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Check and Fix Broken Links

by | Sep 17, 2022

🎯 What’s the goal?
Detect and fix any broken links on your website.
⚠️ Why does it matter?
Broken links make bad user experience. Audiences could get frustrated and may never return. They devalue your SEO efforts.
🏁 What’s the result?
Your website doesn’t contain any broken links.
⌚ When do you do this?
As soon as you put your website online and then on a regular basis.
βœ… Any special requirements?N/A.πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈWho should do it?
Pearson in charge of managing your website.

πŸ‘‰ Where this is done: Using ScreamingFrog or Sitebulb apps to spot the potential issues. Then fix manually via post/page editors of your CMS.

⏳ How long will this take? about 20 minutes

Let’s hunt for any broken links hiding within your website structure.

Environment setup:

  • ScreamingFrog software installed on your computer.
  • OR Sitebulb software installed on your computer.
  • We recommend that you use Google Chrome browser to navigate the web.

#1 – Checking for Broken Links with ScreamingFrog

Installing ScreamingFrog software

  • Click on β€œDownload” under β€œSEO Spider Tool”.
  • The website should automatically detect what operating system you are using. In our case, this is Windows OS. Click on β€œDownload now”. If for some reason you use a different operating system than detected, select it by clicking on β€œUsing a different operating system?” below.
  • ScreamingFrog software will start to download.
  • After downloading, click on the software you just downloaded.
  • Choose β€œDefault” and press on β€œInstall”.
  • When you see β€œCompleted”, you can click on β€œClose”.

Checking Broken Links with ScreamingFrog

  • Open β€œScreamingFrog SEO Spider” software.
  • Wait for it to open.
  • β€œAccept” End User Licence Agreement.
  • Check if required settings are enabled by clicking on β€œConfiguration” then on β€œSpider”.
  • Make sure that β€œCrawl” and β€œStore” boxes are checked next to the β€œCanonical” option in the β€œCrawl” tab. (If you are using the free version it will be automatically checked and any selection will be prohibited like in our case, for paid user all options can be adjusted).
  • Exit setting and enter your website URL.
  • Click on β€œStart”.
  • Wait for the software to crawl your website.
  • After that, you will be presented with a table of your URLs.
  • Click on β€œResponse Codes” above the table.
  • Choose β€œClient Error (4xx)” from the filter list.
  • Broken links are represented by β€œ404 Status Code”.
  • Highlight URL associated with β€œ404 Status Code” by clicking on it.
  • After highlighting the URL click on β€œInlinks” below.
  • Here you will find on which site (β€œFrom” column) the broken link is hiding (β€œTo” column). The broken link is one in the β€œTo” column.

#2 – Checking for Broken Links with Sitebulb software

Installing Sitebulb software

  • Go to the Sitebulb website.
  • Click on the β€œTry Sitebulb for Free” button.
  • Choose β€œDownload for Windows” or β€œDownload for Mac” depending on your OS.
  • β€œSitebulb.exe” software will start to download.
  • Double click on β€œSitebulb.exe” after downloading to start software installation.
  • Click on β€œNext”.
  • Choose a directory for your software installation and press on β€œNext”.
  • Click on β€œInstall”.
  • Wait for the installation to finish.
  • And then click on β€œFinish”.
  • Now open installed Sitebulb software.
  • Now you must β€œCreate a new free account”. You have to type in your β€œFirst Name” (1), β€œLast Name” (2), β€œEmail” (3) and also check the box next to the EULA agreement (4).
  • After you fill in with your data, click on β€œRegister”.
  • Now you have to verify your account. As the message below says.
  • You should find β€œWelcome to Sitebulb!” email in your mailbox. Open it.
  • Then click on β€œConfirm Your Account”.
  • Now you have to pick a β€œPassword” and set three security questions.
  • After that, click on β€œConfirm & Create Password”.
  • You will be granted with β€œThanks for signing up” message.

 Now you can go back to Sitebulb software.

Checking Broken Links with Sitebulb

  • Go back to Sitebulb software, now you can β€œSign In” with your newly created credentials.
  • Click on β€œStart Free Trial” (or use an active subscription if you have one).
  • After a short introduction click on β€œNew Project” in the upper left corner.
  • Start a new project by entering its β€œProject Name”.
  • Then enter your website URL into the β€œStart URL” box. (Remember to choose Http:// or https:// accordingly).
  • Check β€œForms authentication required” box if your website requires signing in to access the content.
  • Click on β€œSave and Continue”.
  • Wait for Sitebulb to prepare your audit settings.
  • After that, you should set β€œAudit Type” and β€œCrawler Type” as below. (It should be set that way automatically but check it before proceeding).
  • You can add some additional data for your audit but for this SOP and its topic we will stay with β€œPage Resources” as it is all that you need.
  • Check the box next to the β€œCrawl Website” under β€œSelect URLs sources to Audit” section.
  • Click on β€œStart Now”.
  • Then wait for the audit to complete.
  • After completion, choose β€œURL Explorer” on the upper bar.
  • There you will find a table with all of the crawled URLs.
  • Now click on β€œAll Hints”.
  • Now you should find β€œBroken internal URLs” or β€œBroken External URLs” on the hint list. There will also be a number of affected URLs.
  • Click on β€œView URLs” next to the hint.
  • You will be presented with a list of URLs. Broken links will be represented by β€œ404” code.
  • URL in the tab is the one that is broken.
  • To find out on what page it exists, click on the β€œmenu” next to the URL.
  • Choose β€œView” under β€œURL Details”.
  • The page that contains the broken link is in the β€œFirst Found On” section. You can click on β€œExport Data” to collect data for your developer.

Repairing Broken Links

Now that you know how to spot broken links on your website, it is time to fix them by editing any broken hyperlink in the Post Editor or by contacting your Webmaster

Keep all your URLs in good shape!
Every link is a part of a motor that runs your website! Make it run smoothly. 

Check and Fix Broken Links

🎯 What’s the goal?Detect and fix any broken links on your website. ⚠️ Why does it matter?Broken links make bad user experience. Audiences could get frustrated and may never return. They devalue your SEO efforts. 🏁 What’s the result?Your website doesn’t contain any broken links. ⌚ When do you do this?As soon as you put […]
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