Top broken link checkers to keep your website healthy.

Find and fix broken links by following the tools before they affect your website’s SEO ranking.

Broken links hurt SEO, and this should be considered as important as other SEO factors.

A few years ago, I migrated Geekflare from Joomla to WordPress and somehow missed checking for broken links until I found numerous 404 queries in Google Analytics.

This was expected as WordPress has changed the URL structure from Joomla, but I’m human, so I made a mistake by not checking. Checking for broken links is crucial if you’re migrating your website from one technology to another.

Ex: Joomla to WordPress, Magento to Joomla, etc.

So I’ve learned my lesson, and here’s how I found and fixed my broken links, which may help you too.

I’ve listed several ways to find broken links so you can chooseatever is easy for you.

Best broken link checkers in 2024

Screaming Frog SEO Spider

SEO Spider is a powerful offline tool that also helps you find a broken link. It’s not an online tool, so you need to download Screaming Frog SEO Spider and install it on your computer.

Once installed, follow this procedure to find broken links.

  • Open Screaming Frog SEO Spider
  • Enter the website URL and click Start. This may take a few minutes for a large website.
  • Once scanned, you’ll see all internal links with the HTTP response code. You’re interested in the 404 status code, so an easy way to find it is to sort the “Status Code” column.
  • As you can see, I found one 404, which I had to fix. But for the moment, I don’t know which article contains this link, so I’ll click on Inlinks at the bottom to find the source article (From the column).

Ahrefs

Tired of broken links?

Worry no more and try the Ahrefs broken link checker!

It helps you check all outgoing and incoming links in a matter of seconds. All you have to do is enter your website’s URL or domain and instantly check the number of broken links.

You can even filter and sort the list to prioritize the repair process before it impacts the site’s SEO. The tool also lets you view dead pages and relocate them to appropriate options to improve your ranking.

Schedule a broken link checks every month, week or even day to ensure regular links on the website. You can also compare different check results to track improvements and the effectiveness of this tool.

If you want to save time, you can outsource the tasks to a freelancer and share the CSVated report generator in seconds. A few freelancers on Fiverr can search for broken links for you and do some outreach.

Domsignal

Domsignal offers a broken link test so you can check for broken links on your website before they affect your SEO.

Create more links

Turn your competitors’ most linked broken pages into broken link building opportunities.

Create something similar to one of their dead pages, then ask those who link to that page to link to you instead.

To find out more, read our guide to creating broken links.

Export data in two clicks

Get any Ahrefs report in CSV format in seconds. Send the file to a colleague or freelancer to outsource critical SEO tasks.

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