After the recent theme change here at wpliving.net, I went back through my archive of posts to make a few style and formatting changes, and in the process I came across some dead links.

There are 2 main reasons why you should fix dead links. The first is to improve your visitors’ experience. There’s nothing worse than clicking on a link only to be taken to a 404 Page or one of those generic filler pages that hosting companies litter the Web with.

Secondly, cleaning up broken links can help improve your SEO ranking. You can find evidence of this on Google’s Webmaster Guidelines page related to SEO. You’ll also find a whole range of measures to take to help your site rank higher in search engine results.

Ok so this a very simple tutorial on how to improve your SEO ranking by removing broken links from your WordPress blog or website.

Rather than check each link manually, I looked for a WordPress plugin to automate the process. After trying a couple of solutions, I found the Broken Link Checker plugin by Janis Elsts to be the most simple and effective option.

What I like most about the WordPress plugin is that it scans my blog at regular intervals for broken links and returns a status update on my WordPress dashboard. The report generates the following information:

  • Broken url
  • url status
  • how long the link has been broken
  • url of my WordPress post/page that contains the link
  • the option to automate unlinks and redirects

So if you’ve never bothered to check for broken links in the past, give this little plugin a whirl and you’ll be surprised at what you find.

DupliChecker is another broken link checker

service that you might want to take a look at.