1. Kikij

    Wow, thank you so much. I thought SSL was only for ecommerce sites, so I didn’t know there was value in it. You’ve completely changed my mind! Also you made it so simple to explain the steps involved in switching over. As well, I appreciate that you included tips for re-submitting sitemaps with Google and Bing. Thanks again, Kristi

  2. Wendy

    Great information Marcus! I had missed that webinar and you laid it out so clear and concise that I had mine set up in no time.

    Do you think there will eventually come a time when Google will only rank those websites with SSL? I mean, it seems to me they are leaning that way when they rank a SSL site over a non-SSL site when the two are similar.

    Not complaining as I have come across those websites whereby my computer goes crazy and issues a warning. I’d prefer not to have to see those warnings ever again. And I’d definitely like mine to be secure so that my visitors know they are safe.

    Thank you for such a clear, step-by-step guide. You saved me lots of time!



    • Marcus

      Well, this definitely seems to be the way Google is going, so it’s best to try to keep up with them. Also, people will trust your website more if it looks secure.

  3. Shawn

    Extremely helpful article you have posted, thanks so much!
    I am about to start this adventure going into this weekend and am looking forward to a hassle free switch I hope.
    One of my websites has been blacklisted by a Norton app and the site is clean and they refuse to remove the site from their list without me paying them lots of $$$$
    This should solve that problem!
    Have you done this process and was it as easy as it sounds?


    • Marcus

      Yes, I have installed SSL on all my websites and it went quite smoothly. There were a few insuecure items to sort out afterwards, but I fixed those with the plugin I mentioned. I’m sorry to hear about your website being blacklisted by Norton. Did they say why?

  4. Larry

    Marcus, this is terrific. I’d heard that SSL was coming to Wealthy Affiliate, but had no idea how to activate it or what, exactly, the advantages were. Do you have any idea how much of a speed advantage you get by making the changes on the Google Search Console, rather than just waiting for Google to find it? You’ve lain out the process easily for us – no excuse for not going ahead. I’m glad Wealthy Affiliate is rolling it out as part of their hosting service. I wish my other provider was as, say, service oriented. Thanks for this!

    • Marcus

      No, I don’t know how much longer it will take for Google to notice the SSL if you don’t update Google Search Console. But it will definitely be faster if you do.

  5. Rosa

    Hi Marcus,

    Thank you for sharing this information about SSL. I’ve been with Wealthy Affiliate for about 6 or 7 months now, and I didn’t know about this. But then there’s so much about a website I’m still trying to learn as I work on my site and post.

    I’m definitely going to work on this. Another project to fix my site!

    Thanks again.

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