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    Huge Traffic drop for my own country (Ireland)


    I have a few websites in the tourist sector - local guides and information as well as accommodation booking. Since December 2017/January 2018 traffic from my own country (Ireland) has dropped by about 75% on my two main sites. There is a corresponding drop in the number of keywords ranked for (according to Semrush). But traffic and keywords for other countries including USA has increased by about 50%..
    I have not targetted any country in Google Console so I am baffled as to why this should have occurred.
    As most of my conversions come from my own country traffic it is important that I recover this traffic.
    Has anybody any ideas on what happened and how it can be fixed?
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    Would you mind posting your sites in the format domain.com (without it being a link) so we can have a look for you?
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    stayinkerry.com/

    you have two canonicals and all your outbound affiliate links are http instead of https.

    With dublinovernight.com

    A load of your css is http and same with outbound affiliate links.
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    Many thanks for that information. This has, presumably, arisen when the sites were changed from http to https. I have done 301 redirects previously when redesigning the sites from old .html URLS but I must now investigate how best to fix this http to https issue.
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    What changes have you made since December/Jan?

    http to https you can get plugins that do find and replace across the whole site. (as they're both wordpress)
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    http to https you can get plugins that do find and replace across the whole site.
    You can also use a sql command it's as fast but you need DB access.
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    To fix your http to https .... this is most likely the easiest for you to use.

    1. Do this, and just to fyi you I install WP in its own directory.
    ( edited to add.....just remove all occurrences of /wp if you did standard WP install )



    2. Now modify your httaccess file as follows
    Code:
    # BEGIN WordPress
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
        RewriteEngine On
        #this forces all site asset files to use https
        RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} !^443$
        RewriteRule (.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]
        
       #the below is standard WP htacess with the exception that WordPress is installed in the WP directory
    
        RewriteBase /wp/
        RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
        RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
        RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
        RewriteRule . /wp/index.php [L]
    </IfModule>
    # END WordPress
    Last edited by KnowOneSpecial; May 9th, 2018 at 06:38 PM.
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    Many thanks for that information
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    I have removed the second canonical (booking dot com which was embedded in the head) and replaced the booking dot com http links with https. Hopefully this will improve things.
    The switch from http to https was done late June 2017 so I would have thought that the effects would have kicked in earlier than December/January.
    Apart from adding some content the only other adjustments may have been in relation to the indexing of Categories and Tags. I have set these to be indexed (in Yoast plugin), mainly because the category and tag archive pages are among the most important on the site. For example stayinkerry.com/hotels/ - This type of archive page is one of the main ones I am trying to rank for. I am now wondering if the settings I have chosen for categories and tags are causing duplicate content issues.

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