Update: Unfortunately, it’s been discovered that the “Broken Link Checker” plugin mentioned in this post has a very serious security flaw and the plugin’s author has chosen not to fix it.
Therefore I can no long recommend the use of this plugin.
I now recommend using the web-based broken link checking tool on this page.
Note: The original post continues below…
Broken links are a blogger’s worst nightmare. In addition to providing your blog’s visitors with a poor user experience, they also give your blog a bad reputation with the major search engines, and your search rankings can suffer as a consequence.
Even worse, if you sell advertising on your blog, broken links also make your ad space less valuable.
Tracking down broken links used to involve a boatload of manual labor. We had to visit each page and post and click on all the links to see if they were still valid. But now a nifty WordPress plugin called Broken Link Checker makes it easy to find all the broken links on your entire blog without lifting a finger.
Broken Link Checker scans all of your blog’s posts and pages as well as the blogroll for links, assembles those links in a table, then checks them all to see if they are valid. You are then presented with a report right in your WordPress dashboard that lists all the broken links on your blog! What could be easier?
Adding this great plugin to your blog is easy. Here’s how:
See important message above!
There you go! No more manually tracking down all the broken links on your WordPress blog.
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