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SSL with Cloudflare and SEO

Discussion in 'Server Configuration and Hosting' started by Ryan Nielson, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. Ryan Nielson

    Ryan Nielson Active Member

    I enabled SSL with Cloudflare's free service and immediately experienced a dramatic drop in my page rank. I used to be in the top three for my keyword, but am no longer in the top 4 pages even. Have I done something wrong with my redirects or is this a known issue with Cloudflare?

    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} stratics.com [NC] 
    RewriteRule ^/(.*) https://stratics.com/$2 [R=301,NC]
  2. Ryan Nielson

    Ryan Nielson Active Member

    I just tried changing the rule to this instead:

    RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]
  3. Ryan Nielson

    Ryan Nielson Active Member

    I think what was happening is Cloudflare was already redirecting http to HTTPS before the request ever reached my server. As a result, the 301 redirect was never sent. I would need to create a 301 redirect on the Cloudflare server to ensure the crawlers get the information.

    I opted to just disable SSL until HTTP 2 is released. It was causing too many headaches and I don't really need it right now.
  4. Moscato

    Moscato Active Member

    Assuming everything works fine, you'll likely take a SEO dip for a couple weeks, and then increase afterwards.

    It's a tiny change though, and will hurt ad money if you use ads.
    Marcus and Ryan Nielson like this.

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