Broken Links

Broken links, also known as link rot or linkrot, are the hyperlinks that point to the resources that are unavailable. In this case, the address no longer exists, so the link created to point to that address is called broken link.

There are numerous situations when this error might occur including:

– 404 error page
– the server stops working
– the domain name was changed



Detecting broken links is important as those links have negative effect on search engine optimization. In addition, broken links are not user-friendly, as users will be disappointed to click on links that no longer works and leads to an error page.

This is why, detecting and fixing broken links is an important part of on-site SEO. You can use various different tools for discovering broken links on a website.



We suggest using Xenu’s Link Sleuth software for discovering broken links on a website. You will have to download the software and install it to your computer. Once you install the software use the menu file and the option to check URL.

xenu_check_URLYou can check both internal and external links. In addition, you can choose additional options. Click on “OK” to start checking the website.

xenu_001You will be redirected to the window with all of the URLs from your website. The software will show the status of the links (ok, not found).


In this way, you will be able to easily detect the broken links on the website, which will allow you to fix them in order to avoid broken links affecting the positioning of your website.


Additional Resources

In this video you can see how to use Xenu software for detecting broken links:

Using Xenu Link Sleuth to find broken web links


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