Managing any size of a website, links, images and redirects you’ve created is a hard work.
Broken links are a blogger’s worst nightmare. In addition to providing your blog’s visitors with a poor user experience, they also give your blog a bad reputation with the major search engines, and your search rankings can suffer as is bad for your wibsite’s SEO, especially if those broken links are internal links to your own site. This could happen when moving a site to new domain name. In this article, we will show you how to fix broken links in WordPress to improve your site’s SEO.
Even worse, if you have advertising on your blog, broken links also make your ad space less valuable.
Therefore, is important to make sure that every single outbound link you’ve ever posted still worked and you do not have to to visit every page and post on your website in daily basis and test all those links if there are still valid. In addition to that, you have to ensure you do not have broken images, broken blogrolls and for other custom fields too.
Doing that manually, is time consuming and also for large scale websites, is impossible.
Thankfully you don’t have to check for broken items on your website manually. A plug in called Broken Link Checker does this job for you. Broken Link Checker is program that crawls your website the moment you install it scans all of your blog’s posts, pages, blogroll for links, assembles those links in a table, then checks them all to see if they are valid. You are then presented with a report right in your WordPress dashboard that lists all the broken links on your blog as below:
So, the first thing you have to do is to install and activate the Broken Link Checker plugin by logging into your WordPress Dashboard and click Plugins\Add New, type Broken Link Checker into the Search box and click the Search Plugins button, the plugin you’re looking for will be the first one on the list. Finally click Install Now)
After activating the plugin, go to Settings\Broken Links. The plugin will now look for broken links on your website in the background. Depending on how much content you got on your site, the plugin will take sometime to go through your posts and display the results. Once it is done, you will see a report of all of your link and also the number of broken links found as below:
Hover over your mouse of the broken link for more options. You can unlink from the the post they belong to, you can mark it as not broken or you can perform bulk actions like Unlinking all broken links, fix redirects, mark as not broken.
Alternatively, you can Edit a URL right from broken links page and click the Update button:
Click the recheck button to test it and make sure is fixed.
As your blog getting older, you will realize that lots of old posts and pages that had links to external sites, either do not exist anymore or have moved to a new address. By fixing those broken links, you will significantly improve the user experience on your website which can help reduce bounce rate and increase pageviews.
My recommendation is to keep this plugin activated, otherwise you could disable it and activate it once you think is need it.
I hope that this article helped you to understand the WordPress broken link checker. Feel free to share your thoughts about this article using the comments section below or catch us on Twitter.