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Check Your Website for Broken Links

Written by Hannah Lacy | Feb 24, 2015 1:00:00 PM

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?