How To Find Broken Links Within Your Website?

Find and fix broken links by following tools before it affects your website SEO ranking.

Broken links hurt SEO, and one should consider this as important as other SEO factors.

A few years back, I migrated Geekflare from Joomla to WordPress and somehow missed checking broken links until I found many 404 requests in Google Analytics.

This was expected as WordPress changed the URL structure compared to Joomla, but I am a human being, so I made a mistake in not checking. Checking broken links is very crucial if you are migrating your website from one technology to another.

Ex: Joomla to WordPress, Magento to Joomla, etc.

So I learned my lesson, and here is how I found and fixed my broken links, which may help you too.

I have listed multiple ways to find broken links so you can choose whatever is easy for you.

Screaming Frog SEO Spider

SEO Spider is a powerful offline tool, which also helps you find a broken link. It’s not an online tool, so you must download Screaming Frog SEO Spider and install it on your computer.

Once installed, follow this procedure to find broken links.

screaming-frog-seo-spider

Now, I know which post has broken a link. Isn’t it easy?

Ahrefs

Are you fed up with broken links?

Worry no more and try the broken link checker by Ahrefs!

It helps you check all the outbound and inbound links within seconds. All you need to do is enter your website URL or domain and check the number of broken links instantly.

You can even filter and sort the list for prioritizing the fixing process before it could impact the site SEO. This tool also lets you view dead pages and reinstate them to suitable options to get better with your rankings.

Schedule broken link checking monthly, weekly, or even daily to ensure steady website links. You can also compare different checking results to track the improvements and efficiency of this tool.

If you want to save time, you can outsource the tasks to a freelancer and share CSV reports generated in seconds. Some freelancers on Fiverr can research the broken links for you and do outreach as well.

SEMrush

SEMrush is an all-in-one digital marketing cloud-based software that offers many things, including broken links.

Broken links are available under the site audits.

Dead Link Checker

DeadLinkChecker is an online tool that has an option to check the whole website or a single page. If you were not willing to use the offline tool, then this would be the best alternative.

dead-link-checker

Broken Link Checker

Another excellent online broken link checker tool to scan your website and give you dead links details.

broken-link-check

Dr. Link Check

Dr. Link Check scan your website for 1000 links in free, and in the end, it gives you a summary of internal, external & broken links.

If you had less than 1000 links, then this would be worth trying.

dr-link-check

Chrome Extension

Broken Link Checker is an efficient chrome extension that can quickly scan your web page or the whole website with a lot of links available. Further, it provides the link report within minutes. The tool generates the reports directly without requiring you to install and extra program files.

The tool lets you differentiate between broken and functioning links so you can fix them easily. It can also analyze the availability of external links; hence, if your site has an external link having error 404, you can see it in the report and execute a quick fix.

Broken Link Test

Geekflare offers a Broken link Test to allow you to check broken links on your website before it could affect your SEO.

The tool is capable of crawling up to 3000 links. To get started, just enter your web page URL and hit on “Test Links” to find whether it contains any internal or external broken links.

Fetch the list containing broken links and edit them piece by piece.

SEOptimer

SEOptimer is a tool that can check your website in order to find any problems which might be flagged by a search engine as a penalty charge.

seoptimer

The software comes with a 14-day trial version which can be used to carry out checks on

The software is customizable to look as the user desires and is capable of producing a professional yet simple worded PDF report in nine different languages.

Two paid versions are available at $29 per month and $59 per month. Both come with extra features.

Conclusion

I hope the above tools should be able to help you in finding broken links on your website so you can take the necessary action to fix that.

Next, find out how to make your website trustworthy.