Http & Https affecting SEO

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Hi,

I have one website that has both protocols available: http and https. From what I know the http website should be redirected to https. Do you think this thing affects the website in search engines rankings? Do you have any experience with it?

Thank you
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  • Profile picture of the author KMCreative
    Always a good thing to have a https for a website. Google tends to be more favourable towards https websites
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    • Profile picture of the author netcrumb
      I have https. My question was related of having the both versions. For example, if you will enter the http version it will not redirect you to the https version. Does this thing affects SEO in any way?
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Originally Posted by netcrumb View Post

    Hi,

    I have one website that has both protocols available: http and https. From what I know the http website should be redirected to https. Do you think this thing affects the website in search engines rankings? Do you have any experience with it?

    Thank you
    It can have an impact. A huge one.

    Links pointing to the HTTP version do not get credited to the HTTPS version and vice versa.
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    • Profile picture of the author netcrumb
      Most of the SEO I do is for the https version. According to Google Webmaster Tools the http has no backlinks, while the https version has over 200.
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
        Originally Posted by netcrumb View Post

        Most of the SEO I do is for the https version. According to Google Webmaster Tools the http has no backlinks, while the https version has over 200.
        I would fix it. It literally is just a couple of lines of code added to the .htaccess file.
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        • Profile picture of the author Meera Shah
          I want to start an affiliate website and i want to know whether i need the ssl certificate immediately or not.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEONinjaa
    As we all know that HTTPS offers security, so it is definitely the choice to put you in Google's good graces. There are also some additional SEO benefits for you to consider.
    1. HTTPS can increased ranking.
    2. When traffic passes to an HTTPS site, the secure referral information is preserved.
    3. It verifies that the website is the one the server it is supposed to be talking to.
    Http is most commonly used to access html pages, and it is important to consider that other resources can be utilized through accessing http.
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  • Profile picture of the author Endrue11
    This is not good for you because if your website is open both http or https version then Google behaving two different website and that will show duplicate content issue. So it's better to redirect 301 https version.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sclark
    That`s highly unlikely that you would see a ranking improvement due to switching to https, but you totally shouldn`t have both versions available, as this may be confusing for the search engines.

    Note that the referral data is being dropped while going from https to http, so you may face some issues in case you take part in an affiliate program for instance, and have to send referral traffic to an http website.
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