Many websites will soon get a boost in their ranking. This is going to happen by Google implementing a SSL certificate onto websites. This certificate automatically gives a boot in the site’s ranking.
Though this certificate will raise a websites ranking, it will only be a minor raise. In fact, Google announced that this raise does not compare with that of a website containing quality content.
According to Google specialists, this SSL certificate will send forth a strong signal, and this strong signal will give a website the raise. These specialists have also stated that they will only affect one percent of websites. The goal that Google has is for all people to switch their website from HTTP to HTTPS. Google has tested HTTPS in every way, and there is no sign of negativity at all.
Max Cutts, Google’s manager of search spam, once said he would love to make SSL factor into ranking. Though Max is on leave for a great while, Google has started this project without him, and they are looking successful.
Concerns With HTTPS?
Many website owners and developers have many questions when discussing the switch from HTTP to HTTPS. However, the biggest question they have is whether or not SEO will be a factor. Google has released a statement saying that SEO will not be a factor at all. However, website owners and developers must let Google know they are switching from HTTP to HTTPS.
With their statement, Google also gave a set of guidelines, which include but are not limited to:
Pick the correct certificate, which can be single, wildcard, or multi-domain.
Only use a 2048 key certificate.
Use websites that reside in the same secure domain.
Use robots.txt to not hinder your HTTPS site from crawling.
Visit the site move article produced by Google; all of the guidelines are presented therein.
Google has even updated the Webmaster Tools; this will improve the overall use of HTTPS websites.
Here is good tool to check SSL : SSL Checker