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Change URL to https in Merchant Center?

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Hi All,

 

Since making my site fully ssl, merchant center has disapproved all product feeds on the basis of "The URL specified in your data feed wasn't working correctly when we reviewed this item" and "Server Redirect Too Often"


When I set up the account the URL was http.

I changed the product feed's landing URL's to https.

Given that I can click the "Item URL" that Merchant Center is complaining about and get straight to the correct https version, I'm assuming that I somehow need to change the site URL for this account to https?

However I can't see any options to do that.

My merchant center account is multi-site.

If I can't change the URL for that site should I delete it and add a new https version?

 

Thanks!

 

 

 

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first, you're welcome.

ssl-everywhere is still the case -- with respect to google
organic search and webmaster-tools recommendations.

the comment about no requirement for https/ssl except on
pages accepting personal or private information -- related
specifically to current merchant-center, google-shopping,
and product-listing-ads, policies and requirements:
https://support.google.com/merchants#topic=3404818

there is no current requirement for ssl for product-listing-ads --

except when collecting any personal or private information --
but https/ssl on the entire website isn't exclusionary either.

 

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(1) be certain the ssl certificate is properly chained and currently functional.

 

(2) be certain the https version of all landing-pages do not redirect, at all.

 

(3) verify the https version of the site within webmaster-tools.

 

be certain the google-account used for webmaster-tools, to verify the (https)
version of the site, is the same google-account used for the merchant-center.

 

(3) be certain that the https pages can be crawled by all
google's (user-agent) crawlers -- without any redirects.

 

unfortunately, simply clicking on a url via a browser cannot properly verify that
all url's can be properly crawled, are all returning proper (200) response-codes,
without any redirects, and the website is responding fast enough to keep pace

with all google's crawl requests.

 

(4) then, simply edit and claim the website's https url within the
general-settings of the appropriate merchant-center (sub) account.

 

(5) change any and all appropriate link, mobile_link, image_link, or
additional_image_link url values in the submitted data and re-submit
the data (feed) -- depending on which links have changed on the site.

 

there is no need whatsoever to delete
or add any account or sub-account.

 

as a pure aside, generally, there is no requirement for https/ssl except
on pages designed for accepting personal or private information --
e.g. credit-cards, names, emails, addresses, phone numbers, etc.

 

Re: Change URL to https in Merchant Center?

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Thanks Celebird but I'm a little confused about your aside.
I was under the impression that Google's "SSL Everywhere" policy is there to encourage website owners to have the whole site behind ssl and not just the normally secure processes.
It seems that's not the case?
Marked as Best Answer.
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first, you're welcome.

ssl-everywhere is still the case -- with respect to google
organic search and webmaster-tools recommendations.

the comment about no requirement for https/ssl except on
pages accepting personal or private information -- related
specifically to current merchant-center, google-shopping,
and product-listing-ads, policies and requirements:
https://support.google.com/merchants#topic=3404818

there is no current requirement for ssl for product-listing-ads --

except when collecting any personal or private information --
but https/ssl on the entire website isn't exclusionary either.

 

Re: Change URL to https in Merchant Center?

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Thanks for clarifying Celebird.
The implementation of site-wide ssl has been an SEO nightmare for me so far and I still have some way to go to fix the mess.

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first, you're welcome again.

if there are still issues going forward, posting exact link url's
or screen-captures here in the public forums can sometimes
help us offer more exact suggestions; forum members cannot
look into the feed or account.

otherwise, a support specialist may be contacted directly.

Re: Change URL to https in Merchant Center?

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Will do, thanks again.

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Morning David
We are shortly to embark on the SSL implementation too - why the SEO nightmare? Any insights you can share to help us ease the pain?
Many thanks

Mark

Re: Change URL to https in Merchant Center?

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HI Mark,

When changing your site to SSL, ensure you have a test server you can test all your links.

Here is a small checklist

Make sure all your images are https
Make sure all your css and js scripts are https
Make sure all your internal links are https

Do a test once everything is changed.

Once done, make sure your htaccess file redirects http to https and while you are doing this a good tip would be to redirect to a non www.

so if I type
http://example.com
http://www.example.com

it will redirect to
https://example.com

The reason why non www, is because it is not necessary, more and more sites are adopting non www. however I suggest you research your own findings. The best way is simple googling it and read a couple of articles. This always gives me a clear understanding.
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Re: Change URL to https in Merchant Center?

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Hi Celebird,

If a client changes their links from http to https in their merchant center is there going to be a review for the products or not?

Best,