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Do's & Dont's for HTTPs migrations #SearchLDN

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How to maximize the chances for an effective HTTP to HTTPS migration? Check out these steps and do's & don'ts

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Do's & Dont's for HTTPs migrations #SearchLDN

  1. 1. Do's & Dont's for 
 HTTPs migrations #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  2. 2. I’m Aleyda Solis #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  3. 3. ORAINTI.COM @ALEYDA FB.COM/ALEYDASEOTIPS/ I Do SEO BITLY.COM/LIBROSEOALEYDA I’m Aleyda Solis #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti I PublishI Share
  4. 4. I Blog I Speak I’m Featured I’m Aleyda Solis #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  5. 5. Why moving? #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  6. 6. It’s about security, users safety, trust & experience #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  7. 7. The perfect opportunity to start using 
 HTTP/2 & improve your site speed #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti bit.ly/http2seo
  8. 8. Provide another Positive Ranking signal #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  9. 9. bit.ly/spreadhttps #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti It’s already becoming the “default” in top SERPs
  10. 10. #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti The goal is that your users can browse securely, earning their trust
  11. 11. #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti Instead of this
  12. 12. #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti While also migrating your rankings 
 & traffic from your HTTP to HTTPS URLs
  13. 13. #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti Without traffic drops
  14. 14. #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti Instead of this
  15. 15. bit.ly/httpsmigration #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti Let’s see the most critical do’s & don’ts as well as a checklist to maximize chances of success
  16. 16. #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti Before Moving
  17. 17. Don’t show and allow access to content via your HTTPS version if you haven’t migrated yet #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  18. 18. #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti You want to avoid having mixed indexation, cannibalization & content duplication issues
  19. 19. #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti Make sure to canonicalize and refer consistently to your HTTP URLs to facilitate the migration 301-redirect Canonicalize Link Include in XML Sitemaps HTTP
  20. 20. Create GSC profiles for your HTTPS domains & subdomains to start monitoring them #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  21. 21. Don’t mix HTTPs migrations with 
 other structural Web changes #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  22. 22. #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti Verify the type of SSL Certificate you need, 
 like wildcard ones for multiple subdomains sslshopper.com
  23. 23. It doesn’t need to be expensive! You can even do it for free by using Cloudfare bit.ly/freehttps #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  24. 24. Check with your hosting provider if they offer them, as it might be easier to enable it too #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  25. 25. If you work with CDNs you will also need to activate it for your subdomains zones #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  26. 26. Create a list of your top pages from a visibility & conversion perspective to monitor closely #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  27. 27. When Moving #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  28. 28. #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti https://www.sslshopper.com/ssl- checker.html Make sure that the SSL certificate 
 is effectively installed
  29. 29. For HTTP to HTTPS migrations you can’t use GSC “Change of address” feature #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  30. 30. Update your canonical & hreflang tags 
 so they refer to the HTTPS URLs #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti Don’t do this
  31. 31. If your links use absolute URLs they need 
 to be updated with your HTTPS ones #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti Don’t do this
  32. 32. Generate a new XML sitemap 
 with your HTTPS URLs #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti Don’t do this
  33. 33. Implement 301-redirect from each of your HTTP URLs to their HTTPS versions bit.ly/redirectgenerator #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  34. 34. #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti bit.ly/chromedevicemode It’s critical to move all the resources (images, css, js) too to avoid “mixed content” issues
  35. 35. Remember these should be permanent 301- redirects & not 302s #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  36. 36. Make sure to also update your robots.txt 
 to your HTTPS domain & update URLs if needed #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  37. 37. If you use Wordpress there’s a plugin that facilitates it #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti https://es.wordpress.org/plugins/ really-simple-ssl/
  38. 38. After Moving #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  39. 39. Validate your SSL certificate & secure content status #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti https://www.whynopadlock.com/
  40. 40. Crawl your migrated site emulating both 
 desktop & smartphone Googlebots #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  41. 41. Do also a list crawl of those top pages 
 that you wanted to prioritize #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  42. 42. Have all URLs been migrated or are there any remaining ones in the crawl? Is there a performance change? #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  43. 43. Do you find HTTP URLs in the crawl? 
 Errors, redirects & canonicalization issues? #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  44. 44. See which old HTTP URLs you’re still linking, 
 if they’re showing errors or are redirected #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  45. 45. Do the same looking for canonical tags pointing to old HTTP URLs #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  46. 46. Have XML sitemaps also been updated? 
 What’s the gap vs. the crawled URLs? #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  47. 47. Check if the Page-to-Page Redirects are Effectively Implemented with 301s #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti Don’t do this
  48. 48. … and that they’re redirecting to the relevant HTTPS URLs showing the content with a HTTP 200 OK Status #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti Don’t do this
  49. 49. That there are no chained redirects between them… #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti Don’t do this
  50. 50. And If there’s an independent mobile Website, verify that the redirects and rel alternates & canonicals with desktop URLs are correct #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti Don’t do this
  51. 51. Prioritize the fix of those pages w/ erroneous protocol, status & canonicalization w/ highest traffic #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  52. 52. Look for orphan URLs by identifying which URLs with organic traffic are not in the crawl #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  53. 53. Once you’ve checked all this is fixed you can submit both your HTTP & HTTPS versions to be re-crawled & submit XML sitemaps #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  54. 54. And start monitoring maximizing your changes to see this #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti
  55. 55. Thanks! Questions? #httpsmigration at #SearchLDN by @aleyda from @orainti

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