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Regarding https:// and http://



12:43 pm on Feb 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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hi friends, I have one small doubt. I have a site and I want to do offpage optimization (only directory submission) for one of its inner pages. the url of the site is as [example.com...]

But when I submitted the url in the directories, they are not accepting the submissions, saying that https:// is not allowed. So Changed https:// to http:// and the url became http://www.example.com/fdsdsf/fsdfsd.asp. After this the site started getting accepted by the directories. and I have submitted in over 200 directories. In my SEO experience I know that the site will come on higher rankings for the url http://www.example.com/fdsdsf/fsdfsd.asp. But I dont know how the [example.com...] Url will fare in SERP. Is this an issue? Plz give suitable suggestions.

Can u also tell me the difference in indexing https:// and http://
Are these considered as 2 urls by Google?

[edited by: tedster at 6:12 am (utc) on Feb. 7, 2008]
[edit reason] please use example.com [/edit]


4:10 pm on Feb 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Those are both valid URLs - the extra "s" just means that the page is being transmitted securely via SSL encryption. I'm not sure why directories wouldn't let you submit https urls.

For SEO purposes, you could just 301 redirect one version of the url to the other to "unify" the two.


1:25 pm on Feb 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I'm just curious to know that why is 301redirection required?
Is that to avoid duplicate content issue?


5:43 am on Feb 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Typically, https is only used on forms where you might be collecting or displaying sensitive data like credit card numbers, SSNs, etc. such as a shopping cart checkout page. I'm not sure why you would ever want such a page to rank and be accessible from a SERP. So I would have to assume that the page should never have been https to begin with.

It has been my experience that https://www.example.com/page.htm and http://www.example.com/page.htm are seen as two separate pages... They are different URLs. Just like the engines see http://www.example.com, http://www.example.com/, http://www.example.com/index.htm as 3 different pages even though all refer to the same home page.

[edited by: tedster at 6:11 am (utc) on Feb. 7, 2008]
[edit reason] switch to example.com - it can never be owned [/edit]


8:03 am on Feb 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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as ZydoSEO said the crawlers treat them as different urls which is called "conanical url"

as they asked above if i want to do seo for https:// what would be the seo strategy and work we have to do to achieve top results in serp's


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