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How to Check Broken Links and Dead Links in Website or WordPress Blog Using Broken Link Checker Plugin

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Sometimes the links in our blog may have errors due to changes in URL locations, deleted pages, missing images, site moved to a different domain and so on. It’s quite impossible to check all the links manually if you have lots of posts in your blog. Fortunately this problem can be addressed by installing Broken Link Checker plugin on your WordPress blog. This plugin allows you to check your posts, comments and other content for broken links and missing images, and notify you if any are found. It also improves usability, user experience and search engine optimization (SEO).

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Features

  • Monitors links in your posts, pages, comments, blogroll and custom fields (optional)
  • Detects links that don’t work, missing images and redirects
  • Notifies you either via the Dashboard or by email
  • Makes broken links display differently in posts (optional)
  • Prevents search engines from following broken links (optional)
  • You can search and filter links by URL, anchor text and so on
  • Links can be edited directly from the plugin’s page, without manually updating each post
  • Highly configurable

Once installed, you can go to Settings > Link Checker to enable or disable various features and tweak the plugin’s configuration.
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If any broken links are found, they will show up in a new tab of the WP admin panel – Tools > Broken Links.
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More info can be found from developer page.
Another WordPress plugin called Broken Links Remover can also be used to perform the same job.

You can also consider Google Websmaster Tools to check and fix the broken links.

Author: Jules, Quertime Editorial

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