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Update Google Analytics & Search Console / Webmaster Tools with HTTPS change

Security, Tips & Tricks

You’ve added an SSL certificate to your website, securing your site in compliance with Google Chrome, as we discussed in this article. Now what?

If your website has already been set up in Google Analytics and Search Console (formerly known as Webmaster Tools) — and it really should be! — next you will need to update your site information so that Google knows your site is now HTTPS://www.yourwebsite.com instead of HTTP://www.yourwebsite.com.

Here’s how…

Steps to Update Google Analytics with Your New HTTPS Web Address

1   Log into your Google Analytics account

Go to Google Analytics at https://analytics.google.com

Log into the site with your username and password (or you may be auto-logged in if you have a Gmail account and are already logged into that)

Click on Admin (found at bottom of page, with the gear icon to the left of it)

screenshot of where to click on Admin, within Google Analytics

Screenshot of the Google Analytics Property and View sections (for steps 2 and 3 below)

screenshot of Google Analytics property and view sections
screenshot of where to click to update Property Settings

2   Update Property Settings

From the middle section labeled Property, click on Property Settings

Change the Default URL drop-down menu field so that it’s HTTPS instead of HTTP

Hit the Save button at the bottom of the screen

Click the admin gear icon (at the bottom left side of the screen) to go back

3   Update View Settings

From the right-hand section labeled View, click on View Settings

Change the “Website’s URL” field so that it’s HTTPS instead of HTTP

Hit the Save button at the bottom of the screen

That’s it for updating Google Analytics!
Now it’s time to update Google Search Console.

screenshot of where to click to update View Settings

Steps to Update Google Search Console with Your New HTTPS Web Address

1   Log into your Search Console account

Go to Google Search Console at https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/

Log into the site with your username and password (or you may be auto-logged in if you have a Gmail account and are already logged into that)

Within the Search Console home screen, you should already have two versions of your website set up: http://yourwebsite.com (with no www included) and http://www.yourwebsite.com. Now you’ll add the HTTPS versions of those two website addresses.

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screenshot of Google Search Console home page, with Add a Property button
screenshot for where to add a property website address

2   Add a New Website Address

From the Search Console home page, click on the Add a Property button (on the upper right corner of the screen). A box labeled Add a Property should pop up.

In the Add a Property pop-up box, leave the drop-down menu set as Website and type in your website address with HTTPS (i.e. https://www.yourwebsite.com/).

Click the Add button

3   Verify New Website Address

You will be asked to verify ownership of that website. If it defaults to an HTML file upload as the “Recommended method” of verification, instead click the tab labeled “Alternate methods.”

Click the Google Analytics option (Use your Google Analytics account)

Click the Verify button

Since you already updated your Google Analytics account with the new address, your new HTTPS property should be accepted in Search Console.

screenshot for choosing your method of website verification
screenshot of all 4 website addresses that should display in Google Search Console

4   Repeat Steps 2 & 3

Repeat the steps for adding and verifying a new website address, this time for https://yourwebsite.com (no www included).

In the end, you should have one property created for each variation of your website address – with www and without www at the start of the website address, for HTTP and for HTTPS, like this:


5   Add Users to Manage Your Website’s Search Console Account

If you are the owner of the website but you also have partners or staff members who help to manage the account, you can give them access by adding them to the Search Console properties you just set up.

Go to https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/user-admin

From the “Choose a verified property” drop-down menu, choose the website address that you want to add a user to (in order to give them access)

From the “Users and Property Owners” screen, click on Add a New User (upper right corner of screen)

From the “Add a New User” pop-up box, add the user’s email address and choose whether to give them Full or Restricted access from the Permission drop-down menu

Click the Add button

screenshot of Google Search Console box for choosing a verified property website address when adding a new user
screenshot for the Add a New User pop-up box in Google Search Console

That’s it! You have now updated Google Analytics and Google Search Console with your new HTTPS website address(es).

If you have any trouble making these updates or if you’d prefer to have a website designer do it, there’s always Sink Web Design. I’d be happy to take care of it for you.


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