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Building a Solo-Build-It (SBI) Website - Traffic Changes After Move To HTTPS

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Losing Traffic/What am I doing wrong?

What am I doing wrong?

 #1386243  by Kai from wellbeingalignment.com 
 12 Nov 2017 11:35


I would love an overall review of my site. https://www.wellbeingalignment.com/

My traffic has gone steadily down in the last 12 months.
It went from 27,807 monthly visitors in October of 2016 to 17,812 for October of this year.

Right now my daily visitors is at 666.

I updated the site to a responsive design in July and traffic began going up for awhile, then back down.

I updated to https the first day the converter came out in July. From what I’ve read, that could be affecting traffic, but I’m wondering if there is something else I’m missing….?

I’m adding content - a month ago I added a new 9-page series ( https://www.wellbeingalignment.com/how- ... lousy.html ) with a really good keyword. All 9 pages are T2 pages.

I’ve made sure that my site is mobile friendly. I did the Google test and it was all positive.

I’ve increased my social presence on Facebook, Twitter, GooglePlus, Pinterest, Tumblr, Linked In and Referral Key.

I’ve added Facebook commenting to all my main pages.

I would think that all that would boost traffic.

So, I’m wondering if there is something wrong with my site itself that I’m missing.

I welcome all feedback. Please let me know anything that you see that I’m doing that is hurting traffic, or any ideas you have that would help increase traffic.

Thank you!

I appreciate it very much.  

All the best to you!

http://www.wellbeingalignment.com/ WellBeing Alignment • Healing in Pure Awareness.
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I don't know. I just had a look and I can't see anything wrong with your site. Well laid out, no errors in code showing up. 

Could be just too much competition in your niche, maybe? Spiritual healing type sites are pretty popular. Don't know what else it could be.

Re: What am I doing wrong?

 #1386246  by Elly from professional-counselling.com 
 12 Nov 2017 13:42

Hello Kai,

Elly from professional-counselling.com wrote:
I changed the site over to https about 3 weeks ago and, as predicted, traffic dropped - not so much in the first week, but in the latter two (overall 12%).

I know I could do more on social media, particularly Pinterest, but my expectations of seeing significant and worthwhile results are low.

Looking at the stats in GSC I can see the ranking of some of the pages varying more than they might have done before. So, I suspect Google is still figuring out where they belong.

I remain hopeful, but I'm worried.

I would love us to be able to band together here in the forums in an attempt to get to grips with what's going on. Is it happening to all niches, to some? What are we missing? What can we expect in terms of an upturn?

I think it would be a really good idea actually, if we did that. Everybody post their increase and decrease change stats since the https switch to compare results and see if we can figure out a pattern. That'd be really useful as we'd be able to look at each site and take notes and see if we can figure out a trend in why some sites go up in traffic while others go down.

Is it niche?

Is it layout?

Is it ad placement?

Is it page length?

Amount of photos on page?


I'd love to know. This would be a great help to everyone on SBI if we could figure out what causes increases and decreases in traffic because then we could all make changes and every body improve, hopefully everybody be able to see an increase instead of a decrease.

My traffic is actually going up.

It was stagnant most of the year, but started increasing a lot after switching to https

Since the change to https, my traffic has increased (according to analytics):

  • Pages crawled: 83% increase
  • Appeared in search: 73% increase
  • Clicks from search: 51% increase
  • Pages indexed: 64% increase
  • Crawl errors: 52% increase (that one is not good)
  • Inbound links: 1,278 (was 400 something before https)
  • Search Keywords ranked for: 350 (was 100 something before https)

Those results are from the period: October 11, 2017 to November 11, 2017 (so the amount of increase in the last 30 days). 

That's a pretty dramatic change, and the only change was switching to https on October 19th.

I know everybody says traffic goes down after the change to https, and it did the first 3 days. It went down 7%, but then by day 5 it was up by 17% and has risen ever since.

(My niche is "writing fantasy novels" by the way)

Don't know if it's connected or not, but two trends I'm noticing, is, my pages with my YouTube video daily vlogs embedded in them, rank way higher in search results, while my pages with 2,000+ word articles rank higher then my ones with -1,000 words.

Could be that Google is favoring pages with YouTube videos embedded (as Google owns YouTube that seems logical) and also favoring articles 2,000 words+ long?

Also, I noticed that, I used to embed Amazon product links in the body of the text, and those pages always ranked very low, but after I removed those links, and just put Amazon banner ads in the sidebar instead, those pages increased in rank. I'm thinking how many ads on a page vs where on the page those ads are, has some sort of effect on pagerank with Google.


...maybe try moving your Amazon ads around into to different places and see if that helps? Not sure if that's a thing or not, but, seemed like for my site at least I got a rank boost after changing my Amazon ads around.

One thing I noticed on your site, I didn't see many links from one page to another?

In my own articles, each article links to no fewer than 10 other pages on my site. For example, when I write an article talking about my books, every time I say the word "wizard" I like the word wizard to my page on writing wizards.

Watch how I'm going to link to even more pages on my site in my next paragraphs...


The 3 main characters from the current novel series I write are an Elf named Quaraun, a Phooka they call Unicorn, and a Demon who is nicknamed GhoulSpawn.

Quaraun is an albino with hair like Rapunzel. He is also a transvestite, as well as being both a demisexual and bi-sexual. He likes to wear corsets that are 2 sizes too small for him. Quaraun is plagued by night terrors caused by the deaths of his 4 children.

Even though in his true form he is a sex crazed pony, in his human form, Unicorn is a mixed-race black Asian. He lives in a house made of gingerbread

Quaraun and GhoulSpawn both have drug addiction problems. Their relationship pisses off Unicorn.

GhoulSpawn is an absent minded time traveller also known as The Gremlin, because he drives a 1974 AMC Gremlin, in the 1400s. He also keeps pet sheep that he feeds Twinkies to.


Do you see what I just did? How I linked to the page that is on topic to the word I said? Can you see how I have now linked to 25 other pages of my site from this page here? Now normally I wouldn't put them all in one single paragraph like that. I would spread them out throughout the entire page, trying to put one link in each paragraph. I put them all in one paragraph here as an example to show you what I meant.

Did you notice how putting lots of links together in a small space of text, makes it difficult to read the text? This would be why you DO NOT put them together like that.

Also, I didn't notice you linking to other sites on topic to yours in the pages I looked at.

Not sure if it's a thing or not, but I noticed, on my pages that rank the highest, I have a lot of links out to other sites. Like, I'll do this:

I'll read an article in Forbes, about some author who self-published. Then I'll write an article for my site, which starts out: "So I just read THIS ARTICLE on Forbes and it got me thinking about..."... The words "THIS ARTICLE" will be a link to the Forbes article.

Here... I had to go look for an article about self published authors on Forbes so I could link to it and show you what I meant... I found 5 for you...


When it is relevant to do so, I also put a list of on-topic links at the bottom of the article. I shall do so on this page so you can see what it looks like,

I've noticed, every time I do an article like that, one that links to so really big, big, big website, that page will rank way higher then the other pages on my site, that don't link to an outside source.

Since I discovered that, I've started using BrainStomIt to search for a keyword, then click to see the top 10 sites in Google (the link that BrainstormIt provides) and I'll go to each of those 10 pages, and I'll read the page, then I'll write a "commentary opinion article" about whatever that article inspired me to think of, and I'll link to that article from my page. Those pages always rank really high in search results.

Have you tried using BrainstomIt to find sites similar to yours and then writing articles specifically to link to them with? Google seems to like pages that do that, from what I'm seeing. Maybe you could try making a few pages like that and see if that helps?


*This answer was to a fellow site builder using SBI hosting service. BrainstormIt is an SEO keyword search software program that comes with the service. If you were unaware of it, I use SBI to host EelKat.com.

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The HTTPS Change Over - Traffic Stats 1 Month Update

Ideas on How to Recover After the HTTPS Transition

 #1387315  by Jill from sftourismtips.com 
 28 Nov 2017 12:47

There have been a lot of posts lately on how to recover after you transition from HTTP to HTTPS, so I wanted to start a post to gather some ideas for those that have transitioned and lost some traffic.

After my transition, here are a few things I did to get my pages reindexed and moving toward the top of the SEs again.

New Pages: Each week, I’m adding pages to show activity on the site, but also continue to build out my business. Google likes to see fresh content and it’s always good to bulk up your site with new and fresh ideas.

Old Pages: I also spent some time updating older page. I have more to do, but I looked at some of the pages with the best numbers that don’t rank well. I updated those to improve the overall user experience.

Social Media: I also continue to be active on social media. I’m posting my newly created pages as well as older pages on Facebook. I edited my most recent Pinterest post with the new HTTPS links to start to drive traffic to them directly.

Email Marketing: I’m currently sending out weekly emails to my subscribers. This will drive in more traffic and show interest in my pages outside of the SEs.

These are just a few quick options to get the ideas flowing. What have you done after your transition to get reindexed? 


Re: Ideas on How to Recover After the HTTPS Transition

 #1387327  by Jacki from drought-smart-plants.com 
 28 Nov 2017 15:07

I submitted my two biggest sites to blogarama.com and ping-o-matic.com - although I'm a little gunshy after getting pecked by the Penguin. I also 'fetched and rendered' by Google bot (in Webmaster Search Console) in both desktop and mobile. If that still doesn't get things going I'll start submitting urls page by page. It looks like everything http that was indexed is now indexed as https, so it's just a matter of time. I also ran a broken link checker.

  • Oct 19: switched to https
  • Oct 19: got/added new Google code
  • Oct 19: created new Google Search Consol profile for the https url
  • Oct 19: made new custom .xml/rss feed for the https version of my site (using Xml It in my SBI dashboard
  • Oct 19: submitted the new .xml/rss feed to Google
  • Oct 19: submitted the new .xml/rss feed to Bing (creating new profile not required)
  • Oct 21: 400+ https pages reported indexed by Google
  • Oct 21: 700+ https pages reported indexed by Bing

The one I highlighted, I highlighted, because I think it is the step I did, that caused me to have an increase in traffic, instead of a decrease in traffic the way many others are reporting seeing. I also think that step is the reason Google and Bing had my https pages indexed in less than 48 hours after the https change over.

Stats as of today November 28:

  • Clicks from search: up 38%
  • Appeared in search: up 95%
  • Pages crawled: up 98%
  • Crawl errors: up 57% (that's bad)
  • Pages indexed: down 4% 

(those %s are according to the chart on my analytics dashboard, from the chart that shows changes for the last 30 days, with date set to show from Oct 1 to Nov 25)

  • Nov 28: my site has 1,663 pages
  • Nov 28: 1,160 http pages indexed by Bing (was 1,217 before the change to https)
  • Nov 28: 818 http pages indexed by Google (was 845 before the change to https)

So, most of the pages are already indexed, and the few remaining should be soon, as a few more seem to be added each day.

I've not made any change in creating and updating pages. I'm still publishing 1 to 5 new pages a day, updated 1 to 3 as well.

My social network linking has not changed. I just share my new and/or updated pages on Twitter/FaceBook/Tumblr/Google+/Pinterest/Reddit(my user profile)/LinkedIn. (So 1 to 8 pages get shared per day, each page on each social media). So there has been no increase in social networking, it's just the same as usual.

Google and Bing, though they show an increase in both clicks and appearance in search results, both continue to each make up about 12% of my traffic, with the bulk of my traffic (about 70%) coming from my "notification squad" (the people who follow me on social media and arrive to check out my new pages daily, as soon as I send out the links on social media).

So, even though there is an increase in SE traffic, social media traffic is still my primary traffic source. 

If you haven't done so already, I highly recommend you go to Xml It in your dashboard and create a new custom rss feed for your site, and submit it to Google Search Console and Bing. Cause I think that's why my https pages got indexed so fast and why my SE traffic increased instead of decreased. It's the only thing I did different from my normal every day stuff, so it's the only reason I can think of to explain the results I got.

Hope that helps.


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What did you do today to step closer to that goal?
Whatever you do, be your best at it!
And remember to have yourself a great and wonderfully glorious day!


The traffic side effects since the https change over
January 2018 Update
3 months since the switch from http to https

Is Google lowering my traffic and income because...

 #1389381  by John from escape-to-sarasota.com 
 04 Jan 2018 08:08

Is Google lowering my traffic and income because I haven't yet converted my site to HTTPS? One of their optimization tips in my AdSense Dashboard says not being secure affects my rankings. So, I'm right in the middle of snowbird/tourist/spring break (soon) season and didn't want to make the change until after season. But if they are penalizing now I'm making less and getting less traffic. What do I do? Google is really a bunch of B------s. How much traffic will I lose when I convert as opposed to leaving it until after season?

John D.

Google did say to convert to https before Nov 2017, because the were rolling out something new early in 2018, and any site not converted prior to Nov 2017 would be affected, but Google was rather vague in their announcement. So, if your site's not converted yet, and now it's 2018, that certainly could be the issue, though like Debs said, there are so many other things it could be as well.

I did notice however, that I changed to https October 19 and now 3 months later, my traffic from Google search clicks has increased 63% from what it was in September. I can't see any other reason for it other then the https change. There have been no other changes to my site, and the traffic has not increased that much from other sources (social media, Bing, etc) the big increase is only from Google search clicks itself, which indicated to me that the https conversion did affect my Google rank somehow.

ETA: I just checked. Bing reports a 9% increase since the https switch, so I've got a slight traffic increase from Bing as well a from Google since the switch.

I did not see any decrease in traffic at all after the switch, though I know other people said they saw traffic decrease. So, I'm not sure what determines why some saw a decrease and others saw an increase after the https change. I don't know how Google determines what it does to who and why.

So as of right now, January 5, 2018 I'm at:

  • 63% traffic increase from Google
  • 9% traffic increase from Bing

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