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Check for Broken Links

Check for Broken Links

ABOUT BROKEN LINKS

If you have a website, we're sure you've put a lot of hard work and long hours into making it a valuable resource for your visitors. But if your links aren't working, it can derail all of this hard work.

If you don't use the right software tool, you have no way of knowing if you have broken links on your website. Even if you know about them, you may not know where they are.

The hardest way to check for broken links is to click on them and see what happens, we'll do that on occasion but only when we're verifying what the broken link checker is telling us. No piece of software is perfect and that goes for broken link checking software as well.


WHY CHECK FOR BROKEN LINKS?

You can get away with having a couple of broken links on a website, for instance on occasion the websites being pointed to are temporarily down for one reason or another. A well-maintained website is a website a visitor may want to return to. If your visitors click on links and they always seem to be broken links, they'll stop returning.

Google's search engine will penalise websites with a lot of broken links so good links benefit your visitors and that's surely a key reason you should clean up any broken links.

To avoid these potential pitfalls, you should periodically check for broken links on your entire website. If you're wondering how to do this, you're not alone - the good news is that it's not that hard to check yourself. The steps below outline a quick and easy method of checking your wesbite for broken links:

  • Google Analytics
  • Online Broken Link Checker
  • W3C Broken Link Checker

After identifying your broken links, create an Excel spreadsheet to track link redirect processes. Name it something like "Broken Link Redirect Report". In Google Analytics, you can export the report you just created by clicking 'Export - CSV for Excel' on the top of the page and downloading the file. Once you've done this it's best to go through each page on your website and either remove the links or add a permanent 301 redirect.


NEED ADDITIONAL HELP?

We'd love to help you perform a full broken link check of your website. If you'd rather let an expert take a look at your website and fix your broken links then Get in Touch with us and we'll come back to you with an approximate cost and timescale.