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Google suddenly only indexes https and not http

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Google suddenly only indexes https and not http radiotuna 9/3/12 7:30 AM
So all of a sudden, searches for our site "radiotuna" give out the result as an HTTPS link.

https://www.google.com/?q=radiotuna#hl=en&safe=off&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&q=radiotuna&oq=radiotuna&gs_l=hp.12...0.0.0.3499.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0.les%3B..0.0...1c.LnOvBvgDOBk&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=177c7ff705652ec3&biw=1366&bih=602

We only use https for the download of two specific files (these urls are resources used for autoupdate functionality of an app we distribute). All other parts of the site should be served over http. We wouldn't like to see any other traffic over https, nor any of our site links to appear in search engines as https.

I'd like to address this issue. It seems that the following solutions are available:

hand out an https specific robots.txt as such:

    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /

and/or at app-level, 301 permanent redirect all requests (except the two above) to HTTP if they come in as HTTPS.

My concern with the robots method is that, say (for some reason) google decided not to index http pages, disallowing https pages might mean that google has nothing left to index with disastrous consequences for our ranking.

This means I'm inclined to go with a 301 redirect.

Any thoughts?
Re: Google suddenly only indexes https and not http Robbo 9/3/12 8:49 AM


Yes you are right,  301 Permanent Redirects should be set up to ensure that:


"Ordinary" pages can only be accessed by http;  any https request for a non-SSL page should be 301 redirected to the http version of the same URL.

"Secure / SSL" can only be accessed by https;  any http request for a page that needs SSL should be 301 redirected to the https version of the same URL.