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8:29 pm on Nov 21, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Hello!
i've just been reading this thread - [webmasterworld.com ] - and realised that 10,000 of my http pages are still in google's index. This is seven months after I changed over to https. I'm guessing that I've messed up somehow for that to happen.

I've got both URLs listed in google's search console and the http one has dropped from 160,000 to 10,000, whilst the https one has gone up to 160,000, which is the correct number.

does anyone know of a way to find out what http pages are still in the index? The search console isn't much use for that. I've tried the old
site:http://blah
search operator on google but it just returns all the https pages.

as far as I can tell all of my redirects are set up okay, so I don't think that's it. the only thing I can think of is that google no longer has a way to crawl those pages because maybe I blocked them in robots.txt or something (I can't remember making any changes to it).

I suppose I could do the nuclear option and just ask google to remove all the pages in the search console, but I'd rather not do that because it's a bit scary!
12:17 am on Nov 22, 2017 (gmt 0)

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If you remove the http version in search console, it'll also remove https.
1:44 pm on Nov 22, 2017 (gmt 0)

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>If you remove the http version in search console, it'll also remove https.
That's not good.
5:14 pm on Nov 22, 2017 (gmt 0)

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You might consider submitting a new sitemap, and it really shouldn't matter much anyway assuming you have a redirect for all http requests to go to the https version. Going to any old http page on my sites auto-magically rewrites to the https page.
7:26 am on Dec 14, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Does the user get redirected to the https version if they click through? If so I wouldn't worry and just give Google time.
3:48 am on Dec 20, 2017 (gmt 0)

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I think KaseyM supplied the answer.
1:24 am on Jan 2, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Check your http vs https robots.txt and sitemap files to make sure http pages contain http results and https return https results.

I'm in the middle of the same change. 80% of the search traffic has switched but it's taking time for the SERPS to update to http page to https. Guess it's going to take some time :)
2:24 am on Jan 2, 2018 (gmt 0)

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@Chrispcritters

If you have switched your site to HTTPS, you should no longer use *any* documents with HTTP paths. You should not have a robots.tx or a sitemap.xml that use HTTP URLs.

The sooner you stop giving Google the old HTTP links, the sooner Google will remove them from the index.
5:58 am on Jan 2, 2018 (gmt 0)

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^^ Right way to do it. There is no need to continue the http once the change has been submitted, you'll only confuse the search engines. This is one time it is either belt OR suspenders, not both!
7:20 pm on Jan 2, 2018 (gmt 0)

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it's OK to see http pages after migration to HTTPS, if you want to be sur, just click on the http pages from search results and make sure they are 301 redirected to https
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[edited by: not2easy at 10:17 pm (utc) on Jan 2, 2018]
[edit reason] See ToS/Charter [/edit]

8:50 am on Jan 20, 2018 (gmt 0)

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* .htaccess 301 redirect
* add in .httaccess: Header always set Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=63072000; includeSubDomains"
 

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