Last night, as I was doing my usual rounds of visiting my favorite blogs, I came across a very useful post written by none other than my uncle Bob. It was a blog post written about a really neat plugin for WordPress blogs called “Broken Link Checker.”
This is one of those plugins that’s really easy to install. Just upload it to your plugins directory, activate it and let it do its thing. After a while, you can check how many broken links your blog has by visiting the broken links settings page.
So, uncle Bob has over 3000 posts and had only 16 broken links. I have 1290 posts and about 180 broken links. Something wrong here?
I will admit that most of my broken links were internal. Many were external, but the majority were of photos that I deleted from the server and links to websites that I have taken down. It felt great to “unlink” to these dead web pages.
Why is it even important to get rid of dead links on your website? Well for one thing, it is highly annoying for your visitors to click a link and have it go to a 404 page, or even worse, a page that doesn’t exist at all. For another thing, it makes the person who operates the website look a bit amateur. Lastly, search engines hate links to dead pages and punish accordingly. Trust me, I know. They don’t like it at all.
So, if you have a blog and think you might have some broken links, go ahead and install this plugin. You might be surprised at what it finds.