Find & Fix Link Errors from Dashboard With Broken Link Checker

Broken LInk CheckeDo you have broken links on your website? Do you even know if you do?  I thought I had my linking structure under control and perfect…until I installed the Broken Links Checker Plugin, and let it loose on my database.  Wow!  It was a revelation. And when I checked, it was all true! All the Broken Links and Link Errors that this plugin reveled were indeed dodgy (a technical term) or not working at all and going to Page 404 Errors – all broken links.

So why did I think my Linking structure was fine?  Because I frequently check my Attracta Broken Links Report that comes as an Extra Tool with most Website Hosting Accounts, and here is what it was showing before I installed the Broken Link Checker Plugin.

zero broken links

Ha! I wish!  After I checked my data base with this Broken Links Checker, it automatically scanned and found 22 broken links!  All on it’s own!  I just had to click Go! and watch it go to work.  And Attracta had missed all of them – I say nothing….

The Broken Link Checker Plugin by Janis Elsts

Yes, you saw right – this plugin was made by a female geek – who knew there were any! On’ya Janis! [ancient Aussie words of encouragement].

Once you install this Broken Link Finder Plugin on your WordPress Dashboard, it starts to scan your whole website for you, all on its own. It finds all the Broken Links and Link Errors for you, right there on your dashboard.  It keeps scanning as long as your blog is online.  It updates it’s results constantly, and it notifies you of any new Broken Links it finds over time.

Ping! Zap! Fixed! It’s great fun. It’s a bit like those ‘I Shooter’ Computer Games, or shooting fish in a barrel if that is more your sort of sport.  And amazingly it’s free.

Yes, that’s true, unfortunately for me, it is free. There is no Premium version, and no Affiliate Program, so my rave review will not help me to finance an early retirement and a life of luxury.  What?  Hey, we all like to make money from our blogs, don’t we? Yes.

I can heartily Recommend this Plugin.  Here is how you install it and let it loose on your Content.

Go to Dashboard>Plugins>New Plugins and type Broken Link Checker in the Search text box.

Your search with show you this entry for the Broken LInk Checker.

Broken Link Checker

Click Install and then Activate:

activate pluginThis plugin gets installed in your Tools section of your Dashboard.

dashboard tools

And it’s off!  Here is a screenshot I took of it when it had only found 6 Broken Links. It later went on to find 22 broken or problem links.

broken linksBut wait! The best thing about this plugin is that you can fix these Broken LInks right there on your Dashboard.  Here’s what you do:

Pick one of your Broken links that the Plugin has found for you.

Hover your mouse over the link and you see some one-click options:

  • Edit URL,
  • Unlink,
  • Not Broken,
  • Dismiss.

The Bulk Action Choices are

  • Edit URL,
  • Recheck,
  • Fix Redirects,
  • Not Broken,
  • Unlink,
  • Move Sources to Trash.

I checked out one of the Broken Links it had found – it was a link in someone’s Comment.  And yes, it went to Page Not Found 404.  So I clicked ‘Unlink’ and checked the link again at the Comment.

The Comment was still there and visible, but the link back to the Commenter’s blog was no longer live and therefore I had no Page Not Found 404 Error on my own blog. Brilliant.

It took me five minutes to fix all 22 problem links. I think 99% of them were links in my Comments.

This plugin also lists all your Redirects and tell you if they are all still working ok.

So get it while it’s hot! It’s free and it’s brilliant.

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Find & Fix Link Errors from Dashboard With Broken Link Checker — 8 Comments

  1. Carol

    I’ve been using the Broken Link plugin for a while now and could not do without it.

    I always add to all my clients sites.

    And yes, 99% of my broken links are due to comments linking back to sites that no longer exist. Goes to prove so many site owners give up after a few months.


      • I agree, Carol. That’s the way I look at it. I think I read once, that 1 million blogs a day are left idle. I wonder if 2 million are created though!


        • I realised this when I first started this Blog – at first I wasn’t on Google’s/Alexa rank at all. Then I was rated around 360 millionth in the world, which was daunting. But then this blog started leaping up the Alexa charts by hundreds or thousands every day. This must be because so many thousands of other bloggers weren’t actually blogging at all.

          These days I’m watching everyday to see when I can get into the double digit thousands-ths rank of Blogs in the world. At these dizzi-ing heights, I go up more slowly than before, but I’m still going up.

          I know people say that Alexa rank is meaningless, but it does tell you if you are going up or down. Maybe I like it because I keep going up in the world!

  2. Every weekend i used to pay a quick visit this web site, as i want
    enjoyment, since this this web site conations actually pleasant funny data too.

    • Glad you find it useful, and that you noticed it is sometimes funny, well, mildly amusing at least – I like to keep myself amused, but most people don’t notice, or else they are ignoring it.

    • Hi Aniita, it would definitely be good for big sites, but I think it’s useful for any site – it’s free, easy to install, and you get an email notification if any links drop out. It means you know that everything is working ok without having to think about it or spend time checking. I find it useful. When I first installed it I was surprised at how many dud links there were – now it finds the occasional drop out link as soon as it happens.

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