Links that do not exist or show any errors, such as 404 not found error, Is called broken links. In other words, the broken links broken links Is called Which are no longer useful.
In the past, you must have linked a page of a website to your blog posts but then later removed that page from the website. By doing this, the link on that blog post of your website will be a broken link.
Whenever a visitor to your website clicks on that link, he will get an error of 404 Not Found or error of website not found.
Not only visitors are affected by this. When the search engine bots also get a broken link, then they also get 404 error. If seen from the SEO point of view, they make a negative impact for your website.
If a website struggles with many such broken links, then it is called “Link Rot”.
Then how are broken links made on the website?
Apart from the above mentioned concept, even if your blog or website is very popular and many people make comments on your website, those comments contain links. So there are chances that The links in many of your website's comments are also broken.
There are also many broken link checker websites from which you can check the broken links of your site such as Free Link Checker, W3C Link checker etc.
For any WordPress blog, this plugin is a life-saver plugin to quickly fix broken links and re-directions. This is useful when you cleanup your WordPress site.
Broken Link Checker WordPress Plugin (BLC) is an important SEO audit plugin.
This is a free tool for WordPress. This plugin finds all your broken links and then provides you a lot of options to fix them.
This plugin checks every URL on your WordPress blog and also gives you a complete report of broken and redirected links.
How to use Broken Link Checker WordPress Plugin?
First download and install this plugin in your wordpress blog.
Activate this plugin and then Tools> Broken Links Click on
It will take some time before this plugin starts checking the broken and redirected links on your website. You can always check about it from your WordPress dashboard.
Here's how this plugin shows you broken links:
Along with your broken links, it will give you Status code also shows , Which will make it easier for you to know whether you have to unlink this link, update it or do not take any action about it.
I would suggest to you that Instead of unlinking the links, you should work on updating them. If you have a very big blog which has thousands of broken links, then it is better that you get rid of 404 such links immediately.
Apart from this, you can configure many more settings. I would suggest you "Look For Links In" Go to and check the comments section.
If your server is underpowered or overpowered then you can also set your “Server Load Limit” under Advanced Tab.
And "General" In Tab, you can prevent search engine bots from following your broken links. I highly recommend you to set this option.
After running this plugin for a few hours, you will get some broken links.
Comments For you simply by selecting all those links from the dropdown "Unlink" Can be selected.
For blog posts, I would highly recommend that you update the link instead of just unlinking it. This will keep the quality of your orignal post intact.
The most interesting feature of this plugin is Finding and fixing redirections. After a long time, people change their domains and redirection to the old domain..
The Broken Link Checker plugin checks all these redirections, and with just one click, you can update or fix all redirected links.
Note: If you are using Affiliate links, it will show as redirected links, keep in mind that you do not fix Affiliate links.
A screenshot is given below for how you can fix redirected links:
If you have ever changed domains or changed the required permalink structures, or you have migrated your blog from BlogSpot to WordPress, this redirect feature will be very useful for you.
Some time ago, we CallingAllGeeks Changing the permalink structure of a blog named, created the problem of under duplicate meta descriptions of HTML Suggestions in Google Webmaster Tools for all posts. After doing some searches, I came to know that it was a bug.
But I also realized that it was no use to keep some links on their old permalink structure, because many redirections and broken links are not good for SEO at all.
According to the total number of links on your site, this plugin may take 10 to 45 minutes to fix all the links on your site.
By using this plugin one last time, we corrected almost 600 broken links on the ShoutMeLoud blog.
Note: This plugin adds many tables to your WordPress blog database, which increases the size of your database significantly. So after using this plugin, disable it, and then using the WP-DB Manager plugin, you can easily delete all the tables created by this plugin.
For your reference, this plugin creates tables with the following name:
_blc_filters, _blc_instances, _blc_links, _blc_synch
It does not depend at all on which platform you are using, is it WordPress or any other, broken links are not good in terms of SEO for any blog. Whenever you do SEO audit of your website, don't forget to use Broken Link Checker.
Tell us which plugin you use on your WordPress blog and manage your broken links well.
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