Broken links greatly affect the user experience of the visitor. Even this affects your website SEO.
Broken links are links on your site that do not exist and when visitors click on them, they encounter a 404 page not found error.
However there are many tools and websites that help you get rid of Broken links.
But if you are a WordPress user, with the help of Broken Link Checker plugin, you can easily fix Broken links on your site.
This plugin checks Broken links and redirected links on your WordPress website / blog and provides many options to fix them.
Today in this article I will tell you how to fix Broken links in WordPress website.
What are Broken links?
When a user clicks on your post or link and when he is facing error 404 page not found, then it is called Broken Links.
Broken links are also called dead links, it does not only affect the user experience but also negatively affects your website ranking.
First, install and activate the Broken Link Checker plugin in your website. You can download it for free from wordpress.org and it is a very popular WordPress plugin.
After activating the plugin, click Settings >> Link Checker.
Then click on the “Looks for Links in” tab and choose Posts, Page, Comments or wherever you want to find Broken links.
Now, click on the “save changes” button.
Now you can see the Broken links status of your site on the General tab.
Sometimes it can take time for a plugin to check Broken links and it depends on your site how big your site is, so wait for some time. You can see it in the screenshot below.
How to Fix Broken Links in WordPress Blog
To fix Broken links, click Tools >> Broken links. By clicking on the Broken tab, you can see all the broken links with the status code on your site.
Now move your mouse pointer to the Broken link. You will see many options.
This plugin additionally shows the standing code next to your broken links. You can just click the “unlink” link to fix the broken links. But I would suggest that you update the link instead of unlink.
Note: If you are using Affiliate Links, then you will see those links as redirected links, so do not fix Affiliate Links.
When you fix Broken links on your site, uninstall the plugin from your site.
The Broken Link Checker plugin adds a lot of tables (_blc_filters, _blc_instances, _blc_links, _blc_synch) to your WordPress database, which can slow down your website.
You can use WP-DB Manager plugin or Plugins Garbage Collector to delete these tables.
Other Methods to Find and Fix Broken Links in WordPress
The most popular Managed WordPress hosting companies such as GoDaddy and WP Engine have blocked the Broken Link Checker plugin so that no user can install it. The reason is that it uses a lot of system resources and slows down your website.
If you use any such hosting, you can use the method shown below and fix Broken Links from your site.
1. Using the Online Broken Link Checker Tool
You can use the Online Broken Link Checker Tool to find Broken Link – BrokenLinkCheck.com.
It is very easy to use, you just have to add the URL of your website and click on Find broken links.
Next, enter the security code and Find broken links now! Click!
This tool will list all broken internal and external links. Also tell which page contains the broken link.
2. Finding Broken Links in WordPress Using Google Search Console
Google Search Console is one of the best tools developed by Google to track how your site is performing in Google. It tells you about other errors including 404 errors.
- After logging into your Google Search Console account, click on Coverage.
- You will see 404 errors inside the Errors or Excluded tab.
- You can also use Ahrefs and SEMrush. Both include very powerful site audit tools that automatically scan your WordPress site for errors.
Apart from this, there are many popular options like – Screaming Frog and W3C Link Checker.
Screaming Frog – This is an SEO tool that helps you find broken links. But you have to download it.
W3C Link Checker – Just enter your website URL. This will show you the broken link.
I have shown you different ways to find broken links. You can use anyone.
Now let’s start fixing broken links…
Fixing Broken Links
The best way to fix any broken links is to redirect it to another similar page. If no similar article exists on your site, you can delete the link.
But you have to set 301 redirect.
First, install the Redirection plugin. After activating the plugin, click Tools >> Redirection and set the redirect.
Then add your broken link to the Source URL field and the new URL to the Target URL field. Leave the remaining settings by default.
Then, click on the Add Redirect button. Now you can go to their site to check it out.
Repeat the process for all the broken links on your website.
Broken links are bad for both user experience and SEO, so you should periodically check and fix Broken links on your site.
I want to say again, Broken Link Checker plugins are the best. But it can slow down your site. So after searching and fixing Broken Link, remove it from your site.
In addition, you can use BrokenLinkCheck.com which helps to find Broken Link on your site for free.
After finding the Broken Links, redirect them to a similar page with 301 Redirection.
Hope this text helped take away Broken links from your website.
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