Broken Links

For a good user experience and for crawling efficiency, you’ll want to make sure to fix any broken links on your website.

In Screaming Frog, click on the “Response Codes” tab. In the “Overview” tab on the right, click on “Client Error (4XX)”. This will pull up a list of all pages that have 4XX errors. You can see the “Status Code” column to see which ones are 404s (broken links).

1) Click on a link in the main box. 2) Then click on the “Inlinks” tab at the bottom (you may have to drag up in order to see this section). 3) This will show you all the pages on the site that contain that specific 404 link. These are the pages you will need to go to in order to fix this broken link.

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You can use a Search and Replace plugin to update broken links in bulk. But be very careful. It’s super easy to mess things up using a search and replace plugin.

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How To Fix Broken Links
Backup Website
https://docs.google.com/document/d/16RWwNT8e-nUFOgWGejLIPqE557la9eUXX7_eBg3jhjk/edit#

Manually Update Links
You’ll need to update the link on the page to point to the correct link.

Use Search and Replace if Needed
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YU7L51TgzFo8SWmcW-XY59o-hxQjz97wRNHDRj7W0Ac/edit

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