Google Update: Why Use Https Over Http?April 05, 2016
Update: April 21,2016
The long awaited blogspot.com https update is here.
If you have a blog on Google's free blogging platform Blogger, you should be seeing something different when you go to your blogs dashboard.
Updating Your Blogspot Blog to HTTPS
This update only applies to blogs with [yourblogname].blogspot.com.
To activate https on your blog:
- Log in to Blogger as you normally do.
- Turn on https on your blog. This is done by:
- Signing into Blogger.
- Selecting the blog you want to edit.
- On the bottom left of your dashboard menu select "Settings" - Basic - HTTPS settings.
- For HTTPS availability select: "YES"
4. Select Save or publish.
You'll get an error message related to mixed content errors:
Google has provided a tool to locate and fix issues related to mix content error when switching from HTTP to HTTPS.
If there are any errors, simply select fix.
Those with a custom domain - [yourblogname.com] - will be unable to apply these changes to their Blogspot hosted blogs as the update only applies to blogs with a Blogspot subdomain.
According to Google, there'll be an update to its blogging platform - Blogspot - come the end of April.
And as with any hot news from Google, they're going to be bloggers chiming in with "How will this affect my rankings?" "…and "How much will it cost me this time?"
Google Ranking Fact
In blogging circles, it is said if a blogger is not using WordPress on a self-hosting platform, they are not serious about blogging.
Speaking for myself, I beg to disagree. There are numerous reasons why a blogger may go the free route, one of which is budgetary constraint.
Sure, it would be great if your blog could generate an income, but not everyone is out only to make a buck.
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. - Colin Powell
I feel quite accomplished to know that based on my level of expertise, my content is being viewed on a daily basis by numerous persons from all over the world.
Google Ranking Factor for 2016
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Google Https Update
All visitors will be able to view your Blogspot domain blogs over an encrypted connection by visiting https://.blogspot.com. Existing links and bookmarks to your blogs will continue to work. As part of this change, the HTTPS Availability setting will disappear, and your blogs will always have an HTTPS version, end quote.
The Best News for Blogspot Bloggers
This means that Google uses Https as well as Http to decide the rank your blog will get.
Therefore, if you have an https://yourblogname.com your likely to get a better ranking than if you had a http://yourblogname.com.
This is so because Https is synonymous with a blog being secure and trustworthy. Previously Google stated: “Over time, we may decide to strengthen [HTTPS as a ranking signal] because we’d like to encourage all website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to keep everyone safe on the web”
Non-Blogspot.com UsersAt some point, your SEO will be negatively affected by this.
Now is the time to take control over what happens relating to your blog. You have the power of getting the links pointing to your blog changed and updated. Yes:
- it will be time-consuming;
- labor intensive;
- but costly if you wait.
If you'll be outsourcing this task, when there is a demand you'll be paying considerably more than you'd pay now.
Google has a set of guidelines to consider for dealing with this matter. However, for a layman version read this article.
Where to Go From Here
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