Inbound Links plays an important role in Search Engine Optimization(SEO).So it is the responsibility of you to have better control over your Website Link Structure.
You must periodically check your website for broken internal links. As having too many Broken Links not only results in poor user experience, but this is also considered severely by search engines and there is a definite chance search engines go ahead and devalue your website in the SERP’s.
If your Website has large number of posts then it’s not going to be an easy task for you in finding the Broken Links,so we can use a Simple Plugin for getting the Job done easily.
What are Broken Links ?
Broken Links are Hyper Links which point’s to web pages or other resources that have become permanently unavailable.Which when accessed result in an 404 Error.In simple a Link which is not working any more is called as a Broken Link.
Broken Links are also referred by names Dead Links & Dangling Links.
WordPress Plugin repository has a great List of Plugins & Broken Link Checker is one of those useful SEO Plugins for WordPress Webmasters which helps us to find all the Broken Links quickly & easily.
In Short Broken Link Checker plugin will monitor your WordPress blog for broken links and let you know if any are found.
Main Features of Broken Link Checker :
- Monitors links in your posts, pages, comments, the blogroll, and custom fields (optional).
- Detects links that don’t work, missing images and redirects.
- Notifies you either via the Dashboard or by email.
- Makes broken links display differently in posts (optional).
- Prevents search engines from following broken links (optional).
- You can search and filter links by URL, anchor text and so on.
- Links can be edited directly from the plugin’s page, without manually updating each post.
How to Find Broken Links in WordPress
Step 1: Install Broken Link Checker Plugin using the WordPress Dashboard.
Step 2: Go to “Broken Link Checker” plugin page from the WordPress Admin Panel using Settings -> Link Checker.
Step 3: Now Specify the time Interval during which you want this plugin to check your WordPress site for Broken Links.This Plugin can Check the WordPress site for Broken Links in Posts,Pages,Drafts,comments etc.So check all the Options you want to check in Look for Links In Tab.
Apart from checking Broken Html Links, this Plugin can also check Embedded Videos from Google,YouTube,Megavideo,vimeo,Dailymotion.Not only that this WordPress plugin got integration with APIs of popular file sharing services like Rapidshare, Mediafire, FileServe etc.
Once you are done with selecting the options it’s time to Click Save Changes Button & go for a coffee as the plugin may take some time in finding all the broken links on your WordPress website.
How to Fix Broken Links in WordPress ?
Once you got the list You may select “Stop Search Engines from Following Broken Links” or you may go the best option of replacing all the Broken Links with another set of Working Links.
Hope this article will help you in finding & fixing Broken Links on your WordPress website.Please share your thoughts about this & do let us know if you find any other plugin or technique which does this job more easier for us.