28 Jul '16, 11am

Google FAQs For HTTP To HTTPS Migration For News Publishers

How long should I run my trial? A: Plan for a few weeks to allow for crawling and indexing to pick up changes, plus time to monitor traffic. Q: Even though we are starting with only a section, we plan to make the entire site available on HTTPS. To avoid indexing of the HTTPS content early, should we use redirects or rel=canonicals? A: With redirects in place, you won't be able to test those pages from a technical point of view, so we'd recommend using rel=canonical. Q: We reference our HTTP sitemaps in robots.txt. Should we update the robots.txt to include our new HTTPS sitemaps? A: We recommend separate robots.txt files for HTTP and HTTPS, pointing to separate sitemap files for HTTP and HTTPS. We also recommend listing a specific URL in only one sitemap file. Q: Which sitemap should map the section in the HTTPS trial? A: You can create a separate sitemap just for the upda...

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