Online Broken Link Checker – We continue to add functionality to the Digital Sales Resource Centre with the purpose of facilitating Marketers and business owners with their Digital Marketing and Sales activity.
You will find on our Digital Marketing Resource Centre tools such as Online Advertising Calculators (CPM, CTR, CPA), a Keyword Density Checker and a Character Counter – tools which will help your SEO Performance and help you with your online advertising campaigns. And so, we have just added a really valuable tool, which will help identify broken links on your website…you now have access to an ‘Online Broken Link Checker’, courtesy of the Software Development team at Digital Sales. So, why might an ‘Online Broken Link Checker be of value to me’, I hear you ask!!?!!?
If a search engine scans your websites and finds countless broken links, they will consider their customers (the users that undertake searches) and downgrade your website. They will see your website as poorly maintained and unkempt!! So, if you want to rank organically on search engines and compete equally with your competition, make sure your website has NO broken links.
So, User Experience factors such as, bounce rate, time on site are both SEO ranking factors, and if a user experiences a 404 or clicks on a bad link. They won’t be happy! And if they are not happy, Google, Bing, etc. will have that same sentiment!
If you have broken links on your website, it can also stop the search engine crawlers from indexing your website fully. Which is very important.
Individual Blog Posts should also have at least one external link for SEO purposes, this is good practice. However, if that external link is broken, you must change that link and fix it. So, its important to regularly check your website for broken links. It could have a very negative effect on your SEO Blog Posts and SEO activity.
So, make the most of our Online Broken Link Checker on Digital Sales, as often as you wish, and feel free to share…But what information can our online broken link checker provide…
So, we are taking a look at a number of Plumbing websites, here we go…
It will tell you how many pages you have on your website.
Firstly, it will tell you how many pages are on the site, and if you only have a ten to twenty pages on your website, you are at ‘nothing’ from an SEO perspective, see the cursor on the image below, ‘processed 19 web pages’.
If you only have a ‘brouchure’ type website you may rank for a few local keywords, but that will be it.
More content please!!
It will also list the number of Broken Links on your site, what url the deadlink is on and will locate the code to make it as easy as possible for you to fix or remove the dead or broken link, see:
All the pages listed above are valid urls, however, there is certainly an issue here with the website code and I would suspect if you open Google Search Console it will validate my concern.
So, which url is effected?
Click here, see the link, url:
And the page which hosts the broken link will display. OK, now where in the website code is the deadlink? Which line of code do I need to change? Click here, see the link, src – this could be the source of the issue but not the bigger issue in this example.
Line, 1160, which is an easy fix within Wix if it was a simple ‘bad link’ error. And then the Server Response error is displayed, which is a ‘bad host’ error in this scenario.
Let’s put our Online Broken Link Checker to the test again and see if we can pull other valuable data and working examples, http://www.starcitiesplumbing.com/:
See the 404 Server Response:
This tells us that, the broken link is internal, and is very undesirable from a user experience perspective and of course SEO. So, the url link will tell us, what page the broken link is on, which is the homepage, and on that homepage there is a link: http://www.hubplumbingnyc.com/plumbing-services/ – which is not on the server.
And here is the bug live, see:
Feel free to use our online broken link checker as often as you like and share with your friends on social media.
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