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Recently I have been offering my services to other bloggers who have the mammoth task of removing/repairing broken links on their blog. I have been doing this for a few weeks now and have had clients who had nearly 2000 broken links on their blog. This is a massively time consuming task that I know a lot of people dread but it doesn’t have to be like that.
What is a Broken Link?
A broken link is a link on your blog that now for whatever reason no longer works are directs to an error page instead of the original location.
Why do I have Broken Links on my Blog?
There are a number of reasons why this link no longer works. The most common for bloggers I have found is that a product you have linked to is now out of stock, a website you linked to no longer exists or the coding for that link was incorrect in the first place.
How do I know what links are broken?
There is a super easy website to use that can show you exactly what links do not work and where you can find them. Head on over to BrokenLinkCheck.com and type in your blog url and click to scan, make sure you select ‘Report all Occurences of each Dead Link’ (This may take a while so feel free to leave it run and pop back to check it later). It will then come up with a report of all the links that come back as an error page and should look something like this:
How do I remove these Broken Links?
Broken Link Check is a great website as it shows you the source code and pin points exactly where the link is that you need to fix. If you don’t read HTML this may be a little tricky and more time consuming. If you click ‘src’ next to the link that has shown up as broken it will open up a new window giving you the HTML coding for the page that the link is on for you to go in and amend it.
Do I just delete the whole link?
Where it is possible I would recommend changing the link to the homepage of that particular site instead of removing it completely. If the website has been deleted and no longer exists then removing the link is fine.
Why do I need to change these links?
The main reason for doing it is to create a better user experience. There’s nothing worse than going onto a site and clicking a link that leads to an error page. If a lot of your broken links are internal this can affect your DA score as google will see your site as less reliable. When it comes to external links there isn’t a definite answer as to whether this affects your DA or not.
If you keep on top of your broken links and scan your blog on a monthly basis then there shouldn’t be 1000’s of links to clean up each time making the task a little more manageable.
If you are still struggling or can’t bare to do the task yourself then just send me a tweet to @neesharees and I will happily quote you a price for Broken Link fixing.