Google Webmaster Tools: Add HTTPS as separate property

Google Webmaster Tools tracks http and https on separate properties. God knows why. I had a small heart attack when I visited the dashboard and saw that my domain seemed to have vanished from search result pages and that the only thing people found my site on was a post about mining bitcoin.

It’s been a while since I switched a couple of domains to https through the awesome people at Let’s Encrypt, but I absolutely forgot that the Google Webmaster tools would not pick up search engine traffic to my pages after making use of the new URLs.

I just added https://jonathanmh.com to the tracking and voilà:

Everything seems alright again 😉 I’m off to doing that to a bunch of other domains now.

Increase in Not Found Errors in Google Webmaster Tools?

I got some notifications from the Google Webmaster Tools recently. Increasing numbers in both server and not found errors. Here is how I solved them.

How to get rid of Not Found Errors?

Either put the missing content back up or tell Google and any other service or visitor that it is gone for good. I’ve written an article on How to take a site offline through .htaccess, that’s what I used here. Continue reading “Increase in Not Found Errors in Google Webmaster Tools?”

Take site offline with .htaccess

To take down a website or part of one, you can just point search engine spiders to the 410 status code.

.htaccess makes it very easy to flag a link as offline or gone. It’s what we’ll use to tell either google or other search engine spiders that the content that once was there is not anymore and that it is our deliberate choice.

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