Check Your Site For Broken Links
Checking your website for broken links is an important part of managing and maintaining a website or blog. Not only does keeping links accurate and up-to-date ensure that your site is functional and usable for visitors, it can also give you an SEO edge over competitors who have let their site go.
Here’s how to identify broken links on your own
Having dead URL links can range from being a minor nuisance to a major issue. But luckily there is an easy (and free) way to stay on top of this pesky problem…www.brokenlinkcheck.com.
Two types of broken links.
- Internal links – Your own links that become invalid or obsolete. This often happens when pages are deleted or renamed in a manner that changes a URL. If you click on a site link and see a 404 (Page Not Found) message, you have an internal broken link.
- External (Outbound) links – This is the most common type of broken link issue, since it consists of the links you have no control over on other websites, and therefor might not know about. Whether it’s because the site no longer exists, moved content or deleted it completely, you will want to update your site with new or similarly relevant links.
How often to check your site for broken links
Although there’s no formula for telling you exactly when or how often to perform a broken link check on a site, here is some criteria that can give you a starting point. Depending on how many broken links you are finding, you will be able to tell if you should be checking more or less frequently.
Small Site – Less than 10 pages and fewer than 50 posts – check every 3-4 months
Medium Site – 10 – 50 pages and 50 – 200 posts – check monthly
Large Site – Over 50 pages and 200+ posts – check weekly
How to use www.brokenlinkcheck.com
Simply enter your URL. Before you enter the security code, be sure to select “Report all occurrences”. This will help identify broken links that may be showing up on different pages.
If you have a broken link on your website, you will see the broken link, the URL it is found on, and the server response (typically 404 for broken links). From here, open up your page and either update, change or remove the link. Once you are done, run the broken link check one more time to make sure you got them all.