Google Webmaster Tools Broken Links Tutorial will show you how easy it is to fix and repair broken links, URL and fix 404 page not found errors on your website.
Last Updated: April 23, 2016
Latest News: I have reworded the content to better explain the process.
What you need
- Create a Google account to use Webmasters Tools
- Install the following plugin Quick-Page/Post-Redirect-Plugin on your website
Google Webmaster Tools Broken Links Tutorial Steps
Step 1 ) Log into Google and make sure that Google Webmasters tools is added to your account.
Step 2 ) On the left hand side click on Health –> Crawl Errors. There are five errors found under URL Errors -> Web tab. See images below.
Step 3 ) In this example I will be checking selling/make-money-through-affiliates.php link illustrated above. I will check this broken link if it is linking from In Sitemaps and or Linked from. See images below.
URL not found with a first detection date and a last crawled date.
Nothing was found in In Sitemaps however links were found in Linked from tab. See image below.
Step 4 ) This error occurred because I changed my permalink structure and forgot to check some of my URL’s. When I click on the link above I get the following error Error 404 – Not Found page.
The following image shows you the correct URL path. I have removed the .php extension from the file name and that fixed the problem.
Step 5 ) Since Google Webmasters Tools discovered the broken links on my website and I found out why, I can start redirecting the old links to the new links. In this example I will be using the plugin mentioned above.
Info: There are other plugins you can use to carry out the same task.
Log into your website as admin and go to Redirect Options -> Quick Redirects and enter the old URL under Request and the new URL under Destination. Make sure you click on Save Changes button. See images below.
Step 6 ) Now go back to Webmasters Tools and click on the URL again to make sure that Google can detect the link. Then simply click on Mark as fixed button and click OK on the next screen. See image below.
Click on link to verify that Google can detect the URL. Click on Mark as fixed button.
Click on OK to verify that error is fixed.
This concludes this simple but effective tutorial. I hope this helps you keep track of your broken links.