Broken links: The silent killer of your website’s SEO?

Welcome to the exciting world of website link checks!

Yep, you read that right, checking your website for broken links can actually be a thrilling experience.

Ok so it’s not thrilling but we’ll explore why checking for broken links is important and introduce you to some cool tools you can use to find and fix them!

Why bother?

Well, for starters, broken links are like the tumbleweeds of the internet. They make your website look abandoned and neglected. Nobody wants to click on a link only to be greeted by an error message or a 404 page.

It’s like walking into a store only to find that it’s closed. It’s a major turn-off and can make people question the credibility of your website.

Is it bad for SEO?

Absolutely!

Search engines like Google hate broken links because that can lead to a poor user experience. Google doesn’t want a load of dead ends in its search index and having broken links on your website can signal to search engines that your website is poorly maintained, which can hurt your rankings.

What can I do to find them?

One of the easiest ways to check for broken links is to just go through your site, testing each link and button to see what happens.

If you can’t be bothered to do that then you can use our website health check service where we give your website a full service, or you can try website crawlers like Screaming Frog or Lumar.

These tools go through your website and identify any broken links they find as well as missing images and other issues that can affect your website’s performance.

Another cool tool you can use to find them is Google Search Console. This free tool from Google lets you monitor your website’s search engine performance and identify any issues that might be affecting your rankings.

If you’re more of a visual person and use the Google Chrome browser, you can try the Check My Links Chrome extension which will scan a webpage for broken links with just one click. The tool highlights any broken links in red making it easy to identify and fix them.

Wrap-Up

You don’t want the dreaded tumbleweed bouncing across your website.

There are plenty of tools out there, in addition to the ones we’ve highlighted above that will help you identify and fix broken links so there are no excuses not to give your website the link check it deserves!