Google indexes HTTPS pages by default

Google indexes HTTPS pages by default

Website security has become very topical recently. Many owners of web resources started to use a secure HTTPS connection because of the hacker attacks, but still there are a lot of HTTP websites. In spite of this Google has announced that it is indexing HTTPS pages by default so webmasters have a serious reason to think which connection to prefer…

On Google Webmaster Central Blog is published such information: «Specifically, we’ll start crawling HTTPS equivalents of HTTP pages, even when the former are not linked to from any page. When two URLs from the same domain appear to have the same content but are served over different protocol schemes, we’ll typically choose to index the HTTPS URL if:

  • It doesn’t contain insecure dependencies.
  • It isn’t blocked from crawling by robots.txt.
  • It doesn’t redirect users to or through an insecure HTTP page.
  • It doesn’t have a rel=”canonical” link to the HTTP page.
  • It doesn’t contain a noindex robots meta tag.
  • It doesn’t have on-host outlinks to HTTP URLs.
  • The sitemaps lists the HTTPS URL, or doesn’t list the HTTP version of the URL
  • The server has a valid TLS certificate».

Obviously this principle of indexation will lead to the disappearance of HTTP pages one day. Ranking on the one of the biggest search networks is is important for every website owner. Of course, such indexing innovation is useful for users, they will know for sure that visit only protected websites and will not worry about their personal data.

Do not forget to protect your own website with SSL certificate to get HTTPS protocol. Especially now, when Unihost offers this service for free with web hosting plans!

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