How to Detect and Repair Broken Links from your Blog

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.

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16 comments on “How to Detect and Repair Broken Links from your Blog
  1. Chandan says:

    Thanks for the tips..Could you suggest one plugin for redirection..

  2. uttoransen says:

    hi Chandan,
    the one that am currently using is – http://urbangiraffe.com/plugins/redirection/

  3. Ari Herzog says:

    I was also turned onto the http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/broken-link-checker/ plugin which operates similar, albeit by different processes as Google Webmaster.
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    • Tech Nascent says:

      hi Ari Herzog,
      welcome to tech nascent and thanks for your comments,

      that plugin will surely find out broken links on your blog, but links broken by others which are not under the control of your blog can only cured by this article… no plugin can work that out.

  4. Ramkumar says:

    Checking the crawl status in website, is really a must, i had some 5 broken links, that i resolved.
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  5. Anish K.S says:

    There are other lot of services to find broken links, try xenu.
    .-= Anish K.S´s last blog ..Become a Gmail Ninja =-.

  6. Free Vector Graphics says:

    Hi, nice post. I am using Broken Link Checker plugin in my wordpress which i found very useful. It will check broken link and can be repaired with the help of same plugin. Just give a try.
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  7. Tech Maish says:

    This is really not good for blog. You should always check for broken links.
    Thanks for this useful post.

  8. Tinh @All Tips for Bloggers says:

    I have applied this but with more than 1000 broken links, it is not easy at all. Any solutions buddy?
    .-= Tinh @All Tips for Bloggers´s last blog ..Sharp Thesis Theme Skin with 8 New Color Schemes =-.

    • Tech Nascent says:

      wow that’s quite a big number, but i guess there is no other way but to do it manually, i know grunt works sux, but looks like you will have to do it manually…

  9. Vivek @ InfoEduTech.Com says:

    Broken links can be checked by other plugins one of which is broken link checker but the disadvantage with this plugin is that it will trouble the loading speed of blog. Hope this might add value to the article
    http://infoedutech.com/wordpress-plugin-broken-link-checker/
    .-= Vivek @ InfoEduTech.Com´s last blog ..Blogspot Blog To WordPress Blog Migration =-.

  10. Online Media says:

    I’m using ‘ broken link checker ‘, its simple and more faster.

  11. usman says:

    Thank bro, it look very easy if u know how to do it, and your article show me the way to do it. the redirection plugin is very useful, i suggest all the blogger community to follow these instruction to find and fix the broken links

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