Google Added A New HTTPS Report In Google Search Console

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This New report in the Google search console (GSC) shows why some pages do not serve as HTTPS.

The HTTPS report shows how many of your website’s indexed URLs are HTTP versus HTTPS. Google strongly recommends using HTTPS for your website to protect the security and privacy of your users. If your website has both HTTP and HTTPS pages, Google prefers to index the HTTPS version. This report is only available for domain properties and HTTPS URL prefix properties.

HTTPS Report Shared By Google

Below is a screenshot of the HTTPS report showing the number of non-HTTPS URLs and the number of HTTPS URLs, with non-HTTPS URLs in red and the number of HTTPS URLs in green. Google also points to issues as to why pages aren’t served over HTTPS, including but not limited to the following errors:

  • HTTP marked with canonical tag
  • HTTPS has invalid certificate
  • Sitemap points to HTTP
  • HTTPS has redirect
  • HTTPS URL is roboted
  • HTTPS not evaluated
  • Other issues

Errors

Let’s brief them a bit for better understanding.

HTTP marked with the canonical tag: HTTP page have a tag indicating that the HTTP version is canonical. If you have an HTTPS version of the page, you must declare HTTPS as the canonical page.

To inspect either the HTTP or HTTPS version of the page is canonical use the URL Inspection tool.

HTTPS has an invalid certificate: The HTTPS URL has an invalid SSL certificate. This usually affects the entire website. You need to renew the HTTPS certificate for the browser so they can easily visit your secure page.

Sitemap pointing to HTTP: Your sitemap points to an HTTP URL that is indexed as canonical. Update your sitemap to point to the HTTPS version of your page. You will only see this error if Google has successfully crawled and indexed the HTTP URL specified in the sitemap.

HTTPS has redirects: HTTPS URL exists, but redirects to HTTP URL. Remove redirects or redirect to HTTPS pages.

HTTPS URL is roboted: HTTPS URLs exist but are blocked from crawling by robots.txt rules.

HTTPS not evaluated: The HTTP URL does not have a corresponding HTTPS URL. If a matching HTTPS URL does not exist (error 404) or Google encounters another 4XX error (e.g. authentication required) or a 5XX level error (server issue), the URL marked as HTTPS is not evaluated.

Availability Of Report

Google has made this report available to many sites starting today, but says it will roll out in “the next few months.” Google also says that this new report is only available for domain properties and HTTPS URL prefix properties.

You can access the report here.

Page Experience

HTTPS is part of the general Page Experience ranking algorithm, which is a very light signal used to rank websites.

Google say

“As a reminder, page experience is a set of signals that measure how users perceive the experience of interacting with a web page beyond its pure informational value, both on mobile and desktop devices. It includes Core Web Vitals, which is a set of metrics that measure real-world user experience for loading performance, interactivity, and visual stability of the page, along with signals for mobile friendliness, intrusive interstitials, and HTTPS. The HTTPS component ensures the safety and security of users on the web.”

Summary

HTTPS report in Google search console enables us to see which pages Google is serving under HTTP or HTTPS, moreover it also shows why some of the pages not serving under HTTPS. So, we can dig deep to find solutions to fix those issues.

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