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Is indexed https considered duplicate?

7:49 pm on Nov 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I have a site that has been indexed for a few years. Today I noticed that google also has indexed the SSL version of the site. The http and https versions contain the same content. My question is, would this be getting me a penalty? If so, how to I stop google from indexing the https? I guess I can have a noindex meta if the script is using SSL, is that the best way? If I am being penalized, will simply getting it un-indexed remove the penalty? I guess thats all I have for now. Thanks for all the great information!


4:14 am on Nov 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hi Skyhigh, welcome to WebmasterWorld.

I don't think you will get penalized for 2 pages on the same site having the same content. On the other hand, your PageRank will be spread over these 2 pages, so having only one indexed is better. Try to find out if there is a link to this 'https' page and if so, consider changing that link.

With a noindex meta, Google will eventually drop that page. If you want to speed up that process, go to the Remove Content from Google's Index [google.com] page after you added the noindex meta.

3:35 pm on Nov 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

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This happened to us and it was pretty good for a while. We were listed 3 times in the top 10 because of it.

Don't worry; if Google puts a penalty on only one of the pages will vanish, and you will have a normal listing.


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