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 A broken link is what you call a link that is no longer valid as a ‘direction tool, a sort of GPS locator’ which helps you to find information on your website.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, 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), although many people use the two terms interchangeably.[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
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.
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.
Taking care of the health of your website is like taking care of your baby, especially while it is still young. There is so much to learn and to implement.
However, it is a great position to be in!
You are in the driver seat of your own business creation and you should be proud! You be the judge.
I hope that you have found the information useful. I would love to hear your feedback in the comments section. Thank you.
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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!