Fix Broken Links in WordPress with Broken Link Checker
Sometimes you found a link on your WordPress website that link end up with “404 page not found“. Thus, broken links lead to bad user experience and hurt your website SEO. However, broken links are a common problem on almost every website. Of Course, it does not mean that we ignore it. Gradually It can create pain. But don’t worry, after reading this article, you’ll know how easy it is to fix a broken links in your WordPress Website.
We used the Broken Link Checker plugin for checking broken links. When any broken links detect in your WordPress Website, then it will look like that link with a strikethrough (e.g.
demo) and has a broken_link class. First time when it sees, it is not entirely clear that where is coming from. But these class added by Broken Link Checker plugin. Let’s start how to check for broken links and fix them quickly in WordPress.
How to Find Broken Links in WordPress?
First of all, you have to install and activate the Broken Link Checker plugin. It is entirely free and monitors all links in your WordPress site. Probably, it is the best broken link checker plugin in WordPress. This plugin is run cron every configured hour to check the broken link. And if any broken links found, it will notify you through email and Admin Dashboard.
After activating it, the plugin will automatically start looking broken links on your website. However, it will take time depending upon how much content on your website.
Meanwhile, navigate to settings → Link Checker. Here you can see the progress of the broken links. One process completed, you will see the number of broken links found along with a link.
Simply click on the link, you will see the list of all the broken links.
Here you can perform following options.
- Edit URL – You can update the correct new URL.
- Recheck – Recheck the URL status.
- Not broken – Mark the link is not broken.
- Unlink – Remove the broken link but keep the anchor text.
- Dismiss – Ignore the broken link.
However, you can also perform the bulk operation like mark as not broken, unlink, and more.
Once you fix a broken link on your WordPress website, go back to the General settings of this plugin. Here two parameters are essential to configure. First, this plugin checks each link every 72 hours (keep this same). Second, set the notification email address. If any are new broken link detected, you will get an email to notify about broken links. If you leave email address field empty, then it will use the email address specified in Settings → General.
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Very useful article thanks a lot for sharing…
Great article, a plug in that I must have. Thanks for sharing this tip!
It very helpful. I have been using the plug-in without any problem for a few years now.
Hi, thanks for the article, do you have any idea why the plugin isn’t picking up broken YouTube links for my clients site? I’ve checked the settings and they look ok. I’ve opened a thread with support but no response as yet https://wordpress.org/support/topic/not-picking-up-broken-youtube-embeds/ Maybe I need to be more patient.
Can you follow following things. First, navigate to under Looks for links in tab, checked Videos checkbox. Second, go to Advanced tab, here increase Max. ececution time and try it. Hope it is help you.