Backlinks reduced after switch to ssl

I applied ssl on my site a few weeks ago. Before that there were thousands of backlinks in my webmaster account. These links vanished after I added the https version of my website in GWA. Now just some of them are there in the https version of the site. will google again add those backlinks? My Moz rank has fallen but PA and DA are unaffected.

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Are you redirecting your non-https version to the https version of your site?

Presumably most, if not all, the links go to the non-https version.

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yes, that is right. I have all the versions added in GWA. HTTP, HTTPS, www and non www. the backlinks vanished from the http://www where there number was the highest. I am redirecting all to the https version.

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Are you using Moz for your thousands of missing backlinks?

Redirects don’t count, right?

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No sorry, I am using the google webmaster account only. After I added the https version, backlinks vanished from the http version. However, they have started appearing in the https version and some of them are there now, but that is hardly a ten percent of all I had. Like there were ten thousand and now there are a thousand only. I am waiting, hoping Google will add them again.

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I’m guessing here, but if they are starting to reappear, it may simply be that Google is taking time to re-crawl everything after the change. Remember, it not only needs to crawl your https version, but also all the pages linking to you.

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This is common when sites change from http to https. They usually come back in time but you also need to bear in mind that Google won’t always show all of your backlinks in your Google Webmasters account. It doesn’t necessarily mean that your backlinks haven’t already been counted in terms of SEO link-juice etc.

Do you track your rankings at all? Have you found that since the move you’ve lost rankings? Or are they fluctuating or staying the same?

I had a couple of sites where the rankings dropped terribly (litterally lost 90% of my traffic), it slowly came back even though I put in a redirection to the new SSL’d site.

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Actually, no such notable changes have happened. The traffic and rankings have retained except for very slight change in traffic level which might be a seasonal effect. Busy season starts in a moth and till then I expect Google to start showing more backlinks. Overall, SSL does not seem to be having any detrimental effect on my rankings or traffic flow.

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The fact that it’s not having any detremental effect is going to be a good thing and you may find that your rankings may even appear to increase, thus traffic may also increase. It’s going to be quite hard to gauge especially as you say that the busy season will start in a month anyway.

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Yep, keeping fingers crossed and hoping Google does not cut me down to size. The current fluctuations are digestible. 5 to 10% off in low season is not bad. Everything will be clear by mid September. Till then just writing posts and pinging google. However, Google seems to be behaving lazily this time.

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