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Simple Linking Maintenance for WordPress Sites


  1. David Lawlor says:

    Word of warning on the broken link plugin, I ran it fine on some of my smaller blogs, but on a large one it made it very unresponsive on a very beefy server, it came back in a few minutes after it ran its check, but it is something to be wary of. If you have a lot of posts you might want to install it off hours.

  2. Rae Hoffman-Dolan says:

    Ah yes Dave, should have mentioned that I don’t “leave it on” – I only activate the plugin when I’m prepared to look at the results, clean it up and deactivate it. It can definitely be a server suck. :)

  3. Patty Gale says:

    A great reminder, Rae. I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time. I guess I better get to it.

  4. Graywolf says:

    You can change the settings to control resource use.

    Also you can change the date format in thesis so blog comments don’t have a google readable date format

    ~wordpress whore

  5. Simon Lissa says:

    Great post Rae.
    My lazyness due to rediect plugins and affiliate link managment has build up into somehting that has become to daunting a task to manage now.

    This will definitly keep me occupid over the weekend.

  6. Ron Lavine says:

    Thanks for your site, Rae. I’ve been working on my blog for nearly 9 months now and from time to time I start to think I know something about what I’m doing (and I sure know a hell of a lot more than when I started) but then I encounter a source of new information to remind me that this process is far more complicated.

    That’s what I’ve gotten from your site – an initial dose of depression followed by a re-commitment to improving my blog and learning more about SEO and all other aspects of internet connectivity.


  7. Thanks for introducing me to this plugin.

    I did not know that there was such a thing.

    Up until now I would just comb through my posts from time to time – or come across broken links accidentally.

    Looks like I have a little work to do!

  8. Thanks for the great piece of Info. This plugin looks better than the crawl errors section of Google webmasters!


  9. Alex Aguilar says:

    I use the Broken Link Checker plugin on my own site and it has been a lifesaver. As my blog gets bigger and more complex, managing it becomes a full time job – I rely on plugins like Broken Link Checker and other similar tools to maintain the site. I sometimes think if it weren’t for the plugin system for lazy site-owners like me WordPress won’t be one-tenth as popular as it is now.

  10. Diane Vigil says:

    Thanks for this tip; I hadn’t heard of it. Gonna go try it — since some of my blogs have been up for years.

  11. Andy Nathan says:

    Thanks for the great tip! Just activated the plugin on my site. Did not find any broken links, but a good tool to use from time to time.

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