Did you know that by the end of January 2017, Google’s Chrome browser will start marking websites that don’t have an SSL certificate as not secure?
So if you collect sensitive visitor information like passwords, credit card details, personal info, etc. on your website and your website’s URL doesn’t have HTTPS, then your site will be flagged as not secure!
If your business has a blog (it should) you would have been gathering some social share counts over time.
Social share counts are those little numbers underneath the social network icons. They show the number of times you share a post to a particular social network.
No doubt these social share counts would be one of the metrics you use to gauge the performance of your posts.
We used these social share counts in computing our Top Posts for 2016.
But when you do a domain change or a permalink switch such as to HTTPS, then all your social share counts are gone!… poof! All your hard work overtime disappeared in an instant!!
While there are some plugins that one could use to get it back, they’re not free. So if you’re on a tight budget, then your best bet would be to start from scratch to gain all your social shares back.
Fortunately, we’ve finally made the switch to HTTPS… thanks to our excellent hosting provider who did all the heavy lifting for us.
So, we’ll be sharing more and more links to our website and blog posts using HTTPS as we fade out the HTTP links.
Have you made the switch to HTTPS?… Apart from the social share issue (for bloggers), there shouldn’t be any negative side of switching to HTTPS… actually, it will be a must soon!
So if you have not, you might want to speak with your web developer or hosting provider to assist you.
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