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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Google Webmaster Tools Now Reveals the Source of Broken Links

Posted by @ 1:40 am

Broken links are the curse of website owners. Not only do they create a poor experience for site visitors, but they also cause issues for search engine spiders.

Google’s Webmaster Tools has made it easier for site owners to monitor broken links on their sites through the Crawl Errors section. However, finding the source of the broken link/s has always been a challenge.

Well the team at Google have been listening to the requests of website owners and enhanced the “crawl errors” section. The broken links listed now include the source/s of the broken links.

From Google’s release post:

“We know it was difficult for those of you who wanted to identify the cause of a particular “Not found” error, in order to prevent it in the future or even to request a correction, without knowing the source URL. Now, Crawl error sources makes the process of tracking down the causes of “Not found” errors a piece of cake.”

Managing your site links just got significantly easier. And what’s better – the link sources are not restricted to internal broken links.

Yes, the new “crawl errors” section provides details of external links that are pointing to error/”not found” pages. As links are vital to your SEO efforts, you can’t afford to have any pointing to pages that don’t exist.

If you want to find out more about potential broken links within your site or that point to your website, head over the Google Webmaster Tools.

Rene LeMerle Rene is the marketing manager of - a global search engine marketing company. He also leads the marketing for - a web 2.0 style community for online and digital marketers. Rene has been in the industry since 1997 with much of that time spent helping businesses embrace the best of the internet and digital world.

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