WordPress: How to Maintain and Track Links

s_spider.gif There are useful free blogging tools available on the internet that can be used to maintain the links in your WordPress.com blog and keep close track of them.

Broken Link checker – AddMe
Broken link checker – iwebtools

Put your website or weblog home page URL in the input box and a little spider will read the html code and check for the broken links. The spider splits links in two categories, internal, from the same host, and external, outgoing link to different domains. Once you have put your start URL the bot will visit your website and follow all links checking for their status. When finish you will see a report showing all the bad links found, not only 404 status. Note: the spider doesn’t crawl links inside frames or javascript or flash.

Dead Links Checker

Put your website or weblog home page URL in the input box and a little spider will read the html code and check for the broken links. The spider splits links in two categories, internal, from the same host, and external, outgoing link to different domains. Once you have put your start URL the bot will visit your website and follow all links checking for their status. When finish you will see a report showing all the bad links found, not only 404 status. Note: the spider doesn’t crawl links inside frames or javascript or flash.

Reciprocal Link Checker (Beta Version)

Reciprocal Links Checker

Put in the first field the link to search for (the link towards your site). Second, input in the textbox the listing of the websites where you have done link trades. The spider will crawl one by one each of this addresses looking for links towards your website within your’s link partners html code. You must put the exact address where your link should be found. The crawler doesn’t follow links inside frames, javascript, flash or going through server script.

WDG link valet

Link Valet is a WWW Link checker. When you enter the URL of an HTML page on the Web, it will fetch the page, and print a report on it. Link Valet will also spider your site. When a link references another HTML page at the same site and hierarchy as the URL, Link Valet will recursively follow the link and prepare a similar report on the page referenced. Each page report includes a summary of all links from the page. These include a brief description of the link. Links are highlighted if there is any condition that you might wish to investigate.

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26 thoughts on “WordPress: How to Maintain and Track Links

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  3. Thanks for the information!!!
    I used the links above and found that two links were broken…this may sound a bit idiotic but what do i do when i find the broken links?
    i mean how do i fix them?
    i’m new here so i don’t these basics.(sorry for being a bother!)

    • Broken links mean the article you linked to in your post is no longer online. You edit the post and remove the broken links. Then you research the topic again and locate replacement articles that are relevant, you quote from and link to them in the edited and updated post.

      • Hi timethief ~ I ran a few of the tools from the list you provided above. One of them gave me a large list of green and red check marks. I had a few of the red check marks and went back to my posts. I read what you instructed above and checked all the links and they were fine. Should I have logged out of my site and become a “visitor” and checked that way? By doing that, I would create false visits to my site, since it’s me. I’m not sure how to correct the broken links when all seems to be fine?

        Thanks in advance and I hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

        • Hi again,
          The If you checked out the links and there were no problems with tem then you are good to go. No I don’t log out when I do broken link checks on my blogs. My weekend will be spent scraping and sanding as our renovation is a onging project we hope to conplete by summer’s end. I’m looking forward to a productive and happy weekend and hope you have a happy one too.

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  8. Thanks for sharing this informative information. I want your help on my blog. When someone goes to my blog,and clicks on RSS they see a long page with some strange data.
    Could you guide me how to fix this.
    waiting for your reply

    Thanks

  9. I will bookmark this page.
    This is interesting.
    I have never heard about these tools.
    Nothing is broken in my blog according to the above links.
    Thanks buddy…

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  15. I could never be more useful than Lorelle, silly. I think she virtually wrote the codex and her blog is like a wordpress encyclopedia. :-D Lorelle is way above me. My experience comes from only answering over 7,000 questions on the wordpress.com forum where beginners well, begin … and beginners ask very basic questions.

    I’m really glad I found these tools because I use them quite frequently now to keep on top of the links situation. This is a baby blog that doesn’t have many incoming links yet but, due to the kind of blog that it is it has many outgoing links that are in use everyday. I want to keep on top of finding any links that are “broken” and have a chance to fix them so I’m not mis-directing others.

    P.S. I appreciate your encouraging words very much. :-)

  16. Wow, what a great service! I was thinking of going through my blog and doing a clean-up, but was always daunted by how much work it must be. I’ll try these out for sure.

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