Use This WP Plug-in to Fix your Broken Links
As we’ve discussed here before, having broken links on your Web site is a double detriment. It’s disappointing to your readers — who click on links to nowhere or visit pages with missing images — and it’s murder on your PageRank.
But finding and fixing those broken links can be an uphill climb.
Luckily, just as Apple users like to crow “there’s an app for that,” WordPress managers know “there’s a plug-in for that.”
Broken Link Checker
Broken Link Checker is a terrific plug-in that not only locates broken links on your site, but give you a centralized location to either fix them or disable the link entirely so they don’t become a nuisance.
Philip M. Hofer (“Frumph”), creator of the popular Comics Easel WordPress plug-in, suggests the following tweaks once you’ve loaded the plugin:
ADJUST THE TIME
In your WP dashboard, go to Settings -> Link Checker and set the Check Each Link setting for 168 hours. This is establish a once-a-week checkup of your site.
UN-check the box next to Warnings.
If this option is activated, it will list all 301 re-directs as broken links — and you don’t want that.
Using the Plug-in
Once you’ve got your settings established, Broken Link Checker will start examining your Web site to find problems. Go to your WP dashboard and click Tools -> Broken Links.
You’ll get taken to an area in which all of your site’s broken links are listed.
And under each listing is a list of options including edit, unlink, dismiss, not broken, and recheck.
Heck, Broken Link Checker will even access the Wayback machine to help find the file you’re looking for!
If it’s a simply edit, click Edit URL and type your change.
If you can’t find the correct file, use the Unlink command to disable the broken link entirely.
Click Update and the plug-in makes the necessary change on your behalf.
How does it work?
I’ll let you know. The PageRank of my Evil Inc site had dropped to 4. (I know because I use this handy extension to track it on my Chrome browser). Most of the broken links are leftovers from my switch from a proprietary CMS to WordPress (and from switching domains from evil-comic.com to evil-inc.com).
I had a lot of broken-link issues to address — all of which was made blindingly simply by Broken Link Checker. No lie. I fixed a couple hundred broken links in a few hours’ time.
I’ll let you know when (and if) my Pagerank changes.