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WEBFI-WordPress-How to Find and Fix Broken Links in WordPress Step by Step



Broken links are bad for user experience but did you know they can significantly harm your SEO ranking? It’s been proven that having broken internal links can negatively impact your site’s SEO which worries some site owners. In this guide, we’ll show you how to easily find and fix broken links in WordPress to help you improve your SEO ranking and user experience.

To start, we will go to SEMRush and create a new site audit by scrolling down and clicking Site Audit on the left-hand side. On the Site Audit page, we will click the New Site Audit button, add a domain, and name the project for us to keep track of it. There are many customization settings that can be set but the default search is what we will use to check for broken links. When you visit that project, you can click the broken section to see all of the pages that SEMRush sees as broken on your site.

How to do Keyword Research video:

https://youtu.be/1BME8PfbulI

ahrefs 7day trial:
https://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/ahrefs/

For ahrefs, we will search our domain we want to be checked, scroll down to limit to pages, and search for the HTTP code we want to check for, in this case, 404. We can now export the links found into a CSV where you can go through and fix each of the broken links that were found.

How to Set Up a Site on Search Console:

https://youtu.be/-l6733dDx9Q

The third method would be to use Google Search Console to scan your site as well. With Google Search console connected, we will go to the Coverage section and check for any errors on that page. This will list the URLs you can find and fix on your site itself.

While we don’t normally recommend the plugin below, as a fourth option you can use the Broken Link Checker plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/broken-link-checker/

With the plugin installed and activated, you can go under Tools, Broken links to see the links the plugin found for you. This plugin can be very resource-intensive which is why we don’t have it higher in our recommendations.

With the links found you can now redirect them either using your htaccess file or for a simpler solution you would install and keep installed the redirection plugin to handle redirects on your site.

Redirection plugin:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/redirection/

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11 Comments

  • Craig Mullins on November 7, 2019

    link to both the videos on using sem and ahref.

  • Tax Action on November 7, 2019

    Thank you. Very helpful as everytime I log out of my WordPress dashboard I get an error 404 page, instead of the login page.

  • Mr.B Mondal on November 7, 2019

    Hello, In wordpress I set my permalink structure as "post name" , but still in Google's SERP it only shows my category in url not the post name for every blog post I write
    It looks like this https:// example.com> blogging, like this it shows category of post instead of showing post name in url
    How to fix this?

  • Epic Info on May 21, 2020

    you made my day! hurrey!

  • So Good on October 13, 2020

    Thanks so much

  • Shams Robeen on January 24, 2021

    Super helpful!

  • S S on January 28, 2021

    tY

  • Muhammad Ibtehaj on March 13, 2021
  • JTS 1965 on June 7, 2021

    I have broken links that it is not showing and it won't let me do a broken link checker
    search. What's the deal? Do I have to wait 72 hours.

  • Bahadur E-Learning Studio on June 9, 2021

    Helpful, but i have a problem with external broken links on my blog Website, i removed the broken link but when i check with the ahrefs tool it still shows a Broken link on website?

  • A M on July 30, 2021

    Thanks for sharing this info. I have a strange scenario. All internal page links load the home page. The url indicates the page we want..(ie.. http://www.website.com/page1 or /page 2…all loads up home page info even though URL is different). Any idea why?

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