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Google search results now pointing to my HTTPS site

Started gradually over this past month

     
3:01 am on Jul 26, 2019 (gmt 0)

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For over a year now I've been operating my corporate website using 2 servers, one on port 80 and the other on 443. Site files duplicated for each one. No, I haven't had a redirector from http to https. I originally set up the https based on talk more than a year ago that browsers were going to throw up warnings and scare people away from http search-result links, or the search engines weren't going to throw up any more http results if they can help it. The https site was more of a curiosity for most of this time - only the big search engines were hitting it. Over time I began to ignore the logs - nothing interesting there. The hits to the http site were still coming in as usual.

Then about 2 weeks ago I started noticing a steep drop in http hits. I figured well, it's a weekend in july, so people are on vacation. But it persisted during the week days. So I looked at the https logs and yup - there's where the hits are, with google referrers. I don't know if bing is doing the same - I don't get many hits from bing as it is, but I'll have to have a close look at all my https logs now going back to January to see what I've missed.
6:17 am on Aug 21, 2019 (gmt 0)

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The web is moving to https ... that said, http is not yet dead and will be around for years (if not a decade) to come.

However, if the same content is offered in two flavors (http v https) you can bet your bippy that g, in particular, will make the migration.

Bing is pretty aggressive these days, at least for my sites, but since all but one are still http I can't speak to the observation above regarding that search engine.
 

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