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

Doh! Broken links!!! Fix Them!

[This post is part of the Ultimate Guide to Launching a WordPress-Powered Blog series and The Blogger’s Essential Guide to Search Engine Optimization Series.]

As we’ve been walking through my series on launching an amazing WordPress Blog I’ve challenged many of you to change some significant areas of your blog, especially if you’ve already got a WordPress-Powered blog in the first place!

Some of those things include permalinks settings as well as blog post slugs which can dramatically increase your SEO as well as end-user usability and site architecture.

Naturally, many of you have asked how to make sure that you don’t end up with many broken links that would impact your user experience and ultimately your SEO!

Well, here’s a sweet WordPress Plugin that can seriously put your mind at ease and help you to fix those internally broken links:

Broken Link Checker WordPress Plugin Settings

With Broken Link Checker you can check all your links and URLs to see if they are broken. Not only that you’ll be able to fix them directly through their backend interface!

It’s one sweet plugin that you won’t want to leave home without!

A few advanced settings for you to customize.

Make sure that once you install it you let the system run through all your links. Go to the General Settings and you’ll see it work through the links so just put it in another window or tab in your browser and then go get something to eat (if you have a lot of links to work through).

Finally, you’ll notice that I’ve changed the Timeout marker to be 5 seconds, which is a lot shorter than the value that the plugin inserts on installation. This is simply because I put a premium on fast-loading sites that are linked from my blog which impacts my SEO ranking.

As you can see, these two links have been “caught” as having “timedout”:

Timeout...? Or not...

The thing is that both of these sites actually do end up resolving but not as quickly as I like. This helps me not only understand what is being linked from my blog but the quality of those links, especially in terms of load speed which is a significant factor in SEO now.

My recommendation is that these two bloggers look into their server configurations and/or hosting setups to see if they can significantly decrease their page load time so that we can have an awesome link party between TentBlogger and their site!

And here are 3 examples of links that broken simply because the commenter forgot to spell their link right:

Need to double check the URL spelling!

The first is missing a “/” after “http:/” while the second is obviously missing an “e” in “leaders” and the third is just missing a “/” instead of an “@” symbol.

Did I spend the time to correct them? Absolutely, but that doesn’t mean I appreciate it! Please learn to spell your links!

In anycase, hope this WordPress Plugin helps you out!

So, let’s hear it in the comments: How many broken links did the plugin find on your blog? Be honest!

And, don’t forget to fix all the potential external broken links (404 errors) as well!

[This post is part of the Ultimate Guide to Launching a WordPress-Powered Blog series and The Blogger’s Essential Guide to Search Engine Optimization Series.]