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It’s Time Secure Your Website

Your Website Needs an SSL Certificate

Google is now penalising websites that Do NOT have an SSL Certificate.

Chrome browsers show a website UNSECURE WEBSITE if it doesn’t have a SSL Certificate. An SSL Certficate gives your website a Green Padlock and https before the Website Address. Rather that the standard http://YourWebsiteAddress.com

A Secure website one with a SSL Certificate encrypts the information that goes to and from it to the Server.

This is a website without an SSL

No SSL it is not secure website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a clients website with our Verified SSL Certificate

Secure Site with an SSL Certificate

 

 

 

 

 

 

We must understand that having an SSL Certificate and the Green Padlock means that your website can not be hacked.

The SSL only encrypts the information between the Server and the Website.

It Does NOT make your password anymore secure. Nor does the SSL Certiicate stop website hacking through out dated software like plug ins and themes. An SSL does NOT stop your computer from being violated after getting a Virus. That can potentially get into every password protected site you log into. Some viruses can mirror the key strokes you do on different websites.

SO you still need to keep your Anti Virus Software up to date. As well as your website themes and plug ins. Plus you should avoid clicking on links that you are not sure about.

However Google, Chrome and many Firewall Software programs will block your website to some degree if you don’t install an SSL Certificate.

There are three types of SSL Certificate available today, each has a different amounts they warrant against data theft between website and server;

Extended Validation (EV SSL),
Organization Validated (OV SSL) and
Domain Validated (DV SSL).
Read more about the different types here

Contact Us today and we’ll get you sorted.

 

Improving Google Crawler Speed

How to get Google to crawl our site faster?

There are a few things you can do to improve your crawl speed.

Google crawlers are also know as Googlebots or Google’s web crawling bot, sometimes also called a spider. The more Googlebots crawl your website the better it will be indexed. The better your Google indexing is directly reflected in how high your website appears in a Google search.

Google wants to show a Googler (a person searching on Google) the best results for the search terms they search for. So Google ranks (indexes) websites for search terms. Google works this out with it’s ever changing Analytics.

Have an authoritative website

An authoritative website is basically a website that is recognised buy Google to;

  • Have relevant and recent information, this can be achieved by adding regular, informative, relevant well written (short, well formed sentences with good grammar)
  • Have back links from similar or related website, showing that this website is an important part of this topic being searched on Google.
    Note: irrelevant or spammy links from non related websites or on non related topics can ban a website from any Google search.
  • Be a site with little or no error of coding faults
    – bad links or 301 redirect pages

Google also looks at

  • Your websites security
    – are all the software that your website has up to date?
    – Do you have an SSL Certificate for your website?
    Google now penalisers a website that collects any persons details (like a contact form) if they done have https:// as the URL prefix
  • a XML sitemap installed, so Google can find it’s way around you site easily
  • Pages need to load fast,
    – so good website coding is important,
    – smart plug in are important to improve caching & file loading speed
    – images with the smallest file size is critical
  • Not being Responsive (mobile friendly website) Google penalises websites that are not mobile friendly when searched on a mobile devices, thus your website needs to be Responsive.
  • Too many URL on the one page to the same page etc, as this can slow Google crawlers down, as do spammy links.

Tips to increase your crawl speed

A couple of simple tips to increase your site’s crawl speed:

  • Using the methods above, find and fix all the errors.
    – Especially making your site Responsive (mobile friendly)
    – Have an SSL Certificate – having URL that starts with https://
    – Having a website that all the software is up to date
  • Keep your site recent and relevant with fresh quality well written content
  • Make sure your site is fast.
  • Add an XML sitemap to your site and submit it to the search engines.
  • If all of that fails to improve your crawl speed, start link building!

If you have any questions or need a hand please contact us

 

 

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HTTPS for Google Ranking

This is the latest news from Google on security and safety on the Internet

HTTPS as a ranking signal security symbol

Security is a top priority for Google. We invest a lot in making sure that our services use industry-leading security, like strong HTTPS encryption by default. That means that people using Search, Gmail and Drive, for example, automatically have a secure connection to Google.

Beyond our own stuff, we’re also working to make the Internet safer more broadly. A big part of that is making sure that websites people access from Google are secure. For instance, we have created resources to help webmasters prevent and fix security breaches on their sites.

Read full article at Google Blog

The Main Reasons to Listen to Google

  1. They are the most used search engine with 85 to 90% market share.
  2. If your website has a contact form then it is considered by Google to now need a SSL certificate to be a HTTPS website & rank better than your competitors that don’t.
  3. Yes all Shopping Cart websites definitely need to be HTTPS (have a SSL certificate installed)

We recommend that we all heed Google and add SSL Certificate to our websites, to make your site HTTPS. That is to have HTTPS://domain.com.au rather than the standard HTTP://domain.com.au

Contact us to make your website HTTPS secure with SSL Certificate