Not only do broken links make for a pretty bad user experience, but they also have the potential to hurt your site’s search engine ranking. Broken links can make your content look unprofessional and outdated, and can reflect poorly on your site. Basically, having broken links on your site is not ideal, and they can be difficult to keep track of, as it’s impossible to keep track of changing URLs or content that may have moved or been deleted. The best way to manage your links on your WordPress site is to install the Broken Link Checker plugin.
The Broken Link Checker plugin is a great way to manage your links and keep track of which ones may have gone bad. The plugin updates you either by email or via your dashboard when bad links are detected so that you can change or remove them as soon as possible. You can also configure the plugin to prevent search engines from following the bad links, just in case you aren’t able to remedy them right away. The settings are customizable, but the plugin gives you the option of having the broken links appear with a strike through them so it’s as though they’re crossed out. You can also mark links that have been detected as bad as “not broken” if the plugin has made a mistake or if you don’t want to remove or change the link. This plugin is a great option for keeping your content current and streamlined in an efficient manner.