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Use a simple broken link checking tool to ensure your website’s links are all working
There is nothing more frustrating then being directected to some content on a webpage link, only to find the link does not work. There can be a number of reasons for this from the destination page having being deleted, to an error within the link.
Easy to fix once you know about it
It’s a common problem that is easy to fix once you know about it. The problem is you often only find out when someone kindly lets you know the link is not working, which more than likely means many more people have been frustrated with it before you knew.
So it is worth spending a little time going through your website checking the links and fixing any broken ones. You can do this manually by clicking in each link, but this is could be somewhat time consuming, especially if your website has a lot of pages.
A broken link checking tool can speed things up no end
Not surprisingly search engines take a dim view of broken links as well. From their point of view, if you’ve got broken links, and you’re not fixing them, it seems to show you’re not that bothered about your visitor experience, and this could affect your rankings.
So it makes sense to check all the links, both internal and external, are working on every page of your site. Unfortunately this can take time and for this reason it is something website owners seldom bother with.
One way to speed the job up no end is to use a link checker tool. There are quite a number of these around and one I’ve found recently is called BrokenLinkCheck.com. All you need to do is visit their Broken Link Check page, enter your website address and press ‘Find broken links’.
What does the broken links report mean and what do you need to do with the links?
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After a few moments, if there are broken links the programme will produce a table outlined as:
#: Link to broken link page
Broken link: Actual url of broken link
Page where found: link to the page the broken link is on (url) and actual html code on page relating to broken link (src)
Server response: This will show the server response to the broken link such as 404, 400, bad host etc
So all you need to do, is to check through the links as denoted by the #, fix them or remove as appropriate, and the job is done.
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