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Identifying & fixing broken links with WP Meta SEO

Identifying & fixing broken links with WP Meta SEO

Having broken links in your WordPress website is not just an inconvenience for your users, but it also sends a message of unprofessionalism. Normally, however, keeping track of all the links on your website and their status is neither practical, nor productive. And that is where WP Meta SEO’s new update comes in.

 

Link Status

Link analysis can be reached from the 404 & Redirects tab in the WP Meto SEO menu. The page greets you with a table made up of all the links on your website. The columns indicate how many times each link was accessed, its status, what represents the link and the page wherein the link lies respectively.
At the top, various filtering options allow you to choose what type of links you want to see, which is particularly useful if you have plenty of links in your website. Among other options, you can show just the problematic links, and index or flush broken links.

1-Page

 

The hits column is a useful analytical tool that gives you an insight into what content attracts your WordPress site’s users. Next to it, the status column indicates whether a link is broken - in which case it dishes out the infamous 404 page - or not. Of particular interest are those links with a yellow sign next to them, which indicate that the link is inaccessible, or broken.

 

Fixing Broken Links

Hovering over any link gives you three possible routes of action - redirecting the link, removing it and re-validating it. The simplest one - removing a link - simply deletes a link from the indicated source page. On the other hand, rechecking a link tests for its validity. This is useful, for example, if you’ve changed the link structure, and you want to be sure that it’s working right. What if you want to fix a broken link?

2-Hover

 

The first option when hovering over any link is to redirect it. In essence, this means that when a WordPress user visits that page, they are taken to a different page that you specify.

In order to force this change, simply click on redirect while hovering over the broken link, and in the last field place the link to where you want to take users instead of the broken link. The change may then be asserted by pressing update.

3-Redirect

 

Simultaneously, you should also notice that the yellow sign changes to a green tick, indicating that the page is now set to redirect. Any user that tries to access the broken link is then redirected to the page that you specified, completely masking any problems!

 

General Settings


WP Meta SEO also provides the option of catering for the general case. For example, if you overlook a broken link, or a user enters an invalid URL, WP Meta SEO allows you to specify to what page you want to redirect your WordPress users.

All options related to broken links are available in the Redirections and 404 page in your WP Meta SEO settings page. From here, you can either choose to redirect all broken links to the homepage, or to a dedicated page, thus personalizing your WordPress website. All if you have to do is pick a page, and press save to make sure that your website is never served with 404 pages!

4-Global-Settings

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Comments 1

Guest - sai krishna on Wednesday, February 06 2019 11:20

Well explained about the broken links with wp meta seo .it is useful to me now . It is easy to get a higher ranking using backlinks than it is to influence search engines with external backlinks from other sites, which is why backlinks matter so much in a search engines algorithm.

Well explained about the broken links with wp meta seo .it is useful to me now . It is easy to get a higher ranking using backlinks than it is to influence search engines with external backlinks from other sites, which is why backlinks matter so much in a search engines algorithm.
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