Back in 2014, Google announced on the Official Google Webmaster Central Blog that HTTPS would be used as a ranking signal.
It is part of Google’s effort to help make the internet safer. They referred to this effort as “HTTPS Everywhere.” Google now uses HTTPS as a ranking signal which means websites that have an SSL certificate will likely rank higher in the SERPS (search engine results pages.)
That being said, I took advantage of the Black Friday sale that happened yesterday at NameCheap (my domain registrar of choice) and bought a few SSL certificates at 90% off for a whopping $0.88 cents a piece!
Below, I will show you how I installed the SSL certificate on this blog which is hosted by HostGator. The process was very simple and took about 10 – 15 minutes.