Would I need HTTPS for simple site for CPA/affiliate marketing?

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Hi,

I want to host my website specifically for CPA/affiliate squeeze/landing pages. My landing pages will lead to advertiser's web page. I will only get emails (on the homepage) for my list. There won't be any credit card transactions.

I will only use my website for sub-pages as the pre-sell, squeeze/landing pages.

Please advise would I need to have HTTPS or I can go with plain HTTP?

Looking forward and thanking you in anticipation.

Regards,

Riz
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Not sure, if you are talking about high end squeeze pages, then you would probably require more advanced HTTP, (a grid to centre the video, etc being one).

    But if you are talking about more basic type stuff, (use the sitebuilder, and stay with white background with a video and text, then basic HTTP should suffice.

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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Yes Riz; here's why.....Google Chrome users keen to visit your site tend to get security warnings sans "s". I get 'em regularly. I'm warned about visiting a site. Google makes it tough on non secure sites, independent of your reasoning. I'd just hire a developer to do the job and boost sales from Chrome users.

    If you write off these folks feel free to skip it but it's a decent sized market.

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    Originally Posted by tagiscom View Post

    Not sure, if you are talking about high end squeeze pages, then you would probably require more advanced HTTP, (a grid to centre the video, etc being one).

    But if you are talking about more basic type stuff, (use the sitebuilder, and stay with white background with a video and text, then basic HTTP should suffice.

    Ignore whatever this is. HTTP has nothing to do with site design.

    Originally Posted by rizabbasi View Post

    Hi,

    I want to host my website specifically for CPA/affiliate squeeze/landing pages. My landing pages will lead to advertiser's web page. I will only get emails (on the homepage) for my list. There won't be any credit card transactions.

    I will only use my website for sub-pages as the pre-sell, squeeze/landing pages.

    Please advise would I need to have HTTPS or I can go with plain HTTP?

    Looking forward and thanking you in anticipation.

    Regards,

    Riz
    You don't need HTTPS, but unfortunately, Google has made it so that you are at a disadvantage if you do not use it. Although none of your traffic will be doing the kind of activities that traditionally required the secure connection and SSL certificate and HTTPS protocol provides (logins, financial transactions, sharing personal information, etc.), you are going to want to have it anyhow.

    As of a few days ago, Google launched Chrome version 68. In this version, any URL not using HTTPS will show up as "Not secure" in the web browser.

    Now you and I know that is nothing to really worry about. It just means you are not using an SSL certificate. No big deal for your type of site.

    However, a lot of people out there do not understand what that message means or what HTTPS is. When they see "not secure" a lot of people are going to interpret that to mean "dangerous". Especially with all the news and constant flood of information out there about hacking, identity theft, malware, and viruses.

    Chrome is by far the most popular browser on most of the planet.

    For that reason, I would use HTTPS on any site you setup.

    You can get a free SSL certificate from Let's Encrypt. Almost all of the reputable web hosts that offer cpanel hosting have it integrated into cpanel. You can literally set it up in just a few clicks.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    It's a smart idea now. Chrome will be marking non https sites as insecure now.
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  • Profile picture of the author redone111
    Yes because google last upadates warn any visiter who enter your website from chrome and that will make people stay away from the website
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  • The simple answer is yes. Even if you aren't going to accept payments on your site, SSL is a major MUST have for almost any site.
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Ok , l mean't HTML code!

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  • Profile picture of the author YourGoToWriter
    With the latest Google update, you definitely need an HTTPS.
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  • Profile picture of the author sslstoreindia
    If you had asked me this question before 2014 than my answer could be "Not always" until you accept the payment or your website include sensitive information.

    But today in 2018 definitely my answer is Yes

    Whether it is a blogging site, e-commerce site or even small business even though you are not collecting any credit card information, SSL helps user or customer and organization to secure their information over the web by providing encryption strength. Therefore hackers or even the outsider cannot interrupt or steal the data or information. SSL creates a secret tunnel in which information can be exchanged easily without any interruption.

    Once you implement SSL certificate on your website you will get additional benefits that can help your website achieve their goal.
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  • Profile picture of the author affmarketer101
    You need it to make people trust on your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author alanRon
    No sure, one of client is using https version of his website for running media campaigns but he is having an issues while targeting the existing users in re marketing. He is not able to re target the visitors.
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  • Profile picture of the author sanjayb
    A free and paid SSL, both offers same encryption. But, still there are many downsides of a free SSL Certificate which may affect your security as well. A self signed SSL Certificate[/URL] is also a free one but I'll recommend to avoid a self signed SSL Certificate as it is not signed or verified by a trusted certificate authority.

    Now comes on a free SSL Certificate than, it is also not advisable for large or business website as it comes with limited validity and less security features.

    A paid SSL Certificate is really worth of money that comes with long validity and additional security features like free site seal, vulnerability scanning, warranty and customer support as well.
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