Google: Keep Security Certificate On Your Redirected URLs On Site Merges

Mar 5, 2020 • 7:54 am | comments (3) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

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So you have and you are moving to, do you need to renew the security certificate for the domain if you are just going to be redirecting it to The answer is probably yes, not necessarily for search engines but users may get a browser error on the redirect.

John Mueller of Google responded to this question:

He said browsers need it, search engines probably don't but since security certificates are free these days, just do it:

For how long should you keep that live? John said for at least two crawls, which can mean more than a year?

The topic of how long do you keep redirects up is something we covered numerous times. In general, keep them up for at least a year but in practice, keep it up as long as you can.

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