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How To Find And Fix Broken Links

By Jul 17, 2014 22 Comments

When you’ve been at the blog game for a while, things happen. Posts you wrote about many moons ago have a broken link or two in them. I’ve been blogging for 10 years. You better believe my blog has broken links in it. It is important that you fix broken links on your blog.

How To Find And Fix Broken Links

How To Find And Fix Broken Links On Your Blog

Why should broken links be fixed?

First of all, think of your readers. Because they love your writing so much, they might be happily reading your archives only to be annoyed by a dead link in your post.

Second of all, think of SEO. Bad or broken links can bring your blog down in SEO value and it’s already hard enough to keep Google happy.

How can you 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.

Broken affiliate links can be a problem, too. Some affiliate websites have tools to check and see if a link is broken because of an old offer or coupon. Others will alert you with an email that one of the links is no longer good.

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.

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About Amy Ruiz Fritz

Amy lives in Saint Paul, MN and is a freelance writer. She's been blogging since 2004 at the Chronicles of Nothing (www.nonchron.com) and loves to write. You can find her hanging out on the Twitter (@NonChron), where she met her husband, or drinking a glass of wine while writing one of her four blogs. She is currently working on a book about navigating the dating world and staying sane.

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