Do you know how many internal links you have and if any are broken? Internal links play a huge role in determining search engine results especially when linking to highly related content on another page.
Link checker finds your broken links, notifies you by email and makes it super easy to fix them fast. You’ll also see a list of all broken links in your WordPress admin each time you login.
The search engines look for related content from your linked blog posts that use related keywords in your content. They do this to determine how important you content is for the search results page (serps) that comes up after someone types in a search query.
So how do i know if i have any broken links?
There are several methods to check for broken links depending if you are using wordpress or not. If your not, Google webmaster tools provide a free service that will let you know thier crawl errors, your internal links, links to your site as well as other useful diagnostic information for best seo practice.
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Video – How To fix Broken Links
Link Checker Plugin for WordPress
WordPress users can choose between several tools, the best being link checker which is a free wordpress plugin. Link checker will email you every day automatically to tell you if any new links are broken. You can then view them in your wordpress dashboard. Here’s what link checker looks like in wordpress.
Your broken links will show up here and also under the tools section in your wordpress dashboard. This tool will also send you an email every day and can be easily configured to check your entire internal links.
In the meantime, i suggest you install permalink finder for wordpress or another wordpress redirection plugin to direct broken links to the correct location or at least a post that is relevant until you have fixed them manually using this tool.
I have already created a post on How To Easily Fix Broken WordPress Links Fast Using a Simple Free WordPress Permalink Finder.
Xenu also provides a free download of a popular tool for checking links however it doesn’t notify you by email or in your wordpress dashboard when they are broken.
Why Its Crucial To Fix Broken Links
Its crucial to fix your broken links because the search engines will not give you the best index ranking if your site shows crawl errors.
Link checker and permalink finder will gaurantee you are informed and redirect the broken link so your user doesn’t land on a error page and surf away.
Using Webmaster Tools to Fix 404 Page Not Found Errors
You may also find this post on how to fix 404 page not found crawl errors helpful along with the embedded video