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How to Find and Fix Broken Links in WordPress

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Wondering how to fix broken links on your website?

We all know that broken links are terrible for the user experience. But did you know that broken links can significantly hinder your WordPress SEO rankings?

Yes, it’s true. Having broken internal links on your website can negatively impact SEO rankings.

Here’s the good news: TTG is here to help with a quick tip on finding and replacing the broken links using a free plugin.

Knowing how to use a broken link finder can change the game for your website. Look no further than the Broken Link Checker plugin from WPMU DEV in WordPress and this 2-minute TTG Tidbit that shows you how to put it into action!

What is a broken link?

: A broken link, or a dead link, is a link that no longer works. There are several reasons why broken links occur, but the most common reason is when a page is either deleted or moved to a different location which causes the server to show a “404 page not found error.” Sometimes broken links can also happen due to a typo, and they can go unnoticed for months – if not years. This is why it’s essential to monitor broken links on your site regularly and fix them, so you can keep them from hurting your SEO rankings or user experience.

Ok, so broken links are bad for your WordPress site. Now it’s time to answer the important question – how can you fix broken links in WordPress?

Broken Link Checker monitors and tests all internal links & external links on your site, looking for broken links. It helps you fix bad links to improve SEO and user experience

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How to Use the Broken Link Checker in WordPress

WordPress Broken Link Checker is a free plugin created with a focus on server performance. Once the Broken Link Checker is installed, it gets to work detecting broken links: it will begin scanning for broken links right away and display them for you in a handy list. You’ll see each broken URL, as well as its status, anchor text, and location.

The nice thing about using the Broken Link Checker is that it will continue to scan your site on an ongoing basis, so you can simply come back from time to time and look for any new issues.

To maintain the health of your site, you should be checking for and replacing broken links regularly. This will ensure your visitors don’t hit any dead ends and exit out of your site in frustration. Make finding and fixing broken links a part of your monthly website wellness checklist.

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Tom DiGrazia

With over a decade and a half of professional design experience, Tom brings his knowledge of design principles and focus on user experience to every aspect of his contribution to TTG. Paying special attention to each client’s brand, personalized needs and individual interests, he strives to create compelling concepts utilizing intuitive and highly-refined design solutions. In addition to traditional and digital design work and oversight at TTG, Tom also boasts a wide portfolio of web development projects with the company, allowing him to stretch his CSS and HTML skills across multiple platforms and disciplines. He feels that being a designer in the digital landscape of websites, eCommerce solutions, email marketing platforms and social media, it is important to understand the code that goes into these areas as it assists his ability to tailor designs specifically targeted to achieve the best end result and further builds understanding and communication with backend development teams.

In his off hours, Tom is an avid pop culture enthusiast, staying up to date on the latest shows, films, comics and games. He can also typically be found taking part in a whole host of artistic activities that help him further stretch his creative legs. Regardless of the activity, Tom is always accompanied by his dog, Eli, and his cat, Tib.

Specialties:
Design, Photography, Illustration, Digital Imagery Manipulation, Wesbite Development

Platforms/Tools:
Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, HTML/CSS, Wordpress

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Courtney Dumont

As Senior Marketing Strategist & Analyst at Technology Therapy Group, Courtney is energized by the ability to flex both her left and right brain daily. Courtney discovered her passion for Marketing at Bryant University, where she spearheaded research on students’ perceptions of Social Media Marketing for her Honors Capstone Project. After graduating Bryant in 2012, she joined the Technology Therapy team, where she’s honed her skills in social media, search and social advertising, email marketing, SEO, and more.

Since joining the team, Courtney has created digital marketing strategies and managed campaigns for clients across the country, ranging from plastic surgery centers, to jewelry stores, to construction companies. With a cohesive, cross-channel approach and a focus on data-driven decision making, she has increased their leads by up to 217%. But Courtney doesn’t leave her zeal for social media at the office; she also runs a local foodie Instagram account with her husband to document their meals across Rhode Island and beyond. Check them out: @hoppilyfed.

Specialties:
Marketing Strategy, Data Analysis, Google Ads, Facebook Ads, Social Media

Platforms/Tools:
Google Analytics, Google Ads, Facebook Ads, Facebook Creator Studio, Instagram, Klaviyo, Mailchimp, Emma Mail, Google Data Studio, WordPress, YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, Microsoft Office