Doesn’t it annoy you when you find an interesting article or comment, and then see a link pointing to more valuable content, but when you click on the link, you get a 404 or an error message?
Or let’s say that you have several posts that link to certain images that are hosted on other sites or social media platforms. What if, when you go back to those particular images, you find that the photo’s owner has deleted that particular image? Immediately, your post lacks the punch and the spike that once made it a more engaging read.
The problem with checking for broken links is that once your blog arrives at a certain number of posts and pages (let’s say, for example, 500 unique posts and articles) it becomes difficult to check each and every one of those posts for broken links.
What is Broken Link Checker?
What this WordPress plugin basically does is that it monitors your blog looking for any broken links, and then informs you once it finds them. It’s a very simple and basic function, yet it can make a whole lot of difference, especially if those broken links happen to pop up in your most popular posts, or your landing pages for that matter.
How Does It Work?
After you’ve installed Broken Link Checker, the plugin immediately begins parsing your posts, bookmarks (or blogroll) and other content on your website, looking for broken links. The time it takes for the plugin to go through your site depends on just how large it is. Parsing, then, could take from a few minutes up to an hour or more. Once parsing is complete, the plugin then begins to check links to see if they still work. Again, this may take a while to complete, depending on the size of your blog or website.
Broken links, whenever any are found, will show up in a new tab of the WP admin panel (go to Tools -> Broken Links. Also, a notification will appear in the â€œBroken Link Checkerâ€ widget on the dashboard. You can also opt to have notifications sent to your email if you prefer to.
The â€œBroken Linksâ€ tab then displays a list of all the broken links that have so far been discovered. Now you have several options to choose from with regards to how to deal with each broken link.
1. Edit URL — This allows you to change the URL of that link. If it’s present in more than one place, all occurrences of the URL will be replaced.
2. Unlink — This option lets you remove the link but keep the text as is.
3. Not Broken — This is applicable for those links that were incorrectly labeled as broken.
4. Dismiss — This option simply means that you acknowledge that the link is broken/redirected, and want to keep it as is.
Checking your website for any and all broken links is important, as you want to make sure that your blog or website stays properly maintained and updated. If you have a fairly large blog, Broken Link Checker makes the process much easier and more efficient.