Your blog might not have any on site broken links, that is all your blog links, for example, posts, pages, tags etc. are all up and live. However, that being said, you cannot control the Internet. While a post on your blog might looks like this – uttoransen.com/very-good-live-post and someone just copied it like – uttoransen.com/very-go…-post and social bookmarked it on some very good social sites, or added it to some forums, or possibly linked you from their blogs and websites. Human error you can call this, but it is certainly making your 404 error page busy and it’s something that you can’t be proud of. Not only that, you are losing visitors and link juice that could be yours.
So, here are some steps that can help you to find and repair broken links and give your visitors a good surfing experience.
Login to your Google Webmaster center. If you don’t have an account, sign up with your Google account. You will have to add your website and verify, only then you will be able to use the tools and features provided free by Google.
Once everything is done, navigate to the diagnostic tab on the left and click on the – “crawl errors”. On that page, click on the – “not found” tab on the top. Copy down all the links that are broken. If you find some really good broken backlinks, then you can email the site owners to correct the links, but in most cases you will find a lot of low quality random back links. So, forget the source of those backlinks, just copy down the broken links of your own blog. Then browse your blog for the correct links and make a list of those.
Login to your wordpress admin panel. Install redirection Plugin. Then go to the Plugin option and put the broken link as the source and add the correct link as the target. All those broken links will be 301 redirected to the correct pages of your blog.
That’s it. All those broken links, which existed without you making any mistakes, are now fixed. Happy blogging.