What Are Broken Links?

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what are broken links

OK, I am sure you are wondering, ‘what on earth is she talking about?’

Broken links, hardware, chains, cryptocurrency, bots…well, let’s just add to all the above. A broken link is what you call a link that is no longer valid as a ‘direction tool, a sort of GPS locator’ which helps you to find information on your website. It is usually a notice that shows – 404 – a broken link. The link is your website’s URL or according to Wikipedia:

‘A Uniform Resource Locator (URL), colloquially termed a web address,[1] is a reference to a web resource that specifies its location on a computer network and a mechanism for retrieving it. A URL is a specific type of Uniform Resource Identifier (URI),[2] although many people use the two terms interchangeably.[3][a] URLs occur most commonly to reference web pages (http), but are also used for file transfer (ftp), email (mailto), database access (JDBC), and many other applications.

Most web browsers display the URL of a web page above the page in an address bar. A typical URL could have the form http://www.example.com/index.html, which indicates a protocol (http), a hostname (www.example.com), and a file name (index.html).’

For whatever strange reason, there are times when links don’t always lead to where they are intended. This could be because of computer hackers, revised posts, a few of the more common occurrences.

What Kind Of Effect Do Broken Links Have On Your Website?

Well, let’s take a look:

  • They have the potential to reduce the number of visitors to your website (because your reader will not be able to find the information that you are linking to).
  • You may lose some of your repeat or current subscribers because of annoying dead links which lead nowhere.
  • It might leave a bad impression on your website in the eyes of your visitors (people like to know that the sites they visit can be trusted to provide good and safe information).
  • This will also have the potential to play havoc with your website’s ranking with any of the major search engines – Google, Bing, Yahoo, Yandex, et al.

You Might Be Wondering Why?

The answer is simple – because they simply cannot get there!

After a while, as you start adding more and more information to your growing website, there is the off chance that some of your existing links might no longer work – they will be broken!

After a while, once you have been working on your website, adding more and more information, the possibility also increases that there might be links that no longer work.

How Do You Know That Your Links Are Broken?

You may find out through any of these notification processes:

  • A software company that you might have entrusted the responsibility of your website’s routine maintenance – and so they will notify you and even fix the broken links on your website.
  • From a current subscriber who is having trouble accessing one of the pages on your website.
  • Via website analytics – Google Webmaster, for example.

Well, this is good news, knowing is half the battle won, fixing it is the other half!

Luckily, there are tools to get the job done.

Tools To Help

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There are websites that can help you to effect repairs of broken links – both paid as well as free services. Here is your free online broken link checker list as well as some paid services. Have a look and see if any of them can help you make things right for your website!


This one is free. It will isolate the broken links on your website. It is quite simple to use. Once you have accessed the site link, just copy and paste your website’s URL into the search box and let the software do the rest.


This broken link checker is more advanced. It is more for the ‘computer geek’ in you rather than a ‘newbie’. It is more technical in its report. However, it is accessed in the same way as above.

3/Xenu Link Sleuth

With this software and website, it is very different. This one has to be downloaded for it to perform any form of checking on your website. You might not want to do this, however, the choice is up to you. It is also very advanced in its application and results.

4/Deadlink Checker.com

Also, a very easy software to use. It offers both free and paid services. You should be able to get enough information just using the free service. It gives you the option to check your whole website or just one URL.

what is a broken link

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[1] Wikipedia

Images courtesy of Pixabay.

About me

Hello there, I am Michelle – one of the many faces behind this website. It is my intention to provide information that will help to educate and empower you on your journey to success!

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25 thoughts on “What Are Broken Links?

    1. Hello there, Craig.
      I am glad that you found this article helpful. Yes, they say knowledge is key. Now you are in the ‘know’, go out and make your website great!

  1. You have explained this really well. It is something I have not checked up on. Now checking my website is on my to do list using your recommendations. Thank you for your informative assistance.

    1. Hello Tania,
      Thanks for stopping by. I am glad that you were able to grasp the importance of the issue and that you were able to use the information to your advantage. Good luck.

  2. Michelle, thank you for this. I was wondering how to make sure my links stay current and working. I know I have been to websites where I click for more information and get a link does not work message. It definitely makes me wonder whether the person who wrote the article even fact-checked when the link goes nowhere. Trust definitely gets eroded, and I don’t want that happening to me. I will definitely be grabbing at least one of these. Thanks!

    1. Hello Annie,
      Thanks for stopping by!
      I am glad that the information was useful to you. Yes, 404’s happen all the time, in essence, any website owner needs to do a little ‘housekeeping’ to ensure that things stay the way they would like them to be. Happy housekeeping to you!

  3. Thanks so much Michelle for sharing this valuable and informative article on broken links with me.

    I surely need to bookmark this article for more reference later on. Broken links can really be hurtful to our success as Affiliate Marketers.

    I have recently started experiencing some and I think I need to solve them now. Thanks so much for showing me how to solve this problem.

    1. You are so very welcome, Stephen. Yes, it is great to get traffic to your website but even greater if once they are there, and you send them to another article on your site or maybe to another source to help their issue, you need to be able to get them there! I am glad that you found the information useful.
      Good luck!

  4. Hi Michelle,

    I installed this plug-in as you suggested. My website is not quite two months old and I had 7 broken links. One was a website from a commenter and I was able to correct that pretty easily for her. But the others were to links for my affiliate marketing! How frustrating that would be for a reader trying to learn more about a product that looks like it meets his or her needs!
    I was able to fix them. I did notice that all of them were to Amazon, using their shortened code which I had “Pretty Link”d. I wonder if that is a no-no. I put in the long code instead, and it works fine now. I am going to do that in the future. Some of my other affiliates offer shortened links of various kinds, and as long as I plan to use Pretty Links (as I learned to do in Wealthy Affiliate Bootcamp!), I will stick with the long code. No one will see it anyway!

  5. Michelle,

    Brokenlinkcheck.com is a great site. I found a broken link on my site and was able to get it corrected. It is all these little tidbits of information that are so valuable to our online business.
    Thanks for the insight.


    1. Hello there, Lisa.
      Thanks for stopping by. Yes, as the cliche goes – you are never too old to learn, as well as the other one – you learn something new every day!
      I am happy that you found the information useful and more importantly, that you were able to implement it as well. Continued success on your journey and be sure to stop by again.

  6. Hi Michelle,

    Whew, that was a helpful blog post! I used the first link checker you posted in your list “brokenlinkcheck.com and out of all the pages on my site, it only found one broken link and it was a link from a comment. That was incredibly helpful to me, as was this post.

    Thank you, Michelle.

    1. Hello there Sue,
      Thanks for stopping by.
      I am glad that you found the information useful. I am glad also that you were able to implement it and see it in action, and that it helped you in being able to improve your website.
      Continued success on your journey.

  7. I hate broken links! Ha ha. Any time I discover that I have one, it is really frustrating.

    Thanks for including the various tools to check for them. It’s a hassle going back to fix these things, but at least we have some tools now to make it easier.

    1. Hello Craig,
      Yes, don’t we all !! Broken links are indeed no fun! It can be frustrating indeed. Yes, it can be a hassle, but knowledge is power and now you have a few tools that you will e able to use.
      Much success.

  8. Hi Michelle, I linked my site to my friend’s website. My friend informed me that he could not see that my site was linked to his site. I used the tools you described and found that the link I placed in my site had typo. After correcting it, my friend see that the link is connected. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

    1. Wonderful, Anthony. I am happy to know that the article was able to provide some useful information for you that you were able to implement. Please come back and visit, there will always be some good tips to learn.

  9. I think I need to go install a link checker before my site starts getting error codes. Thank you for teaching me this before my site got too old and I had too many to fix easily. I am so happy I found this post.

  10. Dear Michelle,

    Very useful post and thanks for sharing about this plugin and its importance.

    When I checked it on my site I do found few broken links and I fixed them. It a great help and making it simple and easy reducing our jobs. Thanks again!

    Your Friend,

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