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Google analytics settings for move from http to https

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Hi,

We changed a client site from http to https. We have a server side redirect implemented, however, the http site is still showing up in Google search results. When you click on the search results links it does resolve to the https address.  Over the weekend it was not.

 

This morning I checked the Google Analytics account and the bounce rate was over 60%. Previously it was 2%. So I am pretty sure this is because people are coming to the site from the http results and landing on the unsecured page. When they click a menu item it takes them to the https pages, so that is considered a bounce.

 

We added the https site to the search console. And some of the https pages are indexed. But their organic ranking for their top keywords had dropped so we are very concerned about this.


Can someone please advise what we need to do to fix this?

 

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Google analytics settings for move from http to https

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Hi,

 

Yes, upload the plugin, activate it and enter your tracking ID in the plugin settings. Then remove the old code.

You can find your UA-ID in GA Admin -> Property -> Tracking Info -> Tracking Code

 

Let me know when it's done, I'll check it again for you.

 

You are not going to lose any data, tracking will continue normally in the same property.

 

And yes, please change to https in the property and view settings so they reflect your site setup.

 

Let me know if you have more questions.


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Google analytics settings for move from http to https

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Hi,

 

Such a low percent of bounce rate was definitely not normal, most likely you had a problem with your tracking code implementation. That seems to be fixed now having a 60% bounce rate.

You say that you have implemented a server side redirect, users cannot land on the http version because they are redirected before the page is loaded, it's nothing to do with the bounce rate.

Google will update the indexed pages to https over time as the crawlers see the redirection. Make sure it's a 301 (permanent) redirect.

The rankings will recover also over time.

Also make sure your update the URLs in GA (property settings, view settings, filters and goals)

 

If you can post your site URL, I can check for you if I can find any issues.

 

Hope this helps, let me know if you have questions.


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Google analytics settings for move from http to https

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Hi Arnold,

Thanks so much for your quick reply. The site is https://drlaraweightloss.com

 

We have not changed the site settings in property view to the https site yet, should we do that now? Could you please provide some more guidance on changing the other settings?

Thanks again!

 

 

Google analytics settings for move from http to https

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Hi,

 

I checked your site, your redirection is working properly. You are using an outdated Google Analytics tracking code, it seems that it is hardcoded into the template. It is highly recommended to upgrade the tracking code to Universal Analytics. You need to remove the old code from the template and use a plugin that will insert the up to date Universal Analytics tracking code, for eg. this one: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wk-google-analytics/

 

The http/https setting in the property and view settings does not affect data collection but it can lead to errors in the GA interface as GA might be unable to detect the tracking code on your site.

 

Let me know if you have more questions.


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Google analytics settings for move from http to https

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Hi,

Can you provide a little more detail on upgrading to Universal Analytics? Yes, the tracking code we are using now has been input into the Wordpress interface. Do we upload the plugin and enter the new code, then delete the code where it appears in the template settings, then activate the plugin?

 

Will we lose all the data from the previous account, or if not, how will we access it?

 

Also, regarding the property and view settings, it appears that you are recommending changing to https. Should we do that now?

 

Thanks again for your help

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Hi,

 

Yes, upload the plugin, activate it and enter your tracking ID in the plugin settings. Then remove the old code.

You can find your UA-ID in GA Admin -> Property -> Tracking Info -> Tracking Code

 

Let me know when it's done, I'll check it again for you.

 

You are not going to lose any data, tracking will continue normally in the same property.

 

And yes, please change to https in the property and view settings so they reflect your site setup.

 

Let me know if you have more questions.


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Hi,

 

We uploaded the plugin, entered the tracking ID. Then removed the old code from Wordpress theme.

 

Now my programmer saying it does not appear that the GA code is working? Can you please check and confirm?

 

Here is what he sees:

Screen Shot 2017-02-07 at 12.12.04 PM.png

 

Can you please check and let me know if there are issues or if this is all that will appear?  Thanks again for your help!

 

 

 

Google analytics settings for move from http to https

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Hi,

 

I checked it, the plugin is working, but there is an extra tracking code added also, so now you are double tracking the pageviews and that will mess up your data. You need to remove the second instance of the code, I'm not sure how is it inserted.

Let me know when you need me to check it again. Thanks.


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I can see it is the WP Google Analytics Events Pro plugin that is used to track conversions from form submits. We can't delete this, is there an alternative?

Google analytics settings for move from http to https

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You can just disable the new plugin you added and leave the Events Pro one active.


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