Backlink question - point to https://www.site or http://www.site ?


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When getting backlinks, should I point them to https://www.site.com or http://www.site.com? for reference, when someone goes on my site by typing in http://www.site.com or www.site.com they get redirected to https://www.site.com. Also, please note that all pages on our site have a secure 's' in them, example https://www.site.com/blog thanks

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asked Dec 16 '11 at 17:05
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Dmurtagh
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  • I would suggest moving this question to http://webmasters.stackexchange.com/ . – Refineo 9 years ago
  • Why you ever need https version? – Ross 9 years ago
  • He would use HTTPS if he had a login / sign up on his homepage to give the visitor confidence that the information would be secured in transmission. Although not credit card data, or a SSN many sites and people prefer username/passwords be encrypted in transmission. – Ryan Doom 9 years ago

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If you are always going to have HTTPS running on your site I would build up all your links using HTTPS. I assume if someone hits your homepage your web server, htaccess or some script is forcing it to HTTPS, this typically results in a permanent 301 redirect. So in theory the search engines should recognize that and be OK with it.

BUT - at least in the past search engines looked at http and https as separate sites.

I would link to the HTTPS page for consistency and so all incoming responses don't have to have a 301 redirect sent to the browser and sent over to the new page.

That is if your site is always going to be 100% https for all URLs. Then just link to that.

answered Dec 18 '11 at 12:55
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Ryan Doom
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