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#1388995 by Janice from Creede
Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:34 pm
Thank you Paul, for taking the time to write the article and make the video. It takes a lot these days to clear the mush that I call my brain, but after reading your article and going through all the steps again, it seemed to click this time. I also made a request for sites above 500 pages.

Quick question: Do we do this process for both ways to express our site? (https://www........ and https://........) or is one version sufficient?

I was one of those people who lost traffic on one of my sites, so I'm hoping I got it right this time. If not, it was probably something else going on.
#1388999 by Jacki from Macleod
Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:26 pm
Janice from Creede wrote:I was one of those people who lost traffic on one of my sites,
I lost traffic on three of mine, but it seems to be recovering now. Stay strong!
#1389010 by Paul from Somewhere, out there...
Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:52 am

Hi Janice,
I am really glad this has helped. Tell your friends to do it too!

Janice from Creede wrote:Quick question: Do we do this process for both ways to express our site? (https://www........ and https://........) or is one version sufficient?
You don't need to add the non-www version of your site, because people can only view the www version (SBI forces all URLs to be www and has done for ever).
I was one of those people who lost traffic on one of my sites, so I'm hoping I got it right this time. If not, it was probably something else going on.
I realise this answer can appear glib but if you can clearly mark the loss at the time you switched over, and you are 100% sure that you did all the steps, then I wouldn't worry. I realise it is scary but the SE's work in mysterious ways and so can sometimes (not always) take a little time to catchup.

It's good to see Jacki's reply. :D
Hope this provides hope
#1389047 by Debs from SiteSell
Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:26 pm
Also, Will just posted about how to check the https indexing of your site, great post and something to keep an eye on UNTIL all pages in the search engine results (SERPS) are showing as https:

Bumping too, as there are just a couple days (today, Saturday and Sunday) to request your free HTTPS Post Conversion Report if you have more than 500 pages ... check the announcement post to read more about it -

All my best,

#1389062 by Richard from Spain
Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:15 pm
Thanks for posting this up. I have followed your steps, and all seems well. Nice to have a confirmation that the switch seems to have occurred smoothly, as an Ezoic client.

#1389069 by Lois from Flowers Cove
Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:30 am
Thanks for creating and posting this Challenge Thread!

I stumbled across it today, and although I have not noticed traffic loss and although I really did not feel like doing this Challenge :wink: , I couldn't live with that decision knowing I can't be 100% sure all is well.

SO, I just began with my one site.

Reinstalled the HTTPS Checker and ran it.

The result that I am not sure about is:

Can anyone enlighten me regarding this?
I have searched for some help, but to no avail.

On to the next steps now ...

Kind Regards,
#1389112 by Janice from Creede
Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:26 pm
I took up the offer to have my largest site checked and it came back with no problems. Whew...

Thank you so much, Paul, for checking my larger site for problems.

It is good to know that you don't need to repeat the process for all versions of the site (www and non-www).

I found a couple of broken links (both to Amazon) and used Will's method to see which pages if any were not indexed. I had three (all C2 pages). I took care of that in Google Search Console, so I think I'm good to go.

Thank you, Paul, Will and all the wonderfully helpful people at SBI, for making this process as easy as possible.

The one thing I've learned that will be added to my goals for 2018 is to keep a diary of changes I make to my websites. I should have been doing that all along, but it is only when something starts to go wrong that I realize I need a better system.
#1389133 by Mary from Mico
Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:16 am
Hi Janice.

Thank you for your notes. It's fun to see.

I have an idea you might like in regards to keeping a diary.

You might also add these dates in Google Analytics.

Analytics > Acquisition > All Traffic > Source/Medium

Andrew the Musician showed that you can click on the tiny down arrow tab underneath the traffic chart to add notations. On the right you'll see add notations. I do this periodically, even adding such dates as the movable holidays like Thanksgiving and the non-movable like Christmas, December 25. It's very helpful when looking at the chart to see why a dip in traffic happened at-a-glance.

You can expand the chart date-wise to go back in time to add such dates.

A happy new year to you and yours!

#1389161 by Paul from Somewhere, out there...
Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:47 pm
Lois from Flowers Cove wrote:The result that I am not sure about is:

Can anyone enlighten me regarding this?
I have searched for some help, but to no avail.

Hi Lois
Sorry for the delay. It is simply things like javascript & css files that the checker runs some checks on as well as the html pages. No need to be concerned. Nothing is wrong :)

Happy New Year!
#1389429 by Ian from
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:12 am
Although I had purchased the https checker for a month when I did my conversion when it kicked off, and had worked through the to do lists, I noticed and took advantage of the SiteSell Pros HTTPS Checker offer just before 31st Dec.

That came back clear, but I went over the checklist again anyway. Thank goodness I did. I had overlooked adding the key pages to bing for my smaller/newer site altogether. I also re-ran the broken links check for both my sites and was able to fix about 50 broken links between both sites on this re-run.

Thanks for bringing my mind back to this.

Much appreciated.

PS also just found I had not httpS'd my links in my forum sig file :shock:
#1389446 by Mary from Mico
Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:15 am
Hello Ian,

I had not added important pages to Bing either. (Bing's kind of a bounce for me. Through these years Bing's often undone what I'd done, so I'm not dedicated to work much there.) I bought an hour with Paul and he caught that and uploaded those links.

He's also answered several other questions I've had. Way above the call of duty! Thank you Paul.

#1389523 by Holly from Rainbow Flat
Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:36 pm
These might be tech questions - but I'm lost (just for something different). :roll:

Today I checked my Google crawler errors and fixed only the ones ending in html, and just marked the other gobbly gook as fixed. I hope that's right. BUT then... I saw my site map was still pending, so I hit re-submit... not sure why its still pending when I did this https change over last Oct step by step (thank you) and I thought all was well. Question #1 What can you tell me about my Google sitemap still pending?

Question 2 - I'm getting this Error 456 when I do my broken link check and I don't know how to fix this. When I click on the links on my page it goes through.... and when I Google this it says I have a system error and need to buy a utility fix program for $237 per year????? Please help, computer is only one year old if that, so I don't think it has a system error!

[Domain Private] Error 456 on my new sponsored ad page :D[Domain Private]/migraine-relief-through-quality-sleep.html

Question 3 - Now, here's what I don't understand... I went to check in BING, sitemap was good but I had these errors blocking my pages getting indexed:

1. Error Count on 56 Pages - High - The description is too long or too short.
Recommended Action Change the description in the <meta description> tag in the page source to be between 25 and 160 characters in length. Do I need to shorten descriptions to 160 characters? Why does SBI still have 200 if this is the case in the analyzer?

2. Error Count on 75 Pages Moderate - The page is missing meta language information.
Use <meta http-equiv="content-language" content="ll-cc"> tag in the <head> section of your page, where "ll-cc" stands for the culture code of the language and country/region the content applies to. Alternatively use the lang="ll-cc" attribute on either the <html> or the <title> tag . Do I need to put this in my head? I'm in Australian with a US market - how will this effect my stats?

3. Error Count 794 - non-compliant pages 75 - The <img> tag does not have an ALT attribute defined.
Recommended Action Use the <img alt> attribute to write descriptive content for the image: <img source="pic.gif" alt="Accurate and descriptive keyword text that represents the image."</img>. I checked some pages listed here and my alt tag descriptions are all in - so why the error?

I've been having difficulty the whole time getting indexed... so is this a problem? I'm sad to say since 2010 when I set up, I've not known where to look for this information.... Any help is welcome.

Holly :shock:
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