How to find Broken Links on your site in free of cost?

By Faruque Ahamed Mollick

I already discussed how broken links on a website or blog can harm the site in this article – What Are Broken Links And How It Affects On SEO? And there you can see that broken links are really so harmful to sites. It can harm your site in many ways.

Broken links have a considerable negative effect on a site’s SEO ranking. Obviously, more broken links you have on your site or blog, your site will be more affected on search engines ranking. So undoubtedly, it will affect your organic search traffic but this type of traffic is most valuable for any website and blog.

As Broken Links are always bad for any online business or for a blog, so you must have to get rid of it before search engines find it. If you still haven’t think about it then must think now before it becomes too late.

Maybe some external links are no more available or the website is deleted. Also may be the page link to your site is deleted and showing 404 error. Even your internal links may also have 404 error page after you deleted a blog post and you forget to remove the link from another post that is still linked to that 404 error page.

So you must have to track and keep an eye on the links of your site to find and fix broken links. But how to do it?

But how you can find those broken links? It is not possible for a site contains with too many pages. So you must have to find some other way that helps you finding broken links on your site.

Well, don’t worry. In this article, I am going to tell you how you can check broken links on your site or blog in free of cost.

Yes, you don’t need to pay anything. You will able to check if broken links are available on your site or not completely in free.

There are some free tools available which can check and track on broken links on a website or blog. I am now going to list some of the popular tools that can be used to check and track broken links on your site.

Tools to find Broken Links on your site in free of cost

Here are some of the great and popular tools to check broken links on your site completely free:

Broken Link Checker

Broken Link Checker is a simple online tool that let you easily find if there are any broken link exists on your site or not. It also has the premium version, but with the free version, you can check a maximum of 3000 pages. Well, there is no limits on the number of hyperlinks within those web pages for a free version plan.I found this tool first time by searching on Google and I have already used it for several times.

I found this tool first time by searching on Google and I have already used it for several times. It is able to crawl your web pages quickly and in a very short time, it will tell you if broken links on your site are available or not.

Screaming Frog SEO Spider

Screaming Frog SEO Spider is a beautiful desktop software which checks various thinks on a site and also check broken links. It is a website crawler that allows you to crawl websites’ URLs and fetch key onsite elements to analyze onsite SEO. In the free version of this software, the number of page crawl limit is 500 and check Broken Links for each page.

It is really an amazing software to me. It is not like the other broken link checker that are web page based. I can install and use it on my windows computer and this is the reason I like it too much.

Dead Link Checker

Dead Link Checker is another free online web base broken link checker tool that scans or crawls your site for broken or dead links and then emails the report to you.

You can crawl both the whole website or only one web page using this online tool to find broken links on your site. But checking the whole website for broken links is going to be effective for anyone than checking only one page.

Broken Link Checker WordPress plugin

If your site is running on WordPress then Broken Link Checker WordPress plugin will be a nice way to check and find if your site has broken links or not. This plugin will check your posts, comments and other content of your site to find broken links and missing images, and notify you if any of this found.

Another important advantage of using this plugin is that you will able to see broken links from unlimited pages whereas most of the other tools I have discussed crawls limited pages in their free plan.

I suggest you use this plugin for your WordPress blog as you will able to see all the reports about Broken Links just from WordPress admin dashboard panel of your site and you don’t need to go anywhere to check broken links. A notification will appear in the “Broken Link Checker” widget on the Dashboard. You will always get the report from your dashboard panel.

 

There is some more broken links checker you can find by searching on Google for broken link checker. But these are that I listed in this post are so popular and lots of website owners are using these tools to find broken links on their site.