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    Thumbs up Best practice in catching dead links

    Hello guys!

    Whats your best practice in maintaining a website free of dead links?

    Do you of any tool, say if i have a excel sheet full of urls, and i want to find the dead links among those?

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    Xenu Link Sleuth works pretty good, but the best method is going through each page manually.

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    I think google webmaster tools has something for this in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvduval View Post
    Xenu Link Sleuth works pretty good, but the best method is going through each page manually.
    Definitely the best two alternatives - although the manual option isn't really practical once you have thousands of pages and you do need to manually check all of what Xenu reports as broken since some of them may have just been connection issues or sites temporarily down.

    Probably best to run Xenu twice a few days apart and only treat links as dead if they appear on both reports and your manual check doesn't work. That way you will not be deleting links that are just temporarily dead.
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    You can code a custom 404 handler that emails the url to you or stores it somewhere.

    The email is better, because after the novelty wears off, most people start forgetting to check for additions.

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    You configure A1 Website Analyzer to check external links in addition to internal links.
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    Not sure if this is he question is what you were asking but Google Webmaster Tools as a previous poster states checks your site every time it crawls to see if there are any dead links.

    If you do tend to have dead links then it does help to have a custom 404 page that allows the person who ends up in the dead link to get back to your page. Google again can provide some custom search code to help you out with this and it is worth implementing as part of good website design

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    Quote Originally Posted by plumsauce View Post
    You can code a custom 404 handler that emails the url to you or stores it somewhere.

    The email is better, because after the novelty wears off, most people start forgetting to check for additions.
    Great idea! Thanks


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