How do you feel when you click on a link and end up with “404 page not found” error? Broken links are annoying, and they create bad user experience. On top of that, its bad for your website’s SEO. Specially if those broken links are internal links to your own site. This can happen, particularly when moving a site to new domain name. In this article, we will show you how to fix broken links in WordPress to improve your site’s SEO.
First thing you need to do is install and activate the Broken Link Checker plugin. After activating the plugin, go to Settings » Link Checker. The plugin will now look for broken links on your website in the background. Depending on how much content you got on your site, the plugin will take sometime to go through your posts and display the results. Once it is done, you will see a link with the number of broken links found on the same page.
You can see the broken links by either clicking on that link or going to Tools » Broken Links. It will display all the broken links it found like this:
You can edit a URL right from broken links page, or you can edit the post they belong to. Alternately you can also perform bulk actions like Unlinking all broken links, fix redirects, mark as not broken, etc.
Once you are done fixing the broken links, you can simply disable the plugin and move on.
We hope that you found this article useful in fixing broken links on your WordPress site. As your blog grows older, you will realize that lots of old posts that you wrote had links to external sites which either do not exist anymore or have moved to a new address. By fixing those broken links, you will significantly improve the user experience on your website which can help reduce bounce rate and increase pageviews.
We highly recommend that you use this plugin once every six months for regular cleanup. Let us know how many links you found when you checked your site for broken links by leaving a comment below.