Lately, have you been seeing anything like “HTTPS is invalid and might prevent it from being indexed” in your Google Search Console after inspecting a URL?
Well, you are not alone.
Just like you, many other Webmasters have noticed the same thing.
In this post, you’ll understand if this is something to worry about or not, or if you need to do anything.
What Is The “Error” About?
The “error” is coming because Google made an update to the Search Console report.
GSC now shows a report for HTTPS or every URL inspected.
Is it Actually an Error?
Well, according to John Mu, the “HTTPS is invalid and might prevent it from being indexed” notification is not actually an error.
Yes. This can show up for unindexed or freshly indexed pages. We’ll work on improving the UI to make it less scary. It’s not blocking indexing here, HTTPS is just not properly evaluated there yet.— 🌽〈link href=//johnmu.com rel=canonical 〉🌽 (@JohnMu) September 19, 2022
In his words, the notification shows up for newly indexed pages. It means “HTTPS is just not properly evaluated yet.”
The key emphasis is YET. Meaning that it will most likely be properly evaluated soon.
Muller further confirmed that “HTTPS is invalid and might prevent it from being indexed” notification is just for your information rather than an actual error.
Thanks! We dug through a bunch of these reports, and we’ll work on improving the UI to make this look less scary. When a page is not indexed, we don’t evaluate the HTTPS (it’s not blocking). For very new pages, it’s similar. We’ll make this more of a “FYI” and not an error.— 🌽〈link href=//johnmu.com rel=canonical 〉🌽 (@JohnMu) September 19, 2022
Should you Worry About the “HTTPS is invalid and might prevent it from being indexed” Error?
Since it is not an error, there is really nothing to worry about here.
It is just one of those things in the world of Google SEO.
In most cases, there is absolutely nothing wrong with your SSL certificate or hosting company.
You just have to wait and see an updated report.
I noticed that after a URL is indexed, and tested live, the HTTPS notification does not show again in the Google Search Console.
Whatever the case, we know for a certainty that it is not an error. That is one less thing to worry about.
There have always been minor issues like this in the past about SEO and there will continue to be. Stop bothering yourself over minor issues and focus on the most powerful force of SEO – writing top-quality content.
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