Removing Broken Links in Your WordPress Blog

Removing broken links from your WordPress blog is important, not only from a SEO perspective, but also from a usability standpoint. In my last post I talked about managing your WordPress database using the WP-DBManager plugin. This plugin was one of two that I installed to help manage Technically Easy. This week I will look at another.

One of the difficult tasks to perform with regards to a WordPress blog is the process in finding and removing broken links in your posts. If you have been blogging for many years, then chances are many of your older posts have links that no longer work. The plugin I will discuss in this post finds and notifies you of all broken links it finds in your posts.

Finding and Removing Broken Links

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There are probably many tools and web sites available to you that will help you find broken links in your blog posts. While these do the job nicely, I was looking for an easier way to perform such a task. By easier, I mean from within my WordPress dashboard.

Finding Broken Links

While searching for plugins that can help me manage my blog I came across the Broken Link Checker For WordPress plugin. The features of this plugin include:

  • Checks post pages in the background whenever the WordPress administrative panel is opened.
  • Detects both internal and external links and images that no longer work.
  • You are notified on your WordPress dashboard if any broken links are found.
  • Link checking intervals can be set. By default, all posts are rechecked every 72 hours.
  • Displays a table of all broken links that allows you to view/edit the link.

The one thing I noticed that is missing from the list is the ability to check links from within the comments. Maybe a future version could include this feature.

When I installed the plugin, it immediately went to work looking through my posts. After some time (it won’t check all posts all at once), it had found some external links that were no longer valid, which I verified. I then took action to correct the links, or if needed, I took action in removing broken links.

Removing Broken Links

As mentioned in the features list, you are notified on the WordPress dashboard if broken links are found in your post. You can then view a list of all broken links the plugin has found, and take corrective action.

For me, I would view the post containing the broken link, and then either find a new link, or remove the link entirely. If you know a new link, you can simply edit the link within the list, or edit the link from within the post. I chose to edit the post.

Once I had corrected the link, it was no longer displayed in the list. In all, the plugin found about five links that were no longer valid. I corrected all five, and since then, no other broken links have been found.

My Impression

The Broken Link Checker For WordPress plugin has made finding broken links in my posts very easy. I can now find and correct all invalid links from within my WordPress administrative panel. The only missing feature that I found with this plugin is the ability to find broken links within the comments. This would definitely be a welcomed addition. If you are serious about removing broken links from your posts, then I recommend you use this plugin.

PG

About Paul Salmon

Paul Salmon is the founder of Technically Easy. He is a an experienced PC user, and enjoys solving computer-related problems that he encounters on a regular basis.

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13 Comments

  1. Posted April 3, 2013 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Hi Paul,
    I have scores of websites with broken links. I have recently come to the understanding that I need to remove these for better SERP results for my clients. The Broken Link checker Plugin seems useful, however, I dont want to remove to the broken links manually. Do you know of a safe wordpress plugin that I can install that will remove the broken links automatically?
    Michael.

  2. Posted October 31, 2011 at 3:48 am | Permalink

    Hi.
    Is there anything like this that is applicable for Blogger?

    I have just purchased a domain name and I found out it has already more than 400 links to it. But the thing is, I believe the previous blog owner was using WordPress. And Im using Blogspot (hosting is free under Blogger too).

    Is there a way for me to rectify this please?
    Thanks.

    • Posted October 31, 2011 at 8:32 am | Permalink

      I don’t think there is anything like this for Blogger. I started this blog on Blogger, and then switched to WordPress about a year later.

  3. Thomas Taylor
    Posted August 19, 2011 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    How Can I delete all broken link after check,because I have over 5k broken link and I can’t manual delete it ?Can I delete it in database ?

  4. Dean Saliba
    Posted November 23, 2010 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    Been using this for a a day or two and have found hundreds of broken links from sites that have shut down and had their domains expired. Great plugin. :)

  5. Posted June 17, 2009 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    Great work, big thanks

  6. Laura
    Posted March 4, 2009 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    You need to fix you title you Paul. :)

    • Posted March 4, 2009 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

      Thanks. The title has been fixed.

  7. fragileheart
    Posted February 17, 2009 at 10:05 pm | Permalink
  8. Kudzai
    Posted February 16, 2009 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Cheers guys, I didn’t know that this plugin existed. Paul good work…

  9. Posted February 15, 2009 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    I’d found this plugin a week or two ago as well – very useful, and found 21 broken links. Luckily, most were from hReview plugin where the folder name had been updated, and the review stars images had gone AWOL. Simple fixes and all’s right with the world :)

  10. fragileheart
    Posted February 14, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    I used to use this plugin, but they didn’t update it immediately after WP 2.7 came out and it was causing serious problems with my blog so I had to delete it. Glad to hear they’ve updated and its safe to install it again :) Thanks Paul.

    • Posted February 14, 2009 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

      I’m not sure of the WordPress version that is compatible with the plugin, but so far I haven’t found any issues.

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