Broken links are dead-links which are not good for search engine and also for your readers. Today, I will be sharing some free 404 link checker tools which will help you to detect 404 and dead links on your blog. Personally, I prefer Xenu link sleuth for my sites. Though, I’m sure many of us here are wondering why we need to use these dead link checker websites. I will explain this after a break.
Why we should regularly check and fix 404 links
Broken links are those links which gives 404 status code. Usually, when a webmaster decides to change permalink and also removes the page it gives 404 status code. Such links are call as broken links and they are not useful for search engine and also for readers. Too many broken links are not treated as sign of quality site, so we should make sure to fix such links and point them to right URL.
These free online link checker tools will check your sites for any broken links. These means, it could be internal broken link or could be external broken links. Especially, if you have huge blog, your old posts may have too many dead links, by adding working and updated URL’s, you will be making them worth a read. Search engines bots hates broken links, which can result in low ranks in search engines and less traffic to your blog. From a search engine perspective Broken links are treated as dead end.
For WordPress bloggers, we have Broken link checker WordPress plugin, which is very useful and effective. Though, for static sites and for BlogSpot, we don’t have any such plugin, so we will look into some online solutions.
If visitors are landing on broken links of your blogs, there are chances that they won’t return back to your site. No one has time to waste time on broken links. You can find out broken links with lots of free site checker tools available online. Once you detected broken links of your blog, you can manage those broken links with redirection plugin.
Useful Broken link checker Websites:
1. W3C Link Checker
This plugin is a part of W3C’s validators and Quality Web tools. It is premium plugin that checks the issues in anchors, links, and referenced objects in a web page, or on the entire websites.
Created by Google, this plugin is completely free of charge. It is rich featured and helps webmasters to understand how Google is indexing your websites. It lists out the errors into not found,Sitemap related & restricted by robots.txt so that webmasters can modify and improve them.
3. Link Valet
Link Valet is an online link checker that can spider your site and gives you a report. It fetches the page when you enter the link of an HTML page, and then it will produce a report on it. When a link references another HTML page at the same site, the plugin will follow the link and prepare a similar report on the referred page.
4. iWebTool Broken Link Checker
This plugin is a useful tool of iWebTool, which is focusing on website tools development. By simply entering your website domain name and click the View button, you can easily get the result of broken links on your website. However, it doesn’t give any modification advices.
5. Online Broken Link Checker ( OBLC )
This is a reliable and flexible tool, with which webmasters are not required to manually search for dead links. It does not only tell which hyperlinks are dead, but also show where exactly those stale references located in the HTML code. In case, webmasters can easily find the broken links and fix them.
This is one tool that we use here at TheHackerSolutions. SEMRUSH is a complete suite for finding broken links on your website (Internal + External). It shows the broken links with HTTP code & when the broken link was discovered.
7. Free link Checker (IndiaBook)
Free link checker is helpful in checking broken internal and external links within your blog. You can also check the validity of your links on any web page on internet. With URL links it checks image links also.
SortSite is a premium website analysis tool that scans the entire website for quality issues, including broken links, spelling errors, browser compatibility, accessibility, web standards validation and search engine issues. As for the link check, it finds dead links and missing images in HTML, PDF, CSS, Flash, and Microsoft Office documents.
Broken links gives an unprofessional image to visitors about you and your blog. If you are ignoring your blog’s broken link then I would suggest keeping a check on broken links of your blogs with the above mentioned tools. It doesn’t take much time and is very easy to check.
Do you think that detecting broken links is a vital part of SEO? If yes , then what you do to check broken links of your blog?