Go-Getters - Heads Up!

Last Update: March 14, 2018

I just logged into my site and half of my links had a strike through and the Broken Links plugin said they were broken. Not so, all worked but clearly the Links plugin itself was not working. Bo alerted us that the plugin might say that it doesnt work with our themes but it worked with mine until today. If you were doing the training and installed the Broken Links tracking plugin take a quick boot over to your site and make sure all your links don't have a strike through them.

I tried to tell the plugin that they were not broken but it was not having it. The plugin stood its ground, strikeouts littered across my site. Googlebirds circled overhead and in the near distance I could hear the low hum of the computer tower. Its gonna be me or you, I growled as I hurled myself finger first at the delete key. Seconds later the plugin was dust and my links danced free from those oppressive strikeouts.

Don't let this tragic situation be you -- keep an eye on that plucky plugin.

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Pernilla Premium
Thanks for making me aware of this.
Haven't had any problems yet.

I dectivated the plugin immediately after using it. I activate it only when I want to do the check. To many activated plugins slows down the site. Therefore I deactivate the plugins which does not need to be active all the time.

:-)
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DocDoug Premium
That sounds like a good practice to keep your site running fast. The plugin worked for me for a while so I guess keep activating it and using it for as long as it works. Deactivating will keep your site safe from being filled with strikeouts without you knowing it.
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Armlemt Premium
Thanks for the warning!
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DocDoug Premium
You are welcome Anita.
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Memorylaneuk Premium
Thanks for the heads up. Won’t be using that plugin for sure.
With Grace and Gratitude
Karen
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DocDoug Premium
Happy to be of some help Karen.
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DianneBee Premium
I had this issue too. Also, previously checking with Semrush, it noted over a hundred broken links. Yet, none were.
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DocDoug Premium
I also found that SEMrush dinged broken links that didnt exist. In fact I installed the plugin to find the broken links that SEMrush said I had and found nothing.
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Nick-at-WA Premium
Thanks for sharing with us :)
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DocDoug Premium
You're welcome Nick.
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Djefferds Premium
Thanks for the heads up.
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DocDoug Premium
No problem. I love that at WA we can share our bad experiences so that other's don't have to go through the same thing.
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Cynthiah1 Premium
Thanks for letting us know and laugh!
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DocDoug Premium
I wasnt laughing when I saw my site full of strikeouts, but afterwards I said, whew, disaster averted.
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MKearns Premium
What an experience. Lucky you!
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Melissa901 Premium
Hey wait you giving my name away now :)
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DocDoug Premium
Yeah, when I first saw the strikeouts I thought that Amazon or another of my more used retailers had axed my affiliation. That caused a minor heart attack. So I was relieved to find out it was just an errant plugin.
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Melissa901 Premium
That is scary. I had it happen and know idea where to even begin to think of what was wrong. Glad it was an easy fix.
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DEversley Premium
Some plugins are better left alone or on a test site for a while, Linser!

Cheers!
David
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DocDoug Premium
Good point David. I was surprised that it took this long to act up. I thought that plugins would either work right away or not. Apparently they can hang in there and act like all is ok until you arent looking then blammo, strikeouts everywhere.
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Melissa901 Premium
Glad you won that dance! Thanks for the humor and the heads up.
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DocDoug Premium
You're welcome - got to keep your sense of humour when irritating things happen.
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Melissa901 Premium
OO so very true!
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frex6 Premium
Yeah Doug I went through all that and it's very frustrating, caused me a lot of problems.
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DocDoug Premium
Fortunately I logged in specifically to add a link so when I saw the tracker reporting a million dead links I thought, no way. something just went off the rails here. Scary though how quickly a stupid thing like that can torch your whole site!
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frex6 Premium
Whatever happened caused me to lose all my google analytics info. and my site to stop getting hits. in google statistics.
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Steven-A Premium
Took me a day to realize it was broken links that created the strike through. Out of 76 supposedly broken links only one was really broken. If this app turns out to be a pain I'm uninstalling it.
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DocDoug Premium
I did. Boom, gone. I couldnt trust that it wouldn't take all my links down again as soon as I turned my head. Now I have to find another links plugin cuz that was actually quite handy -- while it worked.
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