Find and Fix Broken Links in WordPress for Your Users and SEO!

[This post is part of the WordPress Guide for Beginners – Step by Step Tutorials]

Broken Links are something that is not good for SEO. Search Engine bots hate broken links and it creates a bad impression to the readers.

So one should check for broken links regularly and fix them before getting any Search Engine penalties.

With the increase of the contents it has a chance to having broken links in your blog. It is impossible to check the broken links manually. We can use a WordPress plugin to check and fix broken links easily.

Before we talk about the plugin, lets check out some information about broken links.

What is Broken Links?

Broken Links are those links which are not live and redirect users to 404 page. These can be considered as dead links also.

For example, you have linked to someone’s page or post in your post in the past, but now that link doesn’t exist or has been deleted. When a visitor/bot follow the link he will get 404 page and Search Engine bot will get a 404 code status, which means that link is dead.

So having broken links is not good in the terms of SEO. To fix this we can use a WordPress Plugin called Broken Link Checker (BLC).

How to Find Broken Links via BLC

BLC is the best  broken link checker plugin for WordPress. It helps you to find out all broken links in your website. If you have huge comments in your blog, then you will find many broken links that destroys your blog reputation.

To install and configure the plugin follow the simple steps:

1. Go to Dashboard and click on Plugins > Add new.

2. Type ‘Broken Link Checker’ in search bar and Click on Search Plugins. ( You can download it from here)

3. Very first result will be this Plugin.

4. Click on Install Now and Active your Plugin.

Once you install the plugin go to its setting by clicking on Tools > Broken links.

It might take some times to find out the broken links. After finding all broken links it will show like the below snap.

broken links

Along with broken links you will get the status code, Link Text and your source post.

How to Fix the Broken Links

After finding the all broken links , now time to take the action on it. First time i got only 12 broken links and i fixed them. You will find 4 quick options to fix broken links (Edit URL | Unlink | Not broken | Dismiss).

broken links

Edit URL : If one of your interlinked post redirects 404 page, then click on Edit URL  and fix it with the correct url.

Unlink : If you find any broken link on comments then just Unlink it.

Not Broken : For the status ‘Server Not Found’ you can consider it as Not Broken.

You can also stop Search Engine Bots from following broken links. You will get this options on general settings.

broken links

Hope you will be getting rid of broken links by using this plugin.

Don’t take broken links lightly as it distracts search engine bots and readers. So check broken links regularly and fix it.

Do let us know if you use other plugin to check and fix broken links. And also share your experience with this plugin.

If you like this plugin you may check our WordPress Plugin Archives to get more awesome plugins.

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Istiak Rayhan
 

Istiak Rayhan is the founder of RoadToBlogging.com, a blog that aims to make bloggers' journey easier. Istiak loves to help newbie bloggers to build a better blog. Here's more about him.

  • Kundan Bhardwaj says:

    I was looking for information on broken links and there I go I finally found it and I also have downloaded the plugin, great man thanks a lot Istiyak.

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Hey Kundan,
      Welcome to RTB. Glad to know that this post help you. And let us know your experience about the plugin.

  • Nizam Khan says:

    Informative post! Well, I’m using this plugin and it’s really useful, especially the features like fixing the URL and to stop search engine bots from following broken links Thanks for sharing :)

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Yes Nizam, It is really useful.

  • FlaxG says:

    very impressive article and useful article for the beginners who does not have idea about the SEO Stuff. Thanks for sharing :)

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Thanks for the comment!

  • Ehsan Ullah says:

    Well, This is really a great plugin Istiak which I have been using from long time on my blog. You might don’t know about one of It’s great feature.

    Yesterday I had a problem with my blog, so I deactivate all the plugins ones and activated them again, just after activating I’ve got to see 16 new broken links notification from this plugin. So sometime repairing the plugin works better.

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Hey Ehsan, I didn’t know that. Thanks for sharing.

  • Okto says:

    Hi Istiak,
    This is one of many advantages if you use wordpress. The plugin is easy to use. Thanks for sharing this

  • Neil Walrath says:

    nice article and sure it did help me in resolving few problems thank you so much for the article.

  • ankit says:

    thanks for the tip

  • Kharim Tomlinson says:

    I agree with you.

    Broken links are bad for SEO and our blog readers wouldn’t like it if our blogs had lots of broken links as well.

    The plugin that you mentioned can be used to remove broken links, redirect broken links or also repairing them if possible.

    Again another great post.

  • Jasmine says:

    You are right. It is very important for us to find broken links and fix them on our blogs, otherwise it will surely affect our SEO. Thanks for sharing this quick guide, Istiak!

  • Raplus says:

    Broken Link Checker is one of the my best plugins. Specially some comments links are broken. But we can’t manually check it. So this is a great plugin.

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Yea, BLC is the best plugin for fixing broken link quickly.

  • Omar Habib says:

    Hi Istiak,

    I want to say its a great post and very important for all the bloggers who don’t know how to check broken links and fix them. Broken link is very harmful for a site and may get penalized by google anytime.

    Thanks and Happy Blogging.

    Omar habib

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Hey Omar, Totally agree with you. It’s very bad for SEO. This plugin works great for me on finding broken links and sends notification whenever it find a new broken link.

  • yogesh says:

    I was searching a solution about broken link.Your article solve my problem. I want to know that after using this plugin can we deactivae it ?? And if we can do this than after how many time period we should check broken link !
    Thanxx for this article

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Yeah, you can deactivate it whenever you want. Every week you should check whether there is any broken link on your blog.

  • Vin DiCarlo says:

    What to do on 301 redirect? I just installed Broken Link Checker on my WordPress blog. But Unfortunately I don’t understand what to do on 301 redirect. This Plugin found (47) 301 redirect

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      You needn’t to do anything with the Redirects.

  • oliver smith says:

    Nice article but one thing i just want to know. how to check broken links for free wordpress blogs and blogger posts. this plugin is only for premium blogs.

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