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    Prior to Adding SSL Cert. We Were #2


    Hello,

    Our website is www.therodneyguy.com, which the domain is registered and hosted through GoDaddy. I also created the site using their Website Builder service. Shortly after the site was published, and I optimized it using their SEO Wizard tool, we quickly shot up to #2 for our targeted search term, 'Rodney Dangerfield Impersonator.' Godaddy representatives then talked me into adding the SSL Certificate so that we would get the 'https' prefix and the little green padlock icon to indicate a 'secure' website.

    They also suggested that I use the Google Webmaster Tool to expedite the indexing of the new 'https' version. Well, after we had the SSL added, and I went through the step-by-step instructions through the Google Webmaster Tool. After doing that, we literally were nowhere to be found in Google. As instructed by Google during the set-up process, I verified all versions of the website; the http and https versions, with and without the 'www'. The only thing I didn't add was the site map during the steps, because our website is literally only two pages, so at this time no site map is necessary.

    Prior to this new website, back in 2012, we had an entirely different website created by a web designer, but his company went under, along with the DNS servers it was pointing to, and near the end of last year, we lost everything. I then decided to then just do everything through GoDaddy this time around. Several days ago, I typed in 'Therodneyguy' in a Google Search, and some weird listing was coming up for a 'sitemap' when I never added a sitemap with our recent new version. I later then realized through the Google Webmaster Search Console, in the Sitemap section, it was showing a sitemap for us which it had listed as being created in 2012, so obviously it was picking up some the old sitemap from the old website. I then deleted it out of the Search Console because I would assume that was confusing Google's indexing.

    For several days now, we have been on the third page of Google. Since we were #2 prior to adding the SSL, I would assume that everything I did through their SEO Wizard tool was correct, and nothing really needs to be changed with the website's home page title, key phrases, tags, content, etc, so something is not right with another area, and I'm thinking that it might be through the Google Webmaster Tool. There are no Crawl errors or anything showing either, so I have no idea what happened. I would like to know what I should do next to help Google index back to where we once were. Thank you for any help.

    ~Ralph T.
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    Quick question, did you create a new property within search console for the https version ?
    You cannot use your old one as that is for the old version. Common mistake.
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    Hello,

    Thank you for your reply. As per Google's instructions (see first screen shot), I created a new property for every version; http , https, www, and non-www (see second screen shot).

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    Thats cool, it was just a lot of people carry on looking at their old property and see rankings drop so just wanted to confirm we are all talking off the same sheet.

    I will have a dig around your site and see if I can spot any issues.
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    Hello Chedders,

    Ok, thank you for that confirmation, and also thank you for taking a look at the site to see what you find. Everything I did pertaining to SEO related content on the site, I was walked through using the SEO Wizard on the Godaddy Website Builder. However, this is not my first rodeo when it comes to SEO, and I did have some prior knowledge regarding content, titles, keywords, etc. Thanks again.
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    Well the good news is I am seeing it in #10
    I could not find anything that would prevent your old rankings to not be achieved so I would imagine its just a matter of time while google transfer the page rank that was going from the old site to the new via links.
    It is usual to see a small dip but this is normally temporary when converting over to https and within 2 or 3 days it should be back to normal or better (hopefully)

    I would give it until the end of the weekend to see if things improve if not then shout out again as there is nothing really jumping at at the moment.
    There are some tweaks you could do to the site to try and improve it later but I think the important thing for now is to wait to see if the rankings come back.
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    Hello Chedders,

    Well, that's great, I appreciate the optimism, and I'll definitely take your word for it. I'm sure you're correct, and I was thinking the same thing (that it was a temporary downgrade), but I just wanted to make sure. Did you use 'Rodney Dangerfield Impersonator' as your search term to locate us at #10? Just wondering.

    Will definitely keep an eye on it until the end of the weekend like you said, and will let you know either way. Thank you once again for your assistance.

    ~Ralph

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