I had my websites load over insecure HTTP (http://www.example.com) and after going through all the experts' blabbering about how it's better to have sites load over HTTPS I set them all up to use SSL and redirected (301) everything from HTTP to HTTPS version as all experts claim having both HTTP and HTTPS versions basically equals to content duplication and is bad.
I also created a 2nd GWT property for each site since big daddy G. thinks changing the protocol is basically a change of website address (sic).
This all happened about 3 months ago.
Now lots of the links I had (visible in GWT) are gone, sites lost significant ranking, traffic plunged and so did sales.
Should I still hope/expect recovery, or should I switch back, or should I keep promoting the HTTPS version(s)?