Checking for Broken Links

Last Update: May 22, 2022

So, Google doesn't like to find broken links on a website, and neither do your readers!

But how do you find them all?

I know that many of you use the Broken Link Checker plugin, but maybe you don't want to have another plugin.

If you are using Chrome, you can add an extension called Check My Links.

Let's take a look.

Once installed, simply go to a post on your website you want to check.

Click the Check My Links icon in your extension toolbar.



So, this post has 1 broken link.

Now, quickly scroll through your post, looking for the red highlights.

And yes, there it is - a link to a page that doesn't exist!

Unfortunately, this tool only checks one post at a time, rather than your whole site, so it can be time-consuming if you have a lot of posts.

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etseil20 Premium Plus
Hi Diane,

Broken links can be annoying, and an SEO disaster if we don’t check for them on our websites. This extension look very helpful.

I never heard of it before, but that’ll be helpful when updating old posts. Also, it helps get better rankings and keep our websites updated.

I’ll definitely be using this extension. Thanks for sharing :)

Regards,

-Eric
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FrankB-1 Premium Plus
Hi, Diane Et al

You can also use brokenlinkcheck (dot com), which will check your entire site at once and find broken links to posts, pages (internal, external, & affiliate), categories, and tags.

See attached image. So I have a few things to fix but I'm in the process of simplifying my main menu structure.

I forget which WA member showed me this (maybe Leo?)

Frank 🎸
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mariablanch Premium Plus
Hi Diane/Frank,

Thanks ever so much for both your insights. :)

Like Frank, I have also found another site where you can scan your WHOLE website for broken links for free:

deadlinkchecker (dot com)

All the best,

Maria
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FrankB-1 Premium Plus
Thanks, Maria
Frank
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maray07611 Premium
Excellent....thank you so much
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JeffreyBrown Premium Plus
This is still very good information to know, Diane!

Jeff
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Abumchi Premium Plus
I get anxious about broken links and missing images, especially as my site is growing and I don't always have time to check all the posts and pages. This tool is going to be really helpful. Thanks a lot for sharing.
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