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Protocol Treated Like Subdomain

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#1 qwerty


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Posted 28 February 2009 - 02:20 PM

I was running a few searches regarding a prospective client this morning when I ran across something interesting. I don't know if this is new, but it's new to me.

We know that the search engines seem to treat subdomains like separate domains, so while domain.com will only get a maximum of two places on a SERP (not counting sitelinks), sub.domain.com may get two more places, anothersub.domain.com may get two more, etc.

Have a look at the attached image of part of a Google SERP. Results 4 and 5 are from the same site as results 7 and 8. The obvious thing that sets them apart is that the first two results are secure (https) pages whereas the second two are just listed as www.

Is Google treating the https protocol the same way it treats subdomains -- like it represents a different site from pages from the same domain without the protocol?

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