Check Your Website for Broken Links

Posted by Hannah Lacy on Feb 24, 2015 6:00:00 AM

404 Errors

Your website going live is typically remembered as an awesome occasion. It’s the day you sent the online manifestation of your company free to roam the interwebs and mingle with all the other websites floating around out there. But just because your site went live, doesn’t mean that you should just forget about it. There is still plenty of work to be done in terms of upkeep, analytics, and adding fresh content to stay relevant in the eyes of search engines like Google.

This is Not the Page You're Looking For...

One thing that is often overlooked by companies after their site has gone live is checking the website for broken links. Broken links on your site are links that lead to pages that don’t exist (you know, those little 404 errors that you get when you’re trying to navigate somewhere). Needless to say, they can be super annoying. There are some really cool efforts out there that are designed to soften the blow of running into these little roadblocks, but the bottom remains; they stop the flow of traffic on your site.

Shed Some Light

To ensure that your site is free of these broken links, check them yourself! There are a few ways that this can be done, the most straight forward being to physically go on your website and clicking on every link to make sure it goes somewhere. Other, more efficient ways that you can check for broken links include:

  1. Using Google Webmaster Tools to detect and remove invalid URLs
  2. Detecting Broken Links using Xenu Link Sleuth
  3. If Using a Content Management System, there may be a Plug-in that will Detect Broken Links for you

If you do happen to find a broken link, you can login to the back-end of your website and get them fixed. If you’re not sure how to do that, contact your webmaster. Make sure your site is free of broken links and make browsing your site a hassle-free experience. Feeling confused on how to fix these broken links?

Hannah Lacy

Written by Hannah Lacy

Originally from Payette, Hannah started working for Tribute Media in late 2014. Previously, she helped manage two Christian nonprofits aiding individuals in poverty. Hannah is proud to be part of the Tribute team: "I enjoy the atmosphere and the attitude that every day should be about learning. There is a wonderful focus on education and improvement to benefit both our employees and our clients." She loves Boise because of the friendly people and the opportunities to explore nature. A big Charles Dickens fan, her favorite novel is A Tale of Two Cities. Biggest guilty pleasure: "Donuts. I never pass up a donut of any kind. Except the ones with custard or cherry filling-that's just a waste of a donut."

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