Google's Matt Cutts Migrates Blog To HTTPS But Uses 302 Redirects

Sep 8, 2014 • 8:45 am | comments (15) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Matt Cutts HTTPSGoogle's Matt Cutts, who is currently on a long vacation, has migrated his personal blog at from HTTP to HTTPS sometime over the past few days.

The interesting part is that he used a 302, a temporary, redirect, and not a 301 redirect for the migration.

Matt Cutts HTTPS 302 Redirect

All the URLs from HTTP to HTTPS on his domain name redirect to the HTTPS version but respond with a temporary redirect server response and not a 301.

Matt's certificate is from AlphaSSL CA - SHA256 - G2:

Matt Cutts Secure Certificate

In early August, we reported Google is giving a minor ranking boost to HTTPS sites. Matt Cutts has previously said he was pushing for it but has personally not migrated his site until now.

I believe Matt is currently on a cruise somewhere in Alaska?

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