In episode 107 of our weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one participant asked if there’s a way to tell Google to only use the HTTP version of one’s site.
The exact question was:
Happy Thanksgiving! I really need your help in finalizing my website preferred format in search console – I am a bit desperate and confused. If you would be so kind, I could use some specific steps you would do to get this done. Here are the things confusing me.
As you suggested, I now have both http and https versions of my site verified in search console.
1) Where or How exactly do I tell Google to use only the http version? I have read all the Google info to “canonical it over in the headers of the pages”, etc, but am confused. Do I need to add a rel=canonical on every page on my site? If so, where and how.