Finding and Removing Broken Links from WordPress Sites

Finding and Removing Broken Links from WordPress Sites

Updating and maintaining different parts of your blog or WP website is important. These include the theme, content, images, presentation style, social networking or link building. The point of these maintenance duties is to improve the reader’s experience and gain more traffic.

Checking for and removing broken links are essential parts of site maintenance. Your content and images most often carry links that direct the reader to other websites. We call these outbound links. These outbound links are normal occurrences, but sometimes they go to non-existing or missing pages, resulting in an error notification. When this happens, you will instantly know that your outbound links are broken.

You should immediately remove broken links from your site, as they have serious effects on your website’s ranking on search engine results pages. Broken links hinder search engines from completely indexing the contents of your site. It can also upset your users, which in turn hurt your brand image.

There are many broken link-checking programs these days, like Xenu’s Link Sleuth and W3C Link Checker. To improve your website’s functionality and correct or remove broken links on your WordPress site, follow the steps below.

Broken Link Checker Plugin

Broken Link Checker Plugin

1. Find and install the Broken Link Checker plug-in. You can search for this in the plug-ins section of the dashboard, or you can download it from the plug-ins repository.

2. Did you install the plug-in from the dashboard? Click on the link to activate the Broken Link Checker. You can also do it manually by logging into your dashboard, clicking the plug-ins section, viewing all the plug-ins, and locating the Broken Link Checker. Once you find it, click ‘activate’ to run.

3. On the navigation sidebar of your dashboard, expand the ‘tools’ section and click ‘broken links.’ The plug-in will display all the broken and redirected links and the page or post where they are located.

4. You can choose several courses of action. Broken Link Checker allows you to unlink, edit the URL or mark the link as unbroken. The plug-in is quite extensive and configurable, and it’s up to you to play around and familiarize yourself with it.

The Broken Link Checker plug-in ensures you don’t have to do any manual updates on the existing links on your site. You can easily check and remove or repair links in a few seconds. Check out the rest of our blog posts if you want to learn more about how to optimize WordPress blogs or sites.