Google Suggest: Always Try To Replace HTTP Links With HTTPS.

Wakas Javed

According to Google, it’s a good idea to replace internal HTTP links with HTTPS versions instead of relying on redirects. That is why.

Google search advocate John Mueller says you should always try to replace internal links pointing to HTTP URLs with newer HTTPS versions.

This is pointed out by a Reddit thread asking if it is necessary to replace the internal HTTP link with the HTTPS version even though the redirect already exists.

Google’s Gary Illyes said a few years ago that there’s no point in changing links when there’s a proper redirect:

Now Mueller says it’s “always” worth it. Luckily, as other commenters in this thread have said, bulk replacing internal HTTP links isn’t that hard.

Here’s what Mueller had to say about replacing HTTP with HTTPS connections and how to do it.

Replace internal HTTP link with HTTPS version

Muller gave two reasons for replacing the old internal HTTP link.

First, it’s cleaner than a bunch of redirects. And unlike external links, you have complete control over the destination URLs of your visitors.

Muller explains:

Muller gave two reasons for replacing the old internal HTTP link.

First, it’s cleaner than a bunch of redirects. And unlike external links, you have complete control over the destination URLs of your visitors.

Muller explains:

“I always try to improve internal links; it just makes things cleaner and in your own control.” Though, I doubt it will have any visible impact.

Replacing internal HTTP links probably won’t have a real impact on search rankings, Mueller said, but it’s worth it.”

Why?

Changing links instead of relying on redirects can have a positive impact on web page performance.

Anybody who hits a link that redirects to HTTPS must go through the HTTP version first. Eliminating the extra “jumps” means visitors get to the content faster.

Also, relying on redirects for internal links is very easy. Many things can go wrong, such as B. Redirect loops, redirect chains, and broken links.

When a website loads an image using an HTTP URL, it can cause the browser to display an “unsafe” error message to visitors and prevent them from staying on your site.

It’s not difficult to replace internal links automatically, but the method depends on how your site is structured.

Replacing internal links in bulk is as easy as running a database search and replace. You can change any HTTP URL reference to the HTTPS version in one fell swoop.

If you have a WordPress site, several plugins make this task easier, e.g. B. Better Find a Change.

However, if you don’t want to make major changes like this, I suggest you talk to your developer first.

Keep in mind that there is always a risk of breaking your website when making changes on a large scale. So, it is important to have a backup to reuse.


Source: Reddit

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