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Broken Links Question


Best Answer Jill , 23 July 2015 - 08:46 AM

These are links on your site that link to other sites which don't exist any more? If so, yes, delete them.

If that's not what you mean, then I don't understand your question.

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#1 lillaxmomo

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Posted 22 July 2015 - 09:26 PM

I'm new to SEO and very interested in SEO.

 

I used [a] program to hunt for broken links. I'm wondering what to do with these broken links that have the following statuses:

 

404 Not Found

410 Gone

403 Forbidden

503 Service Unavailable

500 internal service error

 

Should I delete the links or implement 301 redirect for every broken link?

 

If I'm using a WordPress, would you recommend using redirection plug-in or .htaccess to implement 301 redirect on every link?

 

I'm not sure what to do with links that have statuses 500 and 503. 


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Posted 23 July 2015 - 08:46 AM   Best Answer

These are links on your site that link to other sites which don't exist any more? If so, yes, delete them.

If that's not what you mean, then I don't understand your question.


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Posted 23 July 2015 - 06:15 PM

Status 404 is a temporary status for where the requested URL is not available at present.

 

status 410 is a permanent status for where a requested URL is not available and will never be returning.

 

status 403 means the URL is restricted to authorised user agents, it also will be the server response if there is no index page found and directory browsing is not allowed.

 

status 503 means that the requested service is not listening on the port specified

 

Status 500 means that some code is "fubarred" 

 

 

 

If I'm using a WordPress, would you recommend using redirection plug-in or .htaccess to implement 301 redirect on every link?

 

A redirect plugins simply write the .htaccess for you if it is on Linux.

 

 

 

 

I'm not sure what to do with links that have statuses 500 and 503. 

 

500 ... Fix the 'broken' code.

 

503 ... Make sure that whatever should be running, IS running 


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Posted 24 July 2015 - 05:23 AM

If these are links coming from other sites that point to bad URLs, then you may find in some cases that there's a good page to which some of them can be redirected. If there isn't (and this is something you have to judge on a case by case basis), then let them error out, or contact the owners of the sites and suggest they delete the links or link to a different page.

 

If these are your own internal links, don't rely on redirects -- fix them. Either remove the links or recode them to point to a good page.


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Posted 25 July 2015 - 07:16 AM

do we have to care about broken links for our site( links that are coming to other sites to my site and that page is now not p-resent or deleted)



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Posted 25 July 2015 - 01:58 PM

You don't have to care about anything. But I'd 301 redirect any URLs that have links pointing from other sites, if at all possible.



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Posted 25 July 2015 - 02:06 PM

 

 

do we have to care about broken links for our site( links that are coming to other sites to my site and that page is now not p-resent or deleted)

Only if you do not want to waste the traffic that a link may send your way.



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Posted 25 July 2015 - 02:12 PM

These are links on your site that link to other sites which don't exist any more? If so, yes, delete them.

If that's not what you mean, then I don't understand your question.

 

What about internal links that are 500?



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Posted 26 July 2015 - 03:03 AM

 

 

What about internal links that are 500?

 

 

Fix whatever code is 'broken' and is causing the problem.



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Posted 26 July 2015 - 07:13 AM

Think about what your audience is experiencing. If you clicked a link on a site (or to a site) and landed on an error page, how would you feel about it? That's the first thing you should be thinking about, rather than whether Search Console is reporting crawl errors. Search console is probably going to be the first place you're going to find out about these issues, but the issue itself is about user experience.






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