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Planning on moving to HTTPS? Here are 13 FAQs! What's missing? Let me know in the comments and I'll expand this over time, perhaps it's even worth a blog post or help center article. Note that these are specific to moving an existing site from HTTP to HTTPS on the same hostname. Also remember to check out our help center at https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/6073543

# Do I need to set something in Search Console? No, just add the HTTPS site there. The change-of-address setting doesn't apply for HTTP -> HTTPS moves.

# How can we do an A/B test? Don't cloak to Googlebot specifically, use 302 redirects + rel=canonical to HTTP if you want to test HTTPS but not have it indexed. Don't block via robots.txt . More about A/B testing at https://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.ch/2012/08/website-testing-google-search.html (302 redirects aren't cached.)

# Will the rel=canonical guarantee that the HTTP URL is indexed? No, but it's a very strong signal when picking the indexed URL.

# What's the next step after testing? Follow our site-move documentation ( https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/6033049 ). Use 301 redirects from HTTP to HTTPS, confirm the new version by adding a rel=canonical on the HTTPS page, pointing to itself, and submit sitemaps including both HTTP & HTTPS URLs with new change-dates (in the long run, just keep the HTTPS sitemap).

# What about the robots.txt file? The HTTPS site uses the HTTPS robots.txt file. Check that it's reachable or serves a 404 result code, and check that your HTTP URLs aren't blocked by the HTTP robots.txt file.

# Is it OK to have just some pages on HTTPS? Yes, no problem! Start with a part, test it, add more.

# Should I move everything together, or is it fine to do sections? Moving in sections is fine.

# Will I see a drop in search? Fluctuations can happen with any bigger site change. We can't make any guarantees, but our systems are usually good with HTTP -> HTTPS moves.

# Which certificate do I need? For Google Search, any modern certificate that's accepted by modern browsers is acceptable.

# Do I lose "link juice" from the redirects? No, for 301 or 302 redirects from HTTP to HTTPS no PageRank is lost.

# Will we see search keywords in Google Analytics when we're on HTTPS? This won't change with HTTPS, you can see the search queries in Search Console.

# How can I test how many pages were indexed? Verify HTTP / HTTPS separately in Search Console, use Index Status for a broad look, or the sitemaps indexed counts for sitemap URLs.

# How long will a move from HTTP to HTTPS take? There are no fixed crawl frequencies, it depends on the size of your site, and the speed of crawling that's possible. The move takes place on a per-URL basis.


Hope this helps clarify some of the open questions! Let me know if there's anything missing.

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+Stanford University  and the VA use Google technologies like BigQuery, Cloud Dataflow, and Genomics to look at human genome data, showing orders of magnitude faster turnaround for some common analyses. Read the paper for more details! 
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New book club set up by +Dawn Anderson, myself and a few friends.

Not sure what to read?

Need some recommendations by others in your field for what's good, bad and just plain ugly?

So far, over 70 book recommendations / critiques and 49 members (from all over the world). 

Come & join our community :)

(Great book suggestions already left by +Bex Lewis +Dean Cruddace +Bill Slawski, +Barry Adams, +Rohan Ayyar, +Adwin Anderson, +Ben Pritchard, +Natalie Mott, +Peter Handley and more coming through daily)
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What We Searched for in 2015, and What That Means for Marketers

What did the world search for in 2015? Google's annual "A Year in Search" retrospective is a chance to look back on the trends that defined the year. And it's a reminder that in moments of need, no matter how big or small, people turn to Google and YouTube. See what this means for marketers. Learn more in this post from the +Think with Google team below. 
Find out what the world searched for in 2015, and what that means for marketers in the New Year.
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Bill and Ammon (+Bill Slawski  and +Ammon Johns   ) reprise their role as the "Wyld Stallyns" of SEO, with bodacious babe +Kristin Drysdale helping wrangle comments, and stop them chasing squirrels.  (okay, a more realistic goal: prevent them chasing too many squirrels).  +Terry Van Horne joins us to release more squirrels when Kristin isn't looking.

(No squirrels are harmed in the making of this program)


About Bill and Ammon's Bogus Hangout
This is not a polished, planned and scripted event.  This is a casual hangout with old friends and new, shared with all.  Somewhere around the halfway point, we'll post the link for anyone who wishes to come and join us (space permitting) allowing us to meet even more old and new friends.

The idea of pre-planning, a set topic, or even simply knowing who will be on the show this week?  All totally bogus.

Free Air-Guitars to all attendees (exact model and colour may vary with imagination)

Our general style is to issue uninvited invitations, naming folks we think might like a chat, without asking first if they are available (or willing). 

This week  our uninvited invitations have gone to +Tony Dimmock, +Steve Gerencser, +Lee Rickler, +Gina Fiedel, +Melissa Fach, and +Alexandra Riecke-Gonzales which will come as a surprise to all of them.   That's how we roll.     

As ever, we'll open up the invitations to all for any empty seats once the hangout has begun.  Feel free to jump in and not only join the conversation, but help steer it.

We have no idea yet who will actually turn up, and that's how we like it.  
Excellent!

#BeExcellent   #bogushangout   
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If you haven't read +Jennifer Slegg & +The SEM Post's excellent #GooglePanda  guide yet, I strongly suggest you do so.

+Gary Illyes stated that it was "brilliant!". (https://twitter.com/methode/status/686605219719954432)
Note: We have many brand new quotes about Panda from Google attributed to a “Google Spokesperson.” These are all quotes given directly to the author and The SEM Post by Google. All other Google quotes are cited to their sources. Google Panda is one of Google’s ranking filters that seeks to downrank pages that are …
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Was it Penguin? Many are seeing massive Google ranking changes throughout the weekend. https://www.seroundtable.com/massive-google-fluctuations-tests-21454.html
I rarely post about Google updates over the weekend, in fact, the last time I posted on a weekend was when Penguin 3.0 launched on or around October 17, 2014. Well, I am not saying what we are seeing
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Great idea by +Darren Shaw​ - sign up to +Whitespark​'s new aggregated local search newsletter!
 
Are you obsessed with local search (like I am) and want to make sure you know about all the posts getting published from all the best local search blogs? Well, I'm pleased to announce that we just launched our Whitespark Local Pulse daily newsletter that aggregates all the local search blogs into one nice daily digest. Enjoy!
http://www.whitespark.ca/local-pulse
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As owner of Dimmock Web Marketing I oversee all aspects of SEO, internet marketing, web usability and design projects including local SEO, website structuring and navigation to online promotion, PPC advertising, social media sharing and conversion strategy.

Previously, I spent most of my working life within sales account management, then completely changed direction to form my own internet marketing company.

By applying my knowledge and insight of business and corporate operations to online marketing, I understand the challenges and concerns most businesses face. 

What floats my boat? Helping businesses grow their brand online, generate leads, increase sales and improve company profit through website marketing.

You can also find out more about me on my blog :)
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