July 04, 2015

How To Find And Fix Broken Links on your Website and Blog

If you have a website or blog, you should know that things always change around the web. Post you wrote about some time ago might have one or more broken links in them. There is no magic in it even my two years plus blog have broken links. It is important that you find and fix broken links on your website or blog.

Broken links on your website can be harmful in two ways:
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  • They enhance a bad user experience – When users click on links and reach dead-end 404 errors, they get frustrated and may never return.
  • They devalue your SEO efforts – Broken links restrict the flow of link equity throughout your site, which impacts rankings negatively.
To avoid these potential pitfalls, you should periodically check for broken links on your entire website. You can do this daily, weekly, or monthly depending on your schedule. If you’re wondering how to do this, you’re not alone. The good news is I’ve done this work before and will show you in a step-by-step, easy-to-follow process, which I know you will find helpful.

How can I find broken links? Can they be fixed?

If you have a WordPress blog, there is a plug in you can use called Broken Link Checker. Simply install the plug in, activate it, and let it do its magic. It’s free and fairly easy to use. It even has a setting to email you when it finds a broken link.

If you are still using a Blogger blog or some other platform, you can use Google Webmaster Tools to find broken links, but that might require a level of knowledge beyond beginning.

There are a few sites where you can input a site to see if any of the links on it are broken. Brokenlinkcheck.com is a good one, and it’s pretty easy to use. It only processes the first 3,000 pages, so if you’ve been blogging for a while or are just a prolific writer, this might not be enough for you. It can also take a while to process, but the output is pretty clean and easy to read. Of course, you have to go back to your blog to edit out the bad links manually.

In the image below you can see Brokenlinkcheck.com doing its job. It found 12 broken links on my blog.

Below you can also see the re-run result after I have done the fixing of the 12 found broken links manually.

Fixing broken links is one of those blog chores that no one really likes, but if you keep up on it, can help your blog with SEO and help your readers easily read your archives.

NOTE: This really works as my SEO has gone more effective as it is, likewise my blog organic traffic from search engines.


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