Fix your Broken Links with Broken Link Checker

Broken Link Checker

For your website to be successful, you must keep it tuned like a well-oiled machine. This means fixing links when they break. The last thing a visitor wants to see on your website is a big 404 error. For WordPress I highly recommend the “Broken Link Checker” plugin.  This plugin will check your posts, comments and other content for broken links and missing images, and notify you if any are found. Below are steps for installing the plugin.

Step 1

In WordPress go to the Plugins section and click on “Add New.” Then in the search box, type in “broken link checker” and hit “Search Plugins.”

install broken link checker plugin

Step 2

Click on “Install Now” and then click on OK.

install broken link checker

Step 3

Click on “Activate Plugin.”

activate broken link checker

Step 4

By default the plugin will check for broken links every 72 hours and send you an email. You can always go into Settings > Link Checker and change the advanced settings and notification preferences. Click into “Tools” and then “Broken Links” and you can see an example of the plugin finding 3 broken links. All of these were 404, meaning not found.

broken link checker 404

Step 5

If you hover over the link, you have a few options. You can edit the URL, unlink it, mark as not broken and also dismiss it. On the far right-hand side you can also see the page on which the broken page is located. Usually I will click into the page to see how the link was structured and where it was located. Perhaps the link is no longer required, or maybe you were linking to another website and they moved/changed what you were linking to.

broken link checker edit url

As always feel free to leave your comments below!

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6 thoughts on “Fix your Broken Links with Broken Link Checker”

  1. Indeed it’s a great plugin….But it may not work so great for a large WordPress blog, and will slow down… A good idea is to use desktop tool like integrity..

    • Thanks Harsh for the comment! Do you know of a good PC equivalent? I am running a few large sites for clients and I have recently noticed this plugin slowing down. Thanks.

    • Yes I agree with you. Depending on the hardware of your web server this plugin can slow things down. Screaming Frog is a good PC alternative.

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  3. Hi guys,

    I run a blog that showcases products. It happens that the external URLs are not broken (404) but they return a certain string like “Product sold out”.

    Is there any tool out there that would crawl the external URLs for certain strings?

    +1 beer for any reply.

    Ty!

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