Fix Broken Links

We have found that a very popular plugin – and one that we recommended for a long time – is too resource heavy to use anymore. When a plugin is resource heavy you tend to get “500” errors or “Timeout” errors. Your website slows to a crawl and it becomes incredibly annoying to readers and writers!

So, in line with our current recommendations of plugin use, we suggest deleting that plugin and using the following steps to find and fix those pesky broken links. If you did this once a month, I would think that would be plenty.

Step One: Check Broken Links in Google Webmaster Tools

1. Log in to your Google webmaster tools using your google login credentials.
http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/‎

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2. Click on the website for which you need to find broken links.

3.  Now look at the left control panel of your account page. Make sure you are on “Site Dashboard” and click “Crawl Errors”

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4. For this tutorial, we need to click on the “not found” section, which will display all the broken links in your website.

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Step Two: Redirect Broken Link using the SEO for WordPress Plugin by Yoast

1. Create a new page (with the broken url).

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2. Scroll down the page and go to “Wordpress SEO by Yoast” Tab and Click “Advance” tab.

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3. Scroll to the 301 Redirect field, and enter the correct link. Then Publish the page.

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