Broken links frustrate your audience. Frustrated people do not buy from you. Checking out your website every so often to make sure that all is well is a good way to stay on your viewer’s good side. Search engines don’t like broken links, either. It’s never too early to do some spring cleaning on your website so here’s a quick how-to guide.
How to find if you have broken links
- Google Webmaster Tools is a great, automated early warning system that you should sign up for immediately. The image at the top of this post is taken from Google Webmaster Tools. I check it every so often to see if anything is wrong with my site.
- Allow comments on your site. Your readers will tell you if something doesn’t click. (Get it! Bad web development pun.)
- For that matter, get on social media like FaceBook or Twitter – your readers may tell you there.
- Broken Website Link Testing
Great. Now that you know about the links let’s go on to the next step.
2 Types of broken links: yours and theirs
If the broken link in question is on your page, great! You can change it yourself.
When broken links on other people’s websites, there is not much you can do. If you can find out who they are, you can contact them but they may do nothing or not have the technical ability to help. You may have to do it yourself. And that means an .htAccess redirect.
This one is more technical. For an overview, see my article on How to Fix Broken Links with Meta Tag and .htaccess Redirects.
OK, so now you know how to check for broken links and what to do when you find them. Any questions or comments, I’m all ears.