This Broken Link Checker Tool scans all page links within a specific domain to see if any are broken.
This FREE SEO Tool will display which links are broken by displaying a red X. Links that are not broken will have a check mark displayed beside the link.
Broken links within your website can (to an extent) affect your SEO within SERPS. If your website has 404 pages setup and search engines attempt to visit a broken link, your site’s seo should be fine. Do NOT setup broken links to forward to your 404 pages – Google will not index the broken link this way.
If an external website is pointing to a broken link within your website, this hurts your SEO. To preserve your SEO, create a 301 redirect.
- 404 pages are easy to create
- 301 redirects are easy to setup through your .htaccess file or with a redirect plugin
- Broken links can happen with pages, images, xml files, other file types, stylesheets, etc.
If you decide to let your broken links ride out to your 404 pages, keep an eye on the popularity of that broken link and decide if creating a page for that broken link is the right move or setting up a 301 redirect.
What is a 404 Page?
The 404 or Not Found error message is a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) standard response code, in computer network communications, to indicate that the client was able to communicate with a given server, but the server could not find what was requested. (source)
What is a URL Redirect?
URL redirection, also called URL forwarding, is a World Wide Web technique for making a web page available under more than one URL address. When a web browser attempts to open a URL that has been redirected, a page with a different URL is opened. (source)
What is a 301 Redirect?
The HTTP response status code 301 Moved Permanently is used for permanent URL redirection, meaning current links or records using the URL that the response is received for should be updated. (source)
What is a SERP?
A search engine results page (SERP) is the page displayed by a search engine in response to a query by a searcher. The main component of the SERP is the listing of results that are returned by the search engine in response to a keyword query, although the page may also contain other results such as advertisements. (source)