One of the most important tasks for any webmaster is ensuring that you don’t have broken links on your website. But what kind of tool should you use for that purpose? I recently found a free broken link tool that I’d like to share with you.
Broken links can cause several problems. First, they can siphon off necessary link juice that flows from one page to another. If these pages are internal to your website, then you’ll have visitor usage problems, which can hurt your reputation. If those broken links are external and point in to your website, then you’ll get less traffic to your website. Either way, you’ll lose some authority points with the search engines and with your human audience.
All of this means you must identify and fix broken links quickly or suffer at the hands of the Internet gods.
This tool is more than a broken link tool, obviously. But it serves as a useful tool for helping you find your broken links. It will crawl up to 10,000 pages at once. However, if you set it to crawl that many pages, expect it to take awhile. The bright side is you can have your broken link report e-mailed to you so you don’t have to wait.
The report is pretty thorough. It includes:
- Number of internal links
- Number of external links
- A list of your internal link errors
- A list of your redirects
- A list of your external link errors
- And a list of your external redirects
After reviewing these reports, you should have enough information available to identify your link problems and get those fixed.