Following is the notification we received on our Blogger.com Dashboard:
Coming in late April!
All visitors will be able to view your Blogspot domain blogs over an encrypted connection by visiting https://<your-blog>.blogspot.com. Existing links and bookmarks to your blogs will continue to work. As part of this change, the HTTPS Availability setting will disappear, and your blogs will always have an HTTPS version.
If you login to your Blogger.com account, you will be also able to see the above message. We have also attached a screenshot below for your assistance:
Now this might create some sort of concerns for webmasters but we are well aware of the fact that blogger has its limitations. Looking at the bright side, this new change will bring more secured experience to your users and it also has its impact over search engine optimization.
What is HTTPS?HTTPS stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure, it is a secure version of HTTP. The addition of "S" means secure, the data that is sent between a server and a user is secured (encrypted) and cannot be hacked or access by a third-party.
What are Benefits of HTTPS?When it comes to search engine ranking, Google gives more importance to HTTPS sites than HTTP sites. Having a secure connection gives a stronger message to the search engine that you give importance to your site security.
This is the reason why sites which have a secure connection might run a little better than the other sites which doesn’t have a secure SSL connection.
Now your all non HTTPS URLS i.e. http://buzz.blogspot.com will be automatically redirected to https://buzz.blogspot.com. There will be no SEO or traffic loss. To be honest, it is indeed a great move but it would have been great if Blogger can also provided the same support to custom domains as well. However, we can only hope and see if that happens in future. Let us know about this change and your opinions below.