DOES MY SEO SUFFER IF MY PASSWORD-PROTECTED PAGES?
Yes, it does.
If you have password-protected pages on your site and they suffer from lower rankings than the rest of your content (that's what we call “Low-Ranking”), then yes, your SEO suffers.
There are two things you can do about this:
1. Fix it: go through all the pages on your website and make sure all the information is easily accessible. Don't hide stuff behind a login page. If you've already done that, don't worry! There are ways to fix this situation without having to remove all the access restrictions.
2. Avoid doing this in the future by using passwords for things like affiliate links and newsletters instead of making them publicly available on a page where only one person has access to it.
Okay, maybe you don't want to read this whole blog post and you just want the answer. Well its right below!
CAN GOOGLE CRAWL PAGE PASSWORD PAGES?
The answer is yes and no. Google can crawl your password-protected content, but it will not index the content in the search results. The same applies for pages that have been marked with a no-index tag.
Google is able to crawl pages with no-index tags, however, if those pages are not also marked with a no-follow tag. If you've added a meta robots command to any of your pages (no-index), then you won't be able to get away with hiding them from search engines by adding another meta robots command (no-follow).
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING HTTPS FOR SEO?
The benefits of using HTTPS for SEO are immense. First, it helps you protect your customers’ data by encrypting the information that passes between your website and the browser. It also helps you build trust with search engines, which can boost your rankings in the organic results. This is because Google has made it clear that they want to rank secure sites higher than non-secure ones in their search results.
In order to understand how HTTPS benefits SEO, let’s take a look at how it affects users. One of the biggest benefits of HTTPS is that it protects user privacy by ensuring that no one can intercept their communications with your website. This means that hackers or anyone else who intercepts cookies containing sensitive information will not be able to read them because they’re encrypted.
Another benefit of using HTTPS is that it ensures that visitors stay on your website instead of being redirected to other sites after clicking links within it. This is especially important if you have affiliate links on your site because if you use HTTP instead of HTTPS and someone clicks one of those links, they could be redirected away from your site without being able to make a purchase or sign up for an email list.
AND WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING HTTPS FOR SEO?
The benefits of using HTTPS for SEO are many.
The first is that it allows you to secure your website and protect sensitive user data. This is especially important if you’re in the healthcare industry or any other field where personal information is shared. And since Google is actively looking for sites that don’t use HTTPS, it’s important to make sure that your website is not only secure but also uses SSL certificates.
Another benefit of using HTTPS for SEO is that it improves your site speed. With a secure connection, the browser doesn’t have to verify each page again and again with the server, which means less time spent waiting and more time spent on site content.
ARE THERE ANY MISSING, DUPLICATE, OR IMPROPER META TAG/ HEADER ELEMENTS?
Meta tags are a part of every page on your website. They provide information about the page and how it should be displayed in search results.
There are two ways to get your meta tags right:
Use Google’s Structured Data Markup Helper tool. This will let you know if there are any missing, duplicate, or improperly formatted elements on your site.
Use a tool like Screaming Frog to check for broken links and other issues with your site’s structure.
If we come to the conclusion that password-protected pages can hurt your SEO, then you should take them down. But if your site has only a few pages that are password protected and it doesn’t matter much for your SEO if they are public or private, you can leave them as is.