Google has started favoring websites with SSL certification (websites with “https”) over regular websites (sites with “http”) in it’s search results.
SSL certification shows that your website is using encryption to protect users and their personal information.
By January 2017, the Google web browser, Chrome will treat all regular “http” websites as non-secure.
With this in mind, yes, I suggest you add SSL certification to your site.
The actual SSL certificate costs about $150/yr (based on a single medium-size website) or $300/yr for an e-commerce website. You will also need some help from a website manager to ensure the certification is handled properly.
There’s no rush on this, but it is something to consider before 2017.
Yes! If you have a website or blog hosted by WordPress.com you can still use Google’s Webmaster Tools.
From your WordPress.com dashboard select TOOLS, then AVAILABLE TOOLS, then WEBSITE VERIFICATION SERVICES.
1.Log in to https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/ with your Google account.
2.Enter your blog address (without http:// or https:// in front)
3.Click the Add a Site button
4.You will be presented with several verification methods. Choose the Alternate Methods tab.
5.Select the option: HTML tag
6.Copy the content value of the meta tag….more here.
WordPress.com also supports Bing Webmaster Center, Pinterest Verification and Yandex.
Today, the web giant announced a change to its popular Gmail service: Images embedded in emails will now be automatically displayed, saving users from clicking on a “display images” link and, Google claims, making “your messages more safe and secure.” But buried in the fine print, a different picture emerges.
The new setup also means that people and companies who send you email will be able to find out when you’ve opened and read their messages, because loading these images requires a call back to the sender’s server.