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Re: Google giving points for HTTPS
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2014, 08:01:11 PM »
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Re: Google giving points for HTTPS
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2014, 08:28:46 PM »
Hostmonster offers a free option -- unfortunately, it only works for elements <100kb...  So photographers are screwed.  (https://my.hostmonster.com/cgi/help/126)

Hostmonster allows you to buy one for $50 per year.

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Re: Google giving points for HTTPS
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2014, 05:52:42 AM »
Thanks Joe. looks like this is now important even if you don't take payments on your website.
I have a WordPress site, which says you can https enable for free, but looks like you need to buy a SSL certificate if you don't want security error messages being sent to the end user.

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Re: Google giving points for HTTPS
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2014, 04:13:29 AM »
Good move by Google I think. I don't have an own online presence but always try to enable the https version of websites. What surprises me and I didn't know before is that the amount of ssl/https online traffic worldwide is only about 3% http://www.statista.com/statistics/204853/internet-attack-traffic-by-ports/ I thought it is way more...

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Re: Google giving points for HTTPS
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2014, 05:09:07 AM »
Try this article on how it might affect you, now and in the future.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/08/07/google_boosts_search_ranking_for_encrypted_websites/

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Re: Google giving points for HTTPS
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2014, 09:44:12 AM »
I'm going to contact Zenfolio to inquire.  They just increased their rates for those of us who had been grandfathered out of a previous rate increase, and I wonder if this will now be included next time we renew.

I'm wondering how it reflects on a blog site with no sales component that is attached to a Zenfolio gallery with sales options, but by it's very nature was never as highly searchable.
« Last Edit: August 15, 2014, 09:46:55 AM by Jeff Behm »

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Re: Google giving points for HTTPS
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2014, 10:29:17 AM »
Jeff --- make sure you report back about zenfolio...  I have an account there but don't have them host my main site.

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Re: Google giving points for HTTPS
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2014, 11:38:23 AM »
I've just sent the following email to Zenfolio customer service:

"I see that Google has begun incorporating HTTPS into their search parameters.  Although online sales is not my focus, I do offer online sales under some circumstances.  I understand that it's a secure sales site.

However, we photographers using Zenfolio are interested in maintaining the best possible SEO, so we're wondering how Google's recent announcement will affect us as it pertains to Zenfolio.  Do you currently comply with the HTTPS search guidelines automatically or, if not, will that be addressed soon?  Is there something we must, or can, do ourselves in order to maximize compliance?"

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Re: Google giving points for HTTPS
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2014, 12:56:26 PM »
In keeping with the goal of updating as I hear from Zenfolio, this just arrived within 2 hours of my initial query.

Hi Jeff,
Thanks for writing!

I am going to look into this and we will be back in touch when we have more information. We appreciate your patience.

Warmest regards,

Laura H | Zenfolio Customer Support

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Re: Google giving points for HTTPS
« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2014, 03:40:14 PM »
Did you read the link I posted, storm in a teacup.

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Re: Google giving points for HTTPS
« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2014, 08:38:17 AM »
Not yet,  Andrew, but I will.  Thank you.

I received this reply from Customer Service at Zenfolio:

"Hi Jeff,
Thanks for your patience while I looked into this. I checked out your forum too, looks great! Thanks for taking an interest, and thanks for being a customer.

As far as the question about http vs. https, the site is not currently enabled for https. At this point it is not something that would be able to be added to individual accounts. Our engineering team is currently investigating whether or not it is feasible for the system. However, I do not have an timeframe for when or if this will be a feature.

We do understand the importance of SEO, and in fact have lots of effective tools in place that help with this. For your reference, you can check out this article: http://bit.ly/1hNnK4p
Please let me know if you have any other questions or if I can help further.

Thank you,"

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Re: Google giving points for HTTPS
« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2014, 02:19:59 PM »
From andrew's article:
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whether or not a site is secure by default will only have a small effect on its ranking at least for now while advising that this factor is likely to become more important in future, once enough time for webmasters to upgrade has elapsed.

Currently not a big deal... but under the web SEO rubrik of "every little bit helps", if you can do it for free... it's probably worth it.


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Re: Google giving points for HTTPS
« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2014, 12:38:27 AM »
Thankx for your information.. I have two websites and both are https://

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Re: Google giving points for HTTPS
« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2014, 01:25:31 PM »
Hey!

 We did the switch for two of my websites and saw 0 difference. I've also seen a lot of reporting that there little to no change when doing this as well.
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Re: Google giving points for HTTPS
« Reply #15 on: December 18, 2014, 05:44:47 PM »
I employ an SEO feature and service from Web.com and asked about HTTPS when Google announced the extra consideration.  They said that as of now, it wasn't really effective by Google's own admission but if it becomes so, I'll be notified.