How to Fix Broken Links on WordPress website

What if I say Broken Links may affect your SEO… What’s your reaction?

I know most of the bloggers just ignore Broken Links but it can be very harmful to your Website SEO.

Most of you would say now “but how?”

But first of all we must know what is a Broken Link?

Broken links are the links that send visitors to other web pages that no longer exist.

For example, if you write an article on any particular topic and link a few web pages of other websites and a few days later, the webpages you have linked to your site have been removed by the admin of that website.

In that case, whenever someone clicks on the link to visit that page it will show a broken link of 404 error.

This actually creates a bad user experience for the visitors and this actually affects SEO.

So what’s the solution?

To Fix this issue you need to install a broken link checker plugin for your WordPress website.

So here is the complete guide on How to fix broken links on WordPress website.

Broken Link Checker

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Broken Link Checker is one of the popular Link checker tools which helps to find the broken link on a website.

It has more than 700,000+ active installations.

When I have started my blog I have also installed this plugin and it helped me a lot to find broken links

It can easily identify the broken links and missing images present on the posts & pages.

So let’s know how to setup Broken Link Checker plugin in WordPress.

How to Setup Broken Link Checker Plugin in WordPress

So here are the steps to set up Broken Link Checker plugin;

Step- 1 – First of all install the Broken Link Checker. Login to your WordPress Dashboard -> Drag the pointer to plugins and click on Add new -> A new page will appear search for the plugin ‘Broken Link Checker’ -> Install and activate.

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Step- 2 – After installation you will send to installed plugins there you would get Broken Link Checker Plugin, click on settings.

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Step- 3 – In the General settings, you would get the first setting as check each link which means at what interval of time the broken link checker would check the plugin, keep it 24 hours.

Next enable the ‘Send me e-mail notifications about newly detected broken links’ this will give you email notification to the admin email.

Or if you want to give other email address then fill in Notification e-mail address.

Now click save changes.

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Step- 4 – In Look for links in Setting, enable the places of where you want to check the links. So select comments, pages, posts.

And select published for the type of posts of where you want to check broken links.

Now click save changes.

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Step- 5 – In which links to check setting, choose the link type you want to check. So select HTML links, HTML images, Embedded YouTube Videos.

Now click save changes.

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Step- 6 – Now in Advanced setting, Keep the timeout period 15 seconds, here if a link takes more than 15 seconds to load it will be termed as broken.

In Link monitor enable both the options.

Select the Dashboard widget for Administrator.

And in the show links options, enable all the actions present.

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Step- 7 – Now click on Tools and Go to Broken Links.

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Step- 8 – Here, you would get the list of links which is broken, Select any URL and click on Edit.

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Step- 10 – After clicking on edit, you would see the anchor text and the URL option, fill the alternative URL to fix the broken link and click on Update.

The broken link will be removed and the text got updated with new URL.

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This is how the set up and usage of Broken Link Checker plugin is completed.

Conclusion

Broken Link Checker is one of the best plugin for fixing the broken link on a website.

I’m using this tool for more than a year and I seem happy to use that.

In this blog, I have explained in detail the Broken Link Checker plugin and its set up in a very easy manner without any issue.

I hope you have loved the setup of the Broken Link Checker and I’m waiting for your comments regarding this setup procedure.

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