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    How do I get Google to index my HTTP page instead of HTTPS

    There was a glitch on my site and it resulted in Google indexing the HTTPS version of my page. This page was never designed to be HTTPS so there are some errors that show up when users land on that page. I need to get Google to drop the HTTPS page and pick up the regular HTTP version of that page. Do any of you know how to get Google to drop the HTTPS version of my page in favor of the regular version?

    The page is rank #2 on SERP so I'm trying to fix the problem with the least amount of collateral damage. I don't want to go to Webmaster Tools and request they purge the page. What are some alternatives so that the right page gets into SERP and I can still main my high ranking. Thanks for any advice.
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    Use "canonical" links on your pages pointing to the "http" version, Google treats it "almost like a 301 redirect."

    This is Google's own instrction"

    'If you publish content on both http://www.example.com/product.php?item=swedish-fish and https://www.example.com/product.php?item=swedish-fish, you can specify the canonical version of the page. Create the <link> element:

    <link rel="canonical" href="http://www.example.com/product.php?item=swedish-fish"/>

    Add this link to the <head> section of https://www.example.com/product.php?item=swedish-fish.
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    In addition to what PhillipSEO has said, you can completely block your https pages from being indexed at all. Https pages are typically not meant for organic search visitors to land on, and are often pages that are supposed to have secure information on them.

    1.) Take PhillipSEO's advice and add the canonical tags to point to the http version
    2.) Wait until you notice that Google is consistently showing your site as the http version. Make sure you are positively sure of this.
    3.) Upload a robots.txt file ONLY to the https version of your site, with the following directives:

    User-agent: *

    Disallow: /

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