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    How to Find Broken Links, Missing Titles, Image alt text with Xenu’s Link Sleuth tool


    Jonny from Jonnys Blog left a comment few days back on my Previous Post Broken Links Remover – A must WordPress Plugin. He mentioned a freeware tool that can check all the broken links of any website. I took a look at that freeware software. It is a great tool to use for all the webmasters.

    Xenu’s Link Sleuth is a freeware tool to check Broken Links of your website. It uses multi-threading to scan broken links. Hence, it is very fast compared to any other link checking software. Given the URL of the website, It can come up with all the broken links withe the details like title, type, size etc. It does all this pretty quickly.

    How to use Xenu’s Link Sleuth

    1. Download and install the program
    2. Run the program and enter the URL of the website which you want to check
    3. Now it will check for all links like normal links, images, backgrounds, style sheets, scripts and java applets.
    Find Broken Links of any website. Image Credit :  Xenu's Link Sleuth

    Find Broken Links of any website. Image Credit : Xenu’s Link Sleuth

    After this, It will display a continuously updated list of URLs which it has scanned so far. You can sort the list based on a certain criteria. Since, it also displays the size of each page / image, you could use this tool to check any fat pages and large images and try to optimize them to reduce the page size and the load time.

    It will also scan and list out all the In-bound links and Out-bound links so you know which of your pages are most linked and contain the most outgoing links. It also displays the Missing titles and Missing Alt Text for images. This way you can find out the problems and fix it to improve your SEO score.

    A full report can also be generated which can be used.

    I liked this tool very much because of it’s Mult-purpose usage. Its main purpose is to find Broken Links, But as you saw in above, It can be also used to find Missing Title and Missing Alt text and can be used to improve SEO score. It can be also used to find out any fat pages and large images.

    If you want to improve your SEO for your Blog or Site, then do read this:

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    I recommend each and every WebMasters / Blogger to use this tool and if you know any other tool. Do share it.

    Download Xenu’s Link Sleuth tool

    Download Xenu’s Link Sleuth

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    19 Comments

    1. Jonny says:

      Thanks for the mention Nihar! – Never thought to use this tool to look at page sizes…. nice thinking. 🙂

    2. Himanshu says:

      This is a good tool but I am wondering how does it check the broken links. Is it based on 404 response or the non existence of a domain ?

    3. Tech @ InkAPoint says:

      Thanks for this post nihar.

    4. Looks like a great tool, I’ll give it a try

    5. Lyndi says:

      I must give this a try. I can just imagine how many broken links there are on my blog.

    6. Very helpful tool. thanks for sharing it.

    7. Gagan says:

      useful for blogger blogs, but for WordPress we have useful plugin called Broken Link Checker :d

    8. Excellent tool buddy… I had somehow missed this post. Downloaded it and running my home URL. Fortunately no issues so far 🙂

    9. Ovi says:

      Aa ha ; This is really an useful post.I did not know about this. Just come to know it.
      .-= Ovi´s last blog ..Nottingham University : MBA Leadership Scholarship =-.

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