Google has announced that it is adjusting its indexing system with more preference on the HTTPS pages. It means search engine will look for HTTPS pages first than HTTP pages of the same document to be indexed to show in the search result. When two URLs arise from the same domain Google will look for the HTTPS firsts and the other to show in the search result whenever possible. It indicates that Google gives more priority on user’s security and favours showing a secure version of the same documents to visitors.
The announcement was made by Google’s Zineb Ait Bahajji in the official blog. The prime reason for giving more weight to HTTPS pages is to provide safe browsing experience to users without any unwanted incidents. As we know that, Google has been trying hard to make web a safer place and avoid indexing pages that are vulnerable to malicious attack.
Here are the prime conditions laid out to include in the index system of HTTPS URL:
- It shouldn’t contain unprotected dependencies.
- It is not blocked from crawling by robots.txt.
- It doesn’t redirect users to or through an unprotected HTTP page.
- It shouldn’t have a rel=canonical link to the HTTP page.
- It doesn’t contain a noindex robots Meta tag.
- It does not have on-host outlinks to HTTP URLs.
- Sitemap list HTPPS URL or doesn’t list the HTTP version of the URL.
- Service has a valid TLS certificate.
Google clearly prefers for HTTPS pages and ask the webmaster to create a special redirect from HTTP pages by implementing HSTS header in the server. It is an important step toward getting secure pages in the search result and avoid attack through unprotected pages by visitors.