SEO Guide to Understand Broken Links and Fix Them

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SEO (Search Engine Optimization) have too much importance to get targeted visitors on your blog.

Every blogger want huge traffic on their blog and good ranking in Google SERP. Google have become so much unpredictable these days that following all the guidelines have become so much important for webmasters.broken-links

When Google launch and algorithms like Panda/Penguin updates they always combat low quality blogs which have build wrong backlinks or have too much broken links on their blog.

Google is launching these updates to deliver quality at the end user. So if there is any 404 error at your blog then this is wrong thing in Google eyes.

When a user is accessing your blog url and if there is 404 error then you failed to deliver the content which user was looking.

So we much check our blog if there is any broken link present or not.

These are the sites to check your Broken links.

  • xenulink
  • dead-links.com
  • linktiger.com
  • www.brokenlinkcheck.com
  • www.iwebtool.com/broken_link_checker

You can check your url here and see if there are some broken links at your blog.

How these broken links comes?

There are two main reasons for the broken links.

  • Page/Post is no more existing at your blog.
  • Link in your comments are not existing (Person who commented on your blog might have deleted his/her blog)

You can check all the broken links with the site mentioned above.

How to Remove Them?

Download Broken Link Checker Plugin from WordPress Repository.

Features of this plugin

  • 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.

After installation of this plugin this will check the links on regular basis and notify you when there is any broken link on your blog.

You can do all setting of this plugin in Setting > Link Checker

Here is screenshot from my blog.

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You can check you broken links from Tools > Broken Links

Select all the links and click unlink them.

Do the setting properly so that this plugin will scan your website accordingly.

Keep checking for broken links and always unlink them if there is any.

Final Words !!

Finally I would like to say that if you haven’t used this plugin then go and install this plugin to save your blog from Google penalty.

Share your thoughts in comments.

You can ask questions if there is any.

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Comments

  1. Murtaza Nimuchwala says

    thanks for the tip to fix broken Links
    As i am a newbie Blogging field, , I was really worried how to fix broken links in WordPress.
    Thanks a lot, I have learned a lot from your Blog!!
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  2. riska says

    I have question regarding with broken link, my blog in the firstly used url like this mydomain.com/2013/01/article.html all my backlink pointing to this url.
    and then i have changed the url to mydomain.com/article.html and i am used redirect 301 permanent to redirect my old url

    My question how affect the backlink to new url? and the affect will be lost or not? please advice from you

    thank you

  3. says

    Hi Kulwant, I saw your effective suggestion, thanks for shearing that with us.
    I have many 404 crewel error in my webpage, how could I fixed that, please could you suggest me some idea for this regarding matter?

    • says

      Hi Surya,

      Sorry for replying late.. If you are getting too many 404 errors then try analysing your blog and check the root cause. Further you can remove those URL from search engines by submitting from Google web-master tool.

  4. says

    Wow, great article Kulwant.
    I am sure like many others too ignore this aspect of blogging. After following this article I have unlinked almost 70 broken links on my blog.

    Keep sharing such informative articles my friend.
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