Strange Results Comparing Free Tools for 404 Broken Links

Last Update: May 12, 2019

Hello everybody here comes my monthly post

Checking for broken links

These last weeks have been interesting, to say the least, so I thought it a good idea to tell you about my findings.

It started with checking my websites to see how they rank. Luckily there was some improvement.

At the bottom of the test result, I read: Crawled Flag/False. I asked the question and was told it has to do with broken links. You will be able to find free tools on the internet to check and identify these broken links.

When a visitor clicks on a video and it is not available anymore that gives a bad impression. You can say the same about broken links. It is a good idea to regularly check your links. Obviously when your websites grow there will be a lot to check.

I have the following system. I am rotating the posts of both my websites. When I put them up for getting comments I check if all is ok. Sometimes I add something, perhaps a photo or some more text. I check if all the links work etc. Checking links is something I have added to my check up as I am now aware it is very important.

The first free link tool was Atomseo

Their website is not complicated, you type in your website URL and shortly afterward you will be presented a list of broken links. So I started to click on the posts with the bad links but it turned out this company was not correct. Most of the bad links were perfectly ok. So, I was not happy with the result.

The second free link tool was Free Broken Link Checker

Their list was completely different from Atomseo, there was not 1 bad link they agreed on. I started checking the results but still was not satisfied as they came up with things which functioned perfectly well.

The third link tool was Dr. Link

That one I did not like at all. The whole website was black, not appealing at all plus it looked more complicated than the first 2 free tools. I did not check my website with this tool.

The fourth one was Broken Link Checker, dead link checker

The first website took 4 hours to check and give the result. It checks up till 2000 URLs for free. The second website was done in 30 minutes. Why there was such a difference in the time I have no idea. as both my websites have the same content volume.The second time I checked the same website it was a lot faster. The list was rather long and came up with different links compared to the previous free tools. What this tool found was correct but I did not follow all their advice

It is not only the 404 which means = not found

There are other numbers like a 402 = payment required. That one I did not change as it was a link to a museum and somewhere on their site it tells you what the entrance fee is. It can also mean that on that website, there might be a captcha.

You might also find Time Out = too slow to open but not broken. In that case, you check if it is really that slow and weigh it against how important you think it is to keep that link.

There was one result which I did not understand and therefore cannot correct. It has to do with the font of your website = the type of letters you write with. But was is wrong with it I have no clue, perhaps somebody knows this.

404 Not Found - https://fonts.googleapis.com/ - link/href

Both my websites have the same theme and I write with the letter type it comes with.

Here is a list from their website which tells you what each number means.

https://www.deadlinkchecker.com/error-codes.asp

Personally, I liked this free tool best as what they came up with was the correct result. I also discovered that if you have a website in English it does not seem to be appreciated when you put a link to a website in Spanish or any other language. I then try to find a link to a similar source but in English.

So there you have it. Checking different free tools can be confusing but it remains a fact that a broken link is not positive for ranking.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske

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Debs66 Premium
Hola Guapa,

This an excellent post Taetske lots of members do not know about this.

If they have a lot of links example Amazon links it's always good to keep a check on the links to make sure they are not broken.

I remember another member here a few years back wrote about this and she didnt realise that lots of her links were broken.
That in turn can lose customers and returning visitors too.

This would be excellent as part of training module here. I am sure many don't realise that they need to keep checking their links.

Most of mine are for evergreen content so I don't really have to keep checking them much.

I would use this for sure for links like Amazon as stuff gets sold out or discontinued.

Awesome post Taetske thank you for the heads up and also the reminder too.

Debs :)
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Debs,

As I rotate my posts for comments I now check for broken links for sure.
When the number of posts grows, I have 71 on each website with approx 1300 comments each, which also will be checked by that tool, you do not often see an old post again, it can take some months.
Then in the meantime, strange things might have happened.
I often put links to information sites but they can have suddenly disappeared and you do not have a clue.
That is why using this tool comes in handy.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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kiliwia62 Premium
Thank you, Taetske for all the information. So far I haven't used any of the tools you have mentioned, but I do the same as you and rotating my posts once in a while and there I do check if all internal and external links are still functioning.

Although I will take a look into the dead link checker and see what it can find out for me.

Saying Hi from Canada

Sylvia
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Sylvia,

The rotating system is good but as your website grows it takes longer to see an old post again.
These tools are nice but it was frustrating to get 3 different results.
While waiting for lunch I am doing my pedicure: Epsom salt, apple cider vinegar, Himalayan salt, and sodium bicarbonate. The footsies are so nice afterward.
Anybody tell me that women cannot multitask.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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kiliwia62 Premium
Hi, Taetske,

You have just given me a great idea I certainly do need a good pedicure for myself, and yes, we women can certainly multitask :)

Love
Sylvia
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LindaF Premium
It seem that you to are in the mode of self healing love that. We can't leave these thing to chance. So know we have all four of us working on this road go figure.
Love and light
live up to you
South of Spain
always a better way(O:
HIG's
Linda
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laparra1 Premium
Thank you, Linda,

For sure one should not forget oneself.

Higs from the south, Taetske
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Fleeky Premium
Top!
❤️
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Fleeky,

I hope you do not have too many broken links on your site.
I have not seen you around much lately and Keisha has also disappeared from the scene.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Fleeky Premium
I am not Keisha...
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Loes Premium
Thanks Taetske, I have to check my websites too, it's been quite a while since I have done this.

Enjoy your day😀
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Loes,

Thanks for stopping by.
As you can see Sonny and me we both have the same technical knot, meaning the same result with the test. Site Support answer did not convince me.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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mybiz4u Premium
Hey T, yes indeed, any way you slice it...broken links are bad for business, thnx for sharing.."
M
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Michelle,

Thank you for stopping by.
What I find strange is that 3 different tools give 3 different results, not funny but I at least found a good one.

Greetings from thje south of Spain, Taetske
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Pedrone Premium
that's a good head up!
thank you
have a good day!
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Pietro,

Happy you find it useful.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Nubian4mitch Premium
Great info. Thanks!
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Leslie,

Thank you for stopping by and your comment.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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manna4star2 Premium
Thank you. Will save this.

Sonny
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Sonny,

Happy to hear you find this helpful.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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manna4star2 Premium
When I made the comment last nite, I was on my phone and decided to reread it this morning and I am now using the dead link checker. I will post a screenshot when done. :). So far, 1 failed.

Sonny
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manna4star2 Premium
Here is what I got.
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Sonny,

I see you have the same thing as I have, do not know how to fix that first one.

Take into consideration that comments are also checked. I had sent somebody a link which was not ok anymore.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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manna4star2 Premium
I sent the screenshot also to Site Support with a message but I haven't heard back from them yet.

Sonny
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laparra1 Premium
Good idea, let me know, please.

Taetske
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manna4star2 Premium
They replied and asked me to send them the hard link. I just finished sending them so I will let you know when I have heard back.

Sonny
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laparra1 Premium
Gracias.
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manna4star2 Premium
They responded back, Can you please tell us where exactly are you scanning your website?

I sent this,
manna4star2about an hour ago

It all started last nite with a Blog by Laparra1,,, Strange Results Comparing Free Tools for 404 Broken Links,,,
Strange Results Comparing Free Tools for 404 Broken Links
This morning I went to the link she suggested and ran the test myself, on my whole site. ,,, https://www.deadlinkchecker.com/

The results I posted back to you were the final results.

Sonny

Then I received this,
SiteSupportabout an hour ago
Sonny,

You will have to ignore this warning because to fix this you need to disable elementor and ultimate-social-media-icons plugin on your site.


This I can do and see what happens. I do not use Elementor plugin and they said I can use any other social media plugin.
I will run it again after I remove those 2 plugins.

Sonny
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laparra1 Premium
I also have this, when you click on this..... next message
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laparra1 Premium
Here is the screen shot of what you see when you click on it
Do you also see that when you click on yours?
I do not think it has to do with plugins.

Taetske
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laparra1 Premium
I looked at my plugins. I have Pinterest but that is a code
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manna4star2 Premium
Ok, I just d/l a different one that was compatible with my version of WP. I just noticed the one I had was not.
And I just ran the test again.
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laparra1 Premium
So, there you see, we have the same issue.
I really do not think it has to do with any plugin.
My Technical Manager says it has to do with http versus https and it is a call to Google for them to supply fonts.
We use for both websites The Notes Light theme, what do you have? I think I will have to ask this as a question and see what happens.

Taetske
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manna4star2 Premium
I sent that to them with the 3 links and this is the Reply I just received,,,

SiteSupport11 minutes ago
Sonny,

We have blocked the xmlrpc.php file on the server due to security reason and due to that, you are getting 403 error for this file.

Regarding fonts.googleapis.com URL, Your site theme NewsCard is using the google fonts and due to that fonts.googleapis.com URL is added the in theme files.

So I am content that they know what they are talking about.

I will keep that Tool and use it from time to time.

Sonny
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laparra1 Premium
Thank you Sonny,

To tell you the truth I do not know yet. I will also send Site Support the results from the test for both websites, let's see what they say.

Taetske
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manna4star2 Premium
Sounds good. I have been too concerned with trying to increase my Site Speed and then with this, I have gotten nothing else done today. I need to get some articles written or at least get my mind headed in that direction right now. Let me know what Site Support says.

Sonny
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laparra1 Premium
Here comes the answer from Site Support.
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manna4star2 Premium
hmmmm,,, they gave you the same answer they gave me.
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laparra1 Premium
Yes.
I am now running the test on mother earth and will forward it to them
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manna4star2 Premium
Yeah, I had not noticed but my theme is News Card.
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laparra1 Premium
I tried to run the test for both websites at the same time but that is not possible. They stopped one but the other is still being checked.
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laparra1 Premium
Sonny, this is the reply from Site Support. I will now stop thinking about this.

Good Night, Taetske
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manna4star2 Premium
wow,,, that is interesting. The theme developer added the 404 page in their theme?
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RosanaHart Premium
Tried deadlinkchecker and it did okay.
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Rosana,

I hope your list was not too long and that it did not cause you any headache

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske.
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RosanaHart Premium
no it's one of my new wa sites
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laparra1 Premium
As both my websites have 71 posts and nearly 1300 comments there was some work to be done but I got it nearly all fixed.

All the best, Taetske
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RosanaHart Premium
Holy Cow! as we say in the United States.

A little off subject but did you get all those comments by following the training here?
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Rosanna,

I started in WA January 2017. About 1 month later I got my 2 com,s not realizing to immediately have 2 websites is a bit much but at that time I had no clue about anything anyhow.
During these years I had longer "rest periods" = stop writing posts, as I would discover I urgently needed to do this or that and that would mean revise everything from top to bottom.
My personal friends were not the ones who would make comments, traffic was small so then I discovered Site Comments.
I do not remember exactly when I started doing that, I think it was
August 2017 and only a few each month. In 2018 I got more serious about getting comments. I try to make 2 comments a day. So that is how it happened.
As the comment is added to the post it makes your post longer. When you use a broken link tool it also checks all the comments your website has.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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RosanaHart Premium
Thanks! will add doing site comments to my routines!
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wmac Premium
Thanks for this info.
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening,

Thank you for your comment.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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CLandi Premium
Hi Taetske
Thank you for this valuable information and for doing all the hard work.

It's good to see you again.

Chuck
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Chuck,

Hey, who do I see here? Good to see you too. You got a little bit lost/invisible so to speak these weeks.

It was not hard but more frustrating to see that those free tools had different findings. Anyhow, I got it sorted out and in the future only will use number 4. Did you see my previous post on spring in Spain? That for sure is nicer on the eyes than broken links.
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laparra1 Premium
Sorry, missing greetings from the south of Spain,

Taetske
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BobRoman Premium
Great information - very useful!

Thanks so much for sharing!

Wish you great success!

Bob
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Bob,

Thank you for stopping by and your comment.
These tools are great but when you discover they give different results it can get a bit frustrating.
All the best to you too.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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