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HTTP URLs - Raptor SEO Data

HTTP URLs are URLs that do not use a secure protocol. This is always the first four characters of a URL of any web-basedd content.

To get a dapper understanding of what the data we show in our SEO reporting features means. The data that our powerful SEO software that we produce provides hundreds of types of data, some of this is scraped from sites and some of it we calculate and analyse for you. If you want to know more, check out the video guide below:



What are HTTP URLs

‘HTTP’ is an acronym for ‘Hyper Text Transfer Protocol’, ALL Communication between client computers (you on the internet) and web servers is achieved through sending both sending and receiving HTTP Requests.


How does HTTP Work?

‘Clients’ are things like web browsers such as Chrome, Safari or Firefox these require communication to display websites or web-based tools.

As mentioned all of the communication between clients and servers is done by requests and responses. This is done in the following order:

  1. A client (a web browser) sends an HTTP request to the web
  2. A web server receives the request
  3. The server runs an application to process the request
  4. The server returns an HTTP response (output) to the browser
  5. The client (the browser) receives the response

The images below illustrate this for you more simply:



What this would typically look like:

  1. A users web browser requests an HTML page. The web server returns an HTML file.
  2. A users web browser requests a style sheet. The web server returns a CSS file.
  3. A users web browser requests a JPG image. The web server returns a JPG file.
  4. A users web browser requests JavaScript code. The web server returns a JS file
  5. A users web browser requests data. The web server returns data (in XML or JSON).


Why Do We Show You This Data?

Well… This protocol for requesting and receiving data through web browsers is the non-secure version. Websites should use ‘HTTPS’ which we cover in another guide. Also, if you have HTTPS enabled and we are still able to access your HTTP pages, this is an error that can be fixed by implementing  permanent 301 redirects.


This guide is part of an extensive series of guides covering the data that we show in the summary tab of our SEO reporting feature. The following list of links shows all of the categories of data guides, videos and tutorials that we have. If you have any feedback on this or anything else, please fee free to get in touch:

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