So, let’s get started, how do you approach this problem? Firstly, you need to examine and check your website for broken links. At Feedonomics we provide a deep link checking service. For more information regarding this service, Learn more here
Understanding the report
One you have a breakdown of the broken elements on your website it makes it easier to deal with each problem individually. There are a few classifications on the report which will help you focus on dealing with each error separately. Each element is classified differently with a status code.
For now, we are only going to deal with the 404 errors which are normally easy to fix and can help get your website healthy again.
Webpages that are no longer live, that are being referenced in your source code. Our report will indicate the name of the referenced link and where it can be found in the source code. Once you have that information you can look at the referenced URL, often its just the format, spelling or relativity based on website folder structure of the URL being referenced. Or the page has been removed completely. Let’s look at each scenario:
Format: ww.mickymouse.com (you will notice one of the w’s is missing, to fix this, you can add the w, however I suggest you reference the full website address http://www.mickymouse.com)
Spelling: http://www.mickymouce.com (mickey mouse is spelled wrong)
Folder based website: mice/mickymouse (if you have a folder named mice and the webpage mickeymouse was in that folder, make sure your web pages referencing format is correct)
Deleted page: in this case you would need to remove the link or change to an existing page
Please note – with missing images the same methodology as missing web pages apply.
For a list of other status codes please refer to this guide
Fun 404 pages