John Mueller recently commented that switching to HTTPS would not increase your rankings noticeably in Google, despite many webmasters scrambling to make their site’s secure following Google’s announcement that it was a lightweight ranking factor. Mueller has also made some additional comments about HTTPS as rankings, particularly that some webmasters were considering that it would wipe the slate clean of any Google penalties when they made the switch.
One of the problems we were seeing were websites with manual actions, or severe quality problems, that tried to work around those issues by just moving to HTTPS. You really need to fix those problems regardless, moving to HTTPS isn’t going to compensate for that.
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