Crawl HTTPS versions of your articles
HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) allows your users to navigate your site more securely, protecting the integrity and confidentiality of their data. We'd like to encourage you to adopt HTTPS in order to protect your users' connection to your website. Learn more about HTTPS.
For Google News to crawl your HTTPS content, publish your articles on HTTPS URLs. We also recommend redirecting your HTTP URLs to HTTPS URLs. Typically, you don't need to specify HTTPS URLs in the Google News Publisher Center. We'll crawl your articles over HTTPS (when available) even if your site and section URLs were provided in HTTP.
HTTPS use with Google News Sitemap
The protocol you use in your sitemap should match the protocol of your site URL in the Publisher Center (e.g., if the URLs in your sitemap start with https://, the URL listed in the Publisher Center should also start with https://). If you need to change the protocol of your site URL to make it consistent with your sitemap, contact us.