pages and is showing them in the serps as https with no noticeable loss in rankings or traffic. (No real increase either).
Actually, I've been even dumber than that
Google said this carries less weight than other signals such as high-quality content.
Hence, wheather it is good or not but this makes the web a big step smaller as many Hobby sites will disappear again. Or Google will distinguish between Shopping/hobby/info sites?!
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[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 5:06 am (utc) on Sep 22, 2014]
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