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Tips for your new https website

Congratulations on moving to a secure website! Your visitors will be happier knowing you're protecting their privacy online, and Google will reward you with higher rankings. It's a win-win. For more details on the benefits of a secure website, check out our blog post: "Why You Must Move to HTTPS".

So now that you have a secure website, there are a few things you'll want to do:

1. Update your URL if you come across an 'http'

You'll want to update your URL wherever you come across the old 'http' reference. Note that we have already updated all of your internal website links and references, so we're talking about things like email signatures, prominent external links, etc. Now, keep in mind that links to your old site (http) will not be broken. There is an automatic forwarder in place that will direct traffic to your new https website. But, you want to get the benefit of showing off your new secure status in external links too.

2. Update your social media profiles

Along those same lines, you'll want to update the URL in your social media profiles.

In LinkedIn, you go to your Company Page, click on the Overview tab, scroll down, and change your Website URL.

In Facebook, you'll want to edit your business page info located here:

Facebook screenshot

If you use Twitter, Instagram, etc in your business, the process is similar - you'll want to edit your profile or company profile URL, and simply change it from http:// to https://.

3. Create a new property in Google Search Console

If you have internal or third-party IT, and they are using Google Search Console, they will need to create a new property for the https version, as Google treats it as a separate website. If it's us handling your website/SEO, no worries, we've already done it.

4. Keep an eye on Google Analytics

If you are managing your own Google Analytics, be sure to update your Default URL there as well. Here are instructions: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/3467852. And be sure to keep an eye on your traffic to make sure you don't see big dropoffs - a sign of a potential issue.

That's all there is to it!