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You have to use the 301 header when redirecting the page. This way you're telling Google that the page has moved and it will index it. Google has recently announced that it will offer a boost to SSL websites.
The new page will be indexed and the old page will be removed from the index, assuming the content of both page is the same and that one has not left a canonical URL to the HTTP URL in the HTTPS version. Yes, search engines are fine with HTTPS.
Googlebot (the web crawler of Google) can discover your page by different ways: if it finds a link to your page from a web page (inside or outside your domain name) if you submit the URL to your Google Webmaster Tools account through a sitemap.xml In that case, the page can be indexed. In most of cases, Googlebot decides to index it (for example, it's ...
No, Google doesn't automatically index your pages, if no other site links to them. You should put a robots.txt file on the root directory of your server, which can prevent the search engine from indexing the pages of a specific folder. It could look like this: User-agent: * Disallow: /
If web crawlers get to this page one way or another, and if it is not marked as noindex and it is not blocked in your robots.txt, then yes, they may decide to index it. You may also use noarchive to make sure they don't keep a cached version of it.
To answer your question, no, it is not too late to implement the 301 redirect from HTTP to HTTPS. Don't switch back your sitemap to HTTP, it is not necessary. Yes Google can still call your HTTP site for a while until its indexes only the HTTPS URLs.
Well, you could create new sitemaps with new names that Google is not aware of, and register them in your robots.txt or submit them in Google Webmaster Tools. You would surely get the web crawlers attention, which are the gateway to indexing, but you cannot force the indexing of your pages. If web crawlers don't visit your site often, this is a solution. If ...
Google Webmaster Tools index count will fluctuate constantly especially with dynamic sites or those using common platforms such as forum software. The best way to tell how many of these URL's Google are dropping from their index is to use the site operator in Google's web search, for example:- site: example.com/forum This will show you all indexed URL's ...
Unfortunately, the fastest way to remove pages from the Google index, you abandoned. There is nothing wrong with using the robots.txt file to remove pages from the Google index. Having switched to noindex, it will take some time for the spider to fetch all of the pages and update the index. The speed will depend upon the freshness of your site in the past. ...
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