Check Your Site For Broken Links
Broken links are links that lead to pages that do not exist. When clicking on a broken link, you land on a "404 error" page, which indicates that the requested URL doesn’t exist. These pages are a nuisance for people browsing your site and can have negative effects on your search engine rankings, so it's important to take care of broken links.
Thankfully, if you want to test your site for broken links, there are a variety of online tools that can check (saving you from going through every page on your site and manually clicking each link). If you have a Google Webmaster Tools account, they offer an easy-to-use diagnostic tool that will check this for you.
Check for broken links using Webmaster Tools (create an account for free if you do not already have one):
- Log into Webmaster Tools
- Click "Health" and then "Crawl Errors"
Google will then provide information on URLs that it could not successfully "crawl", or that returned an HTTP error code. Maintain any pages that come back as broken to give your site visitors and search engines a better experience.
For more information, check out the MightyMerchant eCommerce Blog article, Check Your Site For Broken Links.
About the Marketing Bite
Marketing Bites are short actionable tips to help you market your business. Each Bite contains a marketing idea and an easy to complete action. The Marketing Bite is emailed weekly to subscribers.
"You offer such great information - I feel like I am gaining a bigger and smarter marketing presence. Thank you so much!" -Pamela
"Thanks. I have been getting a lot of value from [the Marketing Bite]. If I need help with marketing on the web in the future, I know where to find the experts." -Jodi
Need a Website?Get a Quote
- Marketing Bite: Simplify Your Homepage Text
- Marketing Bite: Connect with Email Subscribers on Facebook
- Marketing Bite: Use Attribution Modeling to Tune Your Online Marketing Budget
- Marketing Bite: Hone Your Marketing Approach Using Customer Observations
- Marketing Bite: Test Your Mailing List Signup
- Marketing Bite: Read Facebook's Admin's Guide to Moderating Your Page