Searching, Locating and Fixing all of the possible website or blog broken links is one additional role any webmaster or webpage owner must try as much as possible to do since his role never ends the moment a site is live, has enough contents and that visitors are continuing to access it on a regular basis. Many other functions a webmaster serves to his or her website may include ensuring that a website or blog is submitted to search engines, has all possible and required incoming links from the relevant and other sites, continues to have fresh contents which benefits the users and very many others.
Once the above and all others are done, now its high time the website owner thought about managing and ensuring that all website links are intact other than having them broken due to the fact that broken links has many negative impacts on any webpage for example they can stop not only search engine crawlers and bots from accessing such pages but too humans since many hate landing on pages hoping to find the contents they are looking for only to find a 404 error page and sometimes not even designed to help the user find what he or she may be looking for.
Broken web pages and links are more common on sites which have many contents for example a blog which has more than 1000’s of post pages and sometimes, they happen when the owner does not know and that is why many recommend that any webmaster should spare some time on a weekly basis to investigate his or her blog thoroughly so as to identify any possible broken links and fix them the sooner in order to avoid the outcomes and in this post, I have compiled a list of those tools which anyone can use when it comes to identifying and fixing such broken-links.
The Negative Side Of Broken Links
In brief, broken links may in the long run lower your page rank, site reputation, make visitors not to return, harm your overall website SEO, make search bots fail to index your site and many others.
Identifying Broken Links
If you are not so sure if your website or blog has some broken links, below are some of the tools which you can use to locate and possibly fix them.
1. Google Webmaster Tools – If you have a GWT account, you can use the Crawler errors feature and find all of your site broken links. Get started here www.google.com/webmaster
2. Bing Webmaster Tools – Bing too has a a broken links feature which can be used to detect any broken link on your site. Start here www.bing.com/webmaster
3. Broken Link Checker – This checks for the internal and external broken link and its a free online tool located here www.brokenlinkcheck.com/broken-links.php
4. XML-Sitemaps – This is a free online tools which has a standalone script which can be used to create sitemaps in addition to finding and fixing all of your website and blog broken links. Get stated here www.xml-sitemaps.com/broken-links.html
5. Website Clean Up – www.websitecleanup.com/broken_links.php
6. Link Tiger – www.linktiger.com
7. Sping Trax – www.springtrax.com
8. Urban75 – www.urban75.org/tech/links.html
Fixing Broken Links
Now that you have found all possible broken links on your blog, the next thing is to fix them and which you can do by using any of the following below.
1. Redirecting them to related post and content pages – see how.
2. Creating related contents and using those exact pages.
3. Adding a search option for example the one provided by Google
4. Adding a list of related links on your site.
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