Broken Links are bad for SEO. What is the best way to find broken links on your WordPress blog? There are many broken link checkers which will let you find broken links, and many paid SEO reports also which will help you identify broken links, but in WordPress, it is easier.
Though with a free ahrefs account, it is easier to find broken links for your website. I have been using the amazing Broken Links Checker plugin for quite some time since Panda updates became famous and it has helped us find and fix all broken links on our website.
Broken Links Checker
A few months back, the first time we used the plugin it took several hours as it scanned across our entire site and you could continue to refresh and see how many links were broken and how many were redirects.
Over the last 7 years, this was the first time we checked broken links in such a comprehensive way, nearly 10% of outbound links were broken!
This was a huge exercise to fix all links in thousands of posts, but the interface integrates very well in the WordPress admin and easily allows you to Edit URLs, unlink text or mark the URL not broken.
There are many options to optimize as per your schedule, with many other custom options. But as I continued to fix these URLs, I realized it would take many weeks to fix up the entire site.
CSS Style Broken Links
The plugin meanwhile also offered a quick and powerful way to nofollow links and even add a CSS styled strikethrough on all broken links so visitors would not click through these broken 404 links.
This is a highly recommended plugin for all WordPress bloggers. Broken links are very bad for SEO and this is a very powerful tool to fix all broken URLs in a few clicks. Try it out and tell us how many broken URLs did you find on your WordPress blog?