Links that lead to pages that do not exist are known as broken links. When you click on a broken link, you’ll be taken to a 404 error page. What does the 404 code mean? A 404 error page is a standard HTTP response that indicates the requested URL does not exist.
What should you do if you’re blissfully surfing the web then you come see a 404 error? Most of us would immediately quit the current site in favor of another because broken links are considered unprofessional by both humans and search engines.
Because 404 errors and broken links have a negative impact on your search engine results, it’s sensible to take measures to avoid them in order to improve exposure and site traffic. Some procedures are more suitable to WordPress bloggers who post and update their blogs more than website owners.
In WordPress, there are two kinds of plugins which can help with broken links:
1. Broken Links Checker
As a user who things manually, I keep away from installing plugins. But in this case, installing plugin is the best way to resolve this issue.
Despite of the fact that you use plugins or not, for your website to work best you should regularly check it for the 404 errors and broken links.
There are two reasons why Google can index unavailable or non-existent pages of your website:
1. You might have, by mistake, provided an internal link. You must install Link to post plugin to tackle this kind of issues.
2. This issue also arises when Google completes indexing a link and later you decide to change the permanent link.
Google webmaster tools are the most effective way to resolve these errors. If you have a running website and you have not registered it there yet, get yourself registered to avail this tool.
The most appropriate tool that GWT provides helps to remove invalid pages from search results.
There are three ways to remove broken URLs from Google index
When you verify your site after getting signed up on Google Webmaster tool, invalid pages are few steps away to be found.
1. Click diagnostics then select crawl errors.
2. Click on category named “not found”
3. View pages which have broken links.
1. In the left menu click on Site configuration, and click Crawl access
2. Click on Remove URL tab
3. Next click on New Removal Request
4. Crawler access provides you four options 1 will remove page from Google results
5. You should click Next button at the end
6. Search URL that you want to remove
7. Selecting 1st option click add
8. The URL will appear in the list and you can add more pages to remove.
9. At the bottom you will find a button with ‘submit removal request’
10. Again click on configuration.
11. Click on remove URL
12. Before removing, make sure your URL is not in the list.
13. Click ‘removed URL’ to see list of URL.
Just to make sure, search your URL to see whether any result pops up on the Google
Xenu Link Sleuth can hunt down any broken links in your websites. It can be downloaded here
WordPress plugins work inside a system, unlike them Xenu is a lone ranger which outputs, whether valid or invalid, site links along with sorting them into a readable fashion.
Best thing about Xenu is that it is really easy to use.
1. Click open file and click ‘Check URL’
2. Enter your site link
3. Wait until it checks all the links
4. Click yes on ‘if you want report’ option
When you receive the report, click on Broken Links. To see broken links in all pages sort them in table of contents.
Once you know where required broken links are you can either remove them or fix them.
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