In the latest updates to help you create meaningful content and optimised web pages, Google has announced that webmasters can identify those pages that are not being indexed as HTTPS, in the Google Search Console.
In its Search Central Blog, Google said:
“One of the common requests we heard from you was to provide more information regarding the HTTPS status of the site and make it easier to understand which pages are not served over HTTPS, and why not.”
Networks and users are better protected by HTTPS from website spoofers, eavesdroppers, and man-in-the-middle attacks. It accomplishes this by encrypting the communication channel between the user’s computer or other device and the website they are visiting, thereby guaranteeing the accuracy of the data delivered.
Webmasters can get information about HTTPS pages that are served in search using the HTTPS report. The study includes sample URLs and a list of the problems that make it impossible to serve content via HTTPS. Here is what the report will look like:
Source: Google Search Control
How It Works
The number of indexed HTTPS and HTTP URLs is displayed in the report. The HTTPS version of each HTTP URL is then compared to its HTTPS counterpart by Search Console (ignoring parameters), which subsequently detects any errors.
Your website should ideally only use HTTPS URLs, with no HTTP URLs shown in the report. To ensure that your visitors have a positive experience on your page, strive to correct any mistakes you find if any HTTP URLs are listed in this report.
The new HTTPS report will display the proportion of HTTP and HTTPS indexed URLs on your website. It is, however, currently only available for domain properties and HTTPS URL-prefix sites.
Use The HTTPS Report To Improve User Experience
As HTTPS is a verified Google ranking signal, digital marketers and search engine optimization specialists will find value in this new research.
Google can assist them in resolving the problems causing the HTTPS URL indexing failure by enabling them to check the HTTP/HTTPS status of a page via Search Console.
As a reminder, Google states that “page experience is a set of metrics that measures how people feel about interacting with a website beyond its purely informational value, across mobile and desktop platforms. Along with indicators for mobile friendliness, obtrusive interstitials, and HTTPS, Core Web Vitals is a set of metrics that assesses the real-world user experience for page loading performance, interaction, and visual stability. Users’ online safety and security can be ensured via the HTTPS component.”