What are Broken Links?
Broken links are dead links directs you to the pages that do not exist. So, when you click a broken link in a website, it will lead to a 404 error page.
The 404 links occur due to many reasons. 404 error page doesn’t provide a good user experience and the search engines hate it too. So, every blogger should need to take action to avoid broken links on their websites.
Manually checking broken links is almost not possible if you have a site with many posts. There are free tools available on the internet to do the task of finding broken links.
In this post, we are going to see the free broken link checker websites, tools and plugins that help you to find and fix broken links (both internal and external links). Let’s get started.
4 Different Methods to Find Broken Links
The Google search console is one of the best tools which will notify you about the broken links in your site.
You can find the information about the bad 404 links in the crawl errors section.
If you are WordPress user, then you can use the broken link checker plugin. In the beginning of my blogging, I’ve used this plugin to find the broken links on technology hint.
This online broken link checker finds all the broken links in your website and blog. The free version has a 3000-page limit.
The process is simple. Go to the website.
Enter the URL and click on the “find broken links” button. It will list all the dead links.
This is a desktop tool. Not only it finds dead links in the site, it also has a lot of features to analyze the site.
The free version of this tool has a 500 URLs crawl limit.
I’ve used all the above methods in the past. Currently, I’m using SEOPressor (paid) in Technology Hint to find dead links.
SEOPressor has the link manager option which checks all the links on your blog and notifies you about the broken links.
It automatically refreshes the link profile every 7 days. If you want, you can do a manual checking too.
If you want to take care of both the SEO and broken links, then I recommend you to go with the SEOPressor.
See: SEOPressor review
How to Fix Broken Links
Once you find the broken links using any above method, the next step is to fix those links.
There are 2 options available to fix.
- Removing the broken links.
- You can manually change the broken link with the working link. If you have the same broken link in many posts, then you can use the Redirection plugin to fix it.