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firepot
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SSL on main domain

So I have a main domain-pelletgrillaccessories.com and a sub domain (shopping cart site for same).  I had SSL's on both but because the main page is simply a link to the shopping cart I didn't renew the main page.  The one on the shopping cart is current.  Since I have done that the main page has all but dropped from search engines. A month ago I was in the top 3 on AOL and Google (I check every few months) now it is very hard to find.  Go Daddy says there is nothing wrong.  I disagree.  I have 2 other websites not hosted by Go Daddy that don't have SSL's and when I search anything close to the correct wording they shop up very high in search engines.  What am I missing?  I have spent an hour online chat with them and almost that on phone.  Help

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JMPepper
Advocate VII

Hi @firepot,

 

Here's a consideration.  When a search engine scans a page, puts it into its repository, and gives it a ranking the page it kind of put into a "cache."  This includes the http or https version.  It sounds like you built your ranking on the https side. Essentially, by not having the https: you've changed the URL that you've built search engine ranking upon.

 

Even though you may have the same content, not having the https in front of your site is a HUGE change for the search engines.  All of the links coming into the site that used to be prefaced with https: are technically not there in the search engine algorithms, e.g. they may be seen as broken links by the search engine even though your site is still up and running fine.

 

Hope this helps,

James

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JMPepper
Advocate VII

Hi @firepot,

 

Here's a consideration.  When a search engine scans a page, puts it into its repository, and gives it a ranking the page it kind of put into a "cache."  This includes the http or https version.  It sounds like you built your ranking on the https side. Essentially, by not having the https: you've changed the URL that you've built search engine ranking upon.

 

Even though you may have the same content, not having the https in front of your site is a HUGE change for the search engines.  All of the links coming into the site that used to be prefaced with https: are technically not there in the search engine algorithms, e.g. they may be seen as broken links by the search engine even though your site is still up and running fine.

 

Hope this helps,

James

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not Just Pretty Sites, Pretty Doggone Smart Sites

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That does make sense.  So I either need to reup the SSL or wait for the 'new address' to get enough hits to bring it up in ranking.

Hi @firepot,

 

Yes, I think that pretty well summarizes it.  Also, consider the fact that since you are running an online store many of your site visitors want to see security from the beginning.  Having the SSL on the main page accomplishes this for them.

 

Hope this helps,

James

Not Just Pretty Sites, Pretty Doggone Smart Sites

I have a SSL certificate applied on a top level domain in my hosting package which has a folder inside called hosting which hosts lots of other websites. I now have an issue with websites within this folder, when you visit the domains it shows as untrused even though no SSL has been applied to them? Help please as lots of my sites have stopped working 

 

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