Recently in one of the discussions here in the forums, there was mention of Google giving a higher rating to sites with SSL certificates in the future.
After checking this out on Google's site, it seems they will give preference to those sites with SSL certificates in the future.
I've been checking with my hosting company about this, and with them at least, to have SSL, one needs to have an IP to oneself. I have shared hosting, so if I were to want to get SSL, not only would it cost me extra to get an IP address for my site only, but the SSL costs are prohibitive for a small site such as mine.
What do others think about this? I don't think I'll be getting SSL any time soon, unless traffic and income improves greatly - it's just not cost effective for me, and I'm sure, many other people with personal sites.
I always thought that SSL certifcates were for sites like Pay Pal, E-Commerce sites, banks, etc where people pay for services, merchandise, etc being required to give bank, credit card, debit card information.
Yes, so did I Linda, but it sounds as if the big G wants to change the rules.
I don't sell on my sites, so don't really see the need for SSL, so won't be going down that route, whatever Google wants.
Here's a link which explains a little more about it:
http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot. … ignal.html
I am not doing it. Tired of Google ruling the world. Frankly, they need to get rid of the spam emails and a way for us to block them other than toss them into a spam folder. They are virtually impossible to contact. Funny how they contradict themselves!
I wonder what this means for all the blogs on Google's own blogspot. From reading that article, it appears this is a very small part of rankings a website. I imagine all those companies that sell the certificates are happy.
I'm with Linda here. My website isn't a forum, there's no logging in, no passwords, no members-only areas. SSL seems mostly pointless for a site like that.
Plus if you have any third-party widgets or ads on your site, they all have to load over https as well, or the visitor's browser will throw a warning.
Perhaps Google will just make websites that sell AND offer SSL rank higher than other websites that just sell products and don't offer it. After all, a SSL is a sign of a secure website that protects transactions. I can't see any value in a SSL for a blog, but of course, it's nice if the blog has affiliate companies featured that do offer SSL.
Um, the rate sites those sites higher because they tend to be big, highly useful sites. But saying that means a blog should have it is drawing a bit of a strange conclusion. They like edu sites as well, but if you are not an edu site... well, you aren't. Pretending to be in a high status category that you are not actually in will just lead to penalties.
Dear Big G,
The consensus seems to be "We're not doing that, because we don't sell, so we don't need SSL"
G have too much power, unfortunately.
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