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From my point of view is redundant to add all versions of a website URL like:

example.com
www.example.com
http://www.example.com
http://example.com
https://www.example.com
https://example.com

My website is going to be exclusively accessible at https://www.example.com and all redirects and other adjustments will be towards this.

It makes completely no sense for me to monitor all those property versions.

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  • You answered your own question: if you aren't going to monitor all of the variants, just register the one that you would use. – Stephen Ostermiller Apr 8 at 17:33
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Registering the non-canonical properties allow you to check/diagnose configuration errors. For example, if a canonical redirect should fail (or be incorrectly implemented) for whatever reason or SSL cert renewal failures and/or pages aren't being indexed on the canonical property, you have no way of knowing (without doing a less reliable site: search) whether those pages have been incorrectly indexed on a non-canonical property by mistake.

example.com
www.example.com
http://www.example.com
http://example.com
https://www.example.com
https://example.com

That's 4 properties (not 6), the first two are the same as the second two.

Note that you can also add a domain property which aggregates all variations (all subdomains, all protocols) under a single property. You can then "add a page filter in the Performance report to see data for specific protocols or subdomains".

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    The domain property route is the one I would suggest. – keepkalm Apr 8 at 22:46
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    The domain property is missing some features compared to the prefix property. It cannot be connected to Google Analytics for example. For a site running on one host name (no additional domain names or subdomains), I recommend the prefix property. – Stephen Ostermiller Apr 9 at 2:02

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