Today, I’m going to show you how to get notified when you have broken links on your WordPress Website. Using a simple plugin like Broken Link Checker, you can quickly spot and correct your broken links.
Broken Link Checker Steps
- Log into WordPress
- Choose PlugIns from the side bar
- Use the search bar to type in “broken link checker” OR visit the broken link checker website to download and upload
- When you find Broken Linke Checker, select install
- Then activate the Plugin
- When broken links appear in your dashboard, click to view
- You can fix a link, unlink it, market it as not broken, or dismiss it
In this video, I’m going to show you how to add a plugin to your WordPress website and be able to check when links are broken on your website, which happens all the time for a variety of reasons.
The first thing I’m going to show you here is if we go over here to plugins, we’re going to add the Broken Link Checker. You can see here that it’s by Janis Elsts and Vladimir Prelovac.
Sorry if I butchered that. What you’re going to do is you’re going to go up here to add new. This is how you add your plugin to where you can go to the plugin directly and download it from there. We’re going to go to upload plugin. Oh, sorry.
We’re going to go here to keyword and we’re going to type in better links. You only go to upload if you’ve already downloaded the file. All right. Did I say better links? We want broken links. All right. Let’s go make sure I specifically have the one I want. Okay. It’s the very first one on there, Broken Link Checker.
Then what you’ll do is you’ll see an install now button. Mine’s faded out because I’ve already installed it. Just go ahead and click install now. Then once it’s installed, you’re going to activate it. You’ll be able to find your broken links down here under tools. I forget sometimes myself.
It’s under tools. We’re going to go over here and we’re going to click on broken links. Now another way to access this, which is actually how I usually access it, is right it’s right in the dashboard when you log on. There’s a little widget there and it’ll tell you if you have broken links. You want to pay close attention to this.
What happens is you’ll see sometimes lots of links on one page. For example here, I have this one blog post called Things to Do with Kids in Summerlin and it had like eight broken links. Well, the reason for that was we changed our domain name and those had never gotten redirected. I’ve actually corrected those.
Then here’s one where it was a holiday blog and we had linked to a company that had a holiday event. Apparently, when they no longer had the holiday event, they took down the URL. It’s just going to a 404 page.
Instead, what I want to do is I want to go in there and change that link to just go to their main domain or I can actually just click unlink and it’ll just unlink it, so then the text and everything stays intact, but it’s unlinked now. It’s not a problem.
Okay. Here’s another one. We’ve got How to Create a Monthly Housing Budget and I was linking to a little report here and it’s not working. We’re going to click unlink and there it goes.
Once it’s actually corrected, it’ll fix itself. Now another thing I sometimes find was 404 pages. A lot of times it’s just as simple as a domain change. You went from http to https or something or you change your whole domain name and those need to be fixed. Here this is very interesting.
On this one karaoke page, they’re saying that my Google.com review links aren’t correct. I’m going to go ahead and I’m going to recheck this. I want to see why that is. Yeah, that’s interesting. I’ll have to check those, but see they come in groups like that. You’ll see that. Another thing that I sometimes will see is a YouTube video.
I will embed a YouTube video and then somebody takes that video down or changes the permission to embed or something like that and then the video will no longer work. Most of this can be cleaned up in a matter of minutes because like you see, it’s usually just by a group, grouped by one page, and those could be easily fixed.
Once they’re fixed I’ll have zero broken links again and then I’ll be made aware anytime there’s a broken link. This is a great way to make sure that your website is healthy and that you’re creating a quality user experience always by making sure that you don’t have any broken links on your website.