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    Arguments against https?

    A colleague of mine does SEO for a site where every page is https. Instinctively I'm against it, it just doesn't feel logical to have encrypted info on the public pages. It might slow down the load time. I also suspect that it could be a disadvantage from a SEO point of view, though I can't really prove it.

    Could any of you please help me with some good arguments against using https for the entire site? The site is indexed by Google though, and even has a decent PageRank but I feel it could do better, especially in the SERPs.

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    Not that I'm aware of, submitqueen.com

    Besides, with an established site (as this one appears to be), if it ain't broke, don't "fix" it. (In other words, don't make any drastic and/or sweeping changes; instead, aim for smaller, more incremental changes.)

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    Search engines generally won't index most https:// pages (yes, there are some in their but look how few). If they want their product pages to be indexed, and they should, they should not be over https://. What's the URL so we can see how well their site is indexed as it is?

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    I stand corrected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Schulz View Post
    I stand corrected.
    It is kinda odd that some pages are in Google over https://. I'd love to figure why why some are but most aren't.

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    I don't understand, why wouldn't google crawl all of them? Surely the bot can follow https links just as easily as a human can?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raffles View Post
    I don't understand, why wouldn't google crawl all of them? Surely the bot can follow https links just as easily as a human can?
    They don't read Javascript so that's hard to say for sure.

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    I'm confused... what do links starting with https have to do with javascript?

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    You said engines should be able to read https:// just like humans do. But they can't yet read javascript either so it kinda makes sense that they don't play nice with https:// yet. It seems they like plain text and only certain document formats and languages (PDF, HTML, DOC, etc..)


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