Monday, 2 October 2017

SEO: How to Move from Http to Https in Google Search Console - Webmasters Tools



Http to Https in Google Search Console

It's no news that HTTPS or SSL Secured wensite helps to improve your website site ranking on Search engine. Some website owners or blogger might decide to domain’s URLs to HTTPS but will experience diffculties indexing their website correctly on Google Search.

How To Switch To HTTPS URLs For SEO Ranking
  

Does Google treat the http and https versions of a site as different sites?
Google treats this as a site move with a URL change. This can temporarily affect some of your traffic numbers. You have to resubmit the HTTPS property of your website to Google Search Console and do a 301 redirection

If you migrate your site from HTTP to HTTPS, how will I update it on Google Search?
Add the HTTPS property to Search Console to update google webmaster tools http to https. Search Console treats HTTP and HTTPS separately; data for these properties is not shared in Search Console. So if you have pages in both protocols, you must have a separate Search Console property for each one." Use server-side 301 redirects or Plugin Redirection to redirect your users and search engines to the HTTPS page or resource with server-side 301 HTTP redirects.

Below is the best guide to change httpto https google webmaster tools of your website:

1. Add HTTPS to Webmaster Tools

You submit the HTTP property of your website to Webmaster Tools. To do this, you will need to add the site as if it were a new site.
Like all new sites you will need to verify the https version as well. Don’t delete the previous HTTP property of your website in Google Webmaster.

2. Submit Sitemap

Submit sitemap to HTTP Property of your website. This helps google to crawl your HTTPS version to Google search. You can check the sitemap link of your HTTP site and submit it to the HTTP property. 

3. Update Google Analytics to HTTPS

Unlike Webmaster Tools, you shouldn’t need to setup a new profile for https. Instead login to your existing account and go the “Profile Settings” under the Admin link at the top menu. On this page you should see a bunch of settings that are unique to the domain. You can select the https version from the drop down box like so:
After selecting https from this drop down menu, you can save the settings.


This is the easiest means for google analytics change to https of your website



4. Use server-side 301 redirects or Plugin Redirection

You can edit the php or .htcaccess file of your website from the file manager in your cPanel. Essentially what we need to do with this first step is to tell the web server that we would like any request that does not include a “https” at the beginning to be redirected via a 301 http status code to the corresponding URL that does have a https at the beginning. You can edit them by adding the new codes below:
If you program in PHP yourself, you can do a HTTP 301 redirect with this code:

  1. <?
  2. header('HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently');header('Location: https://www.example.com/path');
  3. exit;
  4. # The exit is important because if you use it in a function
  5. # you might accidentally continuing executing PHP code.
If you have .htaccess, it’s easier:
  1. RewriteEngine On
  2. RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !^on$
  3. RewriteRule (.*) https://www.example.com/$1 [R,L]
and all URLs are redirected, however there are many different solutions

WordPress users can make use of redirection plugin.

4. Edit WordPress or Other CMS Settings

This step is very vital to avoid 404 errors in your website. This involve setting the CMS settings of your site to be HTTPS as default so that existing internal links, and future internal links to be pointed towards the https version of the site. This might seem like a low priority now that the URLs are redirecting anyways, but historically the SEO community has believed that the least amount of internal redirects is better. This is especially true if you have a large site that includes the same internal links on every page (like a main menu).
In WordPress this task is simple. All you have to do is login to your WordPress admin interface and visit the general settings panel at: https://www.yoursite/wp-admin/options-general.php Once at the right page edit the “WordPress Address” and “Site Address” fields to include “https” at the beginning.
wordpress settings
Now click Save Changes.

Conclusion
You need to monitor Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics for errors to avoid losing traffic or rankings.


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