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Switched site to https:// , what to do with backlinks?

     
12:16 pm on Nov 5, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Hey guys, i had my website as http:// for a long time and just upgraded to secure protocol https:// as per google suggestion.

Now what about all the backlinks that were initially pointing to the http:// version?
Should I contact people and ask to update it to https:// ?

Whats the general consensus on https:// thing ?
1:14 pm on Nov 5, 2016 (gmt 0)

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I assume a 301 redirect is what is required. Contacting people to changes links would take to long and most would probably ignore the request anyways.

You would want to setup the redirect anyways as most people typing in your address would probably do http:// first and you want to make sure they use the right protocol. While your ad it make sure you have a redirect for www (either from or too depending on how you like your url).
1:23 pm on Nov 5, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Contacting people to changes links would take to long and most would probably ignore the request anyways


I agree, but that is what Google advises:

"External links: Try to contact the sites in the saved list of sites linking to your current content, asking them to update their links to your new site." ([support.google.com ])

You should have 301s in place, whether or not you bother to contact the other sites.
9:52 am on Nov 9, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Make sure you have 301 redirects active and If you can contact the people to change to HTTPS its very best for you and SEO.
12:34 pm on Nov 9, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Surely the fact that you were able to contact a linking site and ask them to change it to https would indicate far too much of a relationship with the linking site, wouldn't it? It would say to me that those links were not naturally given in the first place if you had contact details and the ability to change the code. Why not request the anchor text is changed or the link redirected to an internal page it might not have been pointing at.

Mixed messages as per googual. :-)
1:19 pm on Nov 9, 2016 (gmt 0)

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It would say to me that those links were not naturally given in the first place


I'm not sure that follows. Most sites publish contact details (and for those that don't you can usually get something from ICANN - or e.g. UK, Nominet), so I don't see how the fact that I am able to contact a link source says anything at all about our previous relationship.

Personally, I check my outbound links frequently, and update any that return 301s as they arise. I hope that those linking to me will do likewise, but I'm certainly not going to write to those that don't: there are far too many of them.