Broken Link Testing the Easy Way

Broken Link Testing the Easy Way

Links to your website are wonderful things. They bring new viewers, and potentially customers, to your site. What isn’t wonderful is when those links have a typo in the hyperlink and those new, interested viewers never get to your site! Here’s how to find a list of broken links for your site.

Step 1: Break out the tools

I use Google Webmaster Tools to help me manage my websites. After all, a high ranking in search engines guarantees a steady stream of visitors to my website. And a steady stream of visitors generally results in a steady stream of customers and advertising revenue. Since Google is king of the hill when it comes to free website traffic, why not avail yourself to all the wonderful tools? 2 Tools that I use are Google Webmaster Tools and Google Site maps.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to do the following:

  1. Create a Google account for your site.
  2. Enroll your site in Google Webmaster Tools.
  3. Build a site map for your website. (If Charlotte Web Development has built your site, chances are this has been done for you.)
  4. Automate the submission of your site map to Google.

Note: Each of these items could be a post within themselves. If you would like to know more about any topic, just let me know in the comments section below and I’ll write a new post about your requested topic!

Step 2: Check the Reports

After your site has been registered with Google Webmaster tools for a while, it will crawl your site and download your site map. You can see the last time Google did this upon log-in.

The Webmaster tools provide a lot of information, one of which is a list of all the links it could not find on your site. You can export this information into a spreadsheet if necessary.

From there you should be able to see all of the broken incoming (other sites) and internal links (your site). The next step is to fix them! Happy hunting!

P.S. It’s a good practice to write a blog post about the pages you fixed and link to them. This will start positively reinforcing both your audience and search engines that you are proactively trying to make your site better and more user-friendly!

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