Dumb SEO Questions

(Entry was posted by Neil Cheesman on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Thursday, September 20, 2018).

Will linking to websites that don`t have valid SSL certificates hurt ranking?

Re external links (outbound and relevant to the webpage content) to websites that don`t have valid ssl certificates - Does this have any impact on seo? Should these be no-followed? Or, they are fine and leave as-is.

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Selected answers from the Dumb SEO Questions G+ community.

  • Michael Martinez: They are fine as long as they are the links you want to share with your visitors. Whether a site has a valid SSL certificate doesn`t mean anything to a search engine. While that COULD change some day in the future, the mere possibility itself is not a valid reason to worry about whether a link should use "nofollow". If you don`t believe a site is worth linking to, don`t link to it.
  • Neil Cheesman: Thanks - we have reviews of theatre productions and while we don`t sell any tickets for them we provide the link for customers to visit the theatres` websites - some of these are `fringe` venues and updating a website is not high on their agenda.
  • Michael Martinez: I would absolutely not worry about the links. They are fine, you will be fine, and your visitors will hopefully have a good time.
  • Neil Cheesman: If I don`t provide them then the user would have to go back to serps and search for it... ease of use really.

View original question in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Thursday, September 20, 2018).

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