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7:42 pm on Sep 6, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

It might be a coincidence, but since I switched my site to HTTPS, I noticed a significant improvement of the traffic coming from Bing/Yahoo. In fact traffic more than doubled. No change in the page layout, or content.

Just thought I could mention it,
8:28 pm on Sept 6, 2017 (gmt 0)

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I noticed the same event. Can't explain it. Might just be the niche.
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Since everybody focuses on Google, may be it happens that Bing is also adding some extra points to HTTPS sites, and speed. I don't know for you keyplyr, but when I switched to HTTPS I also started to use HTTP/2 so over all, my site is faster in HTTPS that it used to be in HTTP. May be Bing is taking this in consideration too, but no one ever minded studying this it :)
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Well my personal site is at a shared host who hasn't upgraded Apache OS to 2.4+ yet to support HTTP/2, although they keep saying they will (I'm constantly badgering them to get this done.) Shared hosting often uses older machines & OSs.

However, I have a server at rackmount that supports HTTP/2. Since I use it to crawl & retrieve data, I'm not really aware of the increased speed (I don't watch any webpages load.)
5:34 pm on Oct 9, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Just to balance out this thread (so not everyone thinks it's all rosy with Bing and https), my own experience has been - the sites that did the switch from http to https lost about 99% of their indexed pages and are now basically absent on Bing. I have contacted Bing and their rep said (allegedly after talking to engineers) that there's "nothing technically wrong" with the sites. Go figure. By that time Bing traffic was hovering at low single digit percentage point, so I did not bother to follow up. Would love to get to the bottom if this eventually, but at this point have no idea what direction to take.
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At the cusp of the "web" moving to encrypted for all. Some will see instant, others will lag, eventually the playing field with be redefined. Until that last part happens odd numbers/results will rule the day.

Niche and content can make a difference at Bing over G, though both claim to "index the web". Both cater to their audience and there is a difference between the two audiences.
2:57 pm on Oct 12, 2017 (gmt 0)

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I also noticed a 40-50% drop in bing/yahoo traffic after implementing https a month ago. No real improvement yet. Wordpress posts not showing https in green visible link in bing listings, only my tag, page, and home page is showing visible https. Why is this happening?
 

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