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Webmaster Tools Now Tracks HTTPS Pages

Posted on 3.31.2014

Google's Webmaster Tools platform is essential for those seeking to improve their position on the Web's most popular search engine. There's a lot of information and insights that can be gathered, but to date, Google has not shown index status data for HTTPS websites - opting instead to include everyting in the main HTTP site report. 

That changes this week  as Google announced a refinement in the way a site’s index status data is displayed in Webmaster Tools. The Index Status feature now tracks site’s indexed URLs for each protocol (HTTP and HTTPS) as well as for verified subdirectories. This feature addition will make it much easier for a larger cross section of 'Net professionals and search engine optimization professionals to monitor the effectiveness of their sites. 

Google inddicated that webmasters will see a change in the corresponding Index Status reports. An "update" annotation has been added to the Index Status graph for March 9th, 2014 (when Google actually started collecting the data). 

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