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Tracking Broken links from your Maestro dashboard

Broken links can impact the SEO ranking of your website and potentially drive away visitors from your site. You can now track and debug broken links on your sites from the Maestro dashboard.

Read on to understand how this works.



Getting Started

You will be able to track broken links on sites that you add to your Maestro dashboard and have access to each of them. This feature will be available for both sites hosted on Bluehost and sites hosted on other hosting providers.

To know how to get access to your site:

  1. Hosted on Bluehost - Click here
  2. Hosted on other hosting providers - Click here

Once you have access to sites added to your Maestro dashboard, you will be able to view broken links (if present) when you log in to your Maestro dashboard.
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Scanning for broken links

A scan of all links on your WordPress sites added (and have access) to your Maestro dashboard will be done when you login to your dashboard. The scan will be run once every day, on your first login of the day.

Once the scan is complete, you will be able to view the broken links (if any) in the Sites tab on your site cards.
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Note: When there are no broken links detected, you will not see any errors in the Site card in the Sites tab

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You can also manually scan for broken links on any of your sites from your Maestro dashboard. Read on to find out how.
 

Viewing and debugging broken links

Viewing the results of the broken links scan


If any broken links are detected in the scan, they can be viewed by:

  1. Clicking on broken links found on your site card in the Sites tab. This will open the results of the broken links detected.
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  2. Navigating to the Site Monitoring tab after clicking on the site card in the Sites menu.
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    You can click on View Scan Results in the Broken links card to view scan results.

 

Debugging broken links from your Maestro dashboard


Once you are on the View Scan Results Page, you will be able to see multiple data points that will help you in debugging and fixing broken links. 
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Categorization of broken links


All broken links detected are categorized into 3 categories - Pages, Media, and Scripts. Pages include all redirects (internal and external) within your WordPress site that are not working. Media includes all images, videos, and other links to media that are broken. Scripts include Javascript and other scripts that return an error.
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Data available for a broken link


For each broken link detected, the following data will be available:
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  1. Path of the broken link: This is the path in the WordPress site where the broken link was detected. Clicking on the path will take you to that page on the live website.
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  2. Status (Error code): This indicates the error code that was returned when trying to access the link. Maestro detects broken links with the following error codes: 301, 403, 404 and 500
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  3. Identifier: This is the identifier for the broken link on the live website. This could include the link text.
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  4. Resolve action: Clicking on “Resolve” will open the edit section inside the WordPress admin panel and navigate to the location where the broken link was detected on the website.
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    Note: If a broken link has an error code 500, you will also be able to login to the cPanel by clicking on Resolve.


Running a manual scan

You will be able to initiate a manual scan of your website to recheck for any broken links that might have been fixed. The manual scan can be run,

  1. From the Scan Results page by clicking on Scan again in the top section of the page
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  2. From the Site Monitoring tab by clicking on Scan again in the Broken links card
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    Once all the broken links are fixed, and a scan is run, you will see a message informing you that no broken links were detected in the scan.
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For further assistance, you may contact our Chat Support or Phone Support via 888-401-4678. You may also refer to our Knowledge Base articles to help answer common questions and guide you through various setup, configuration, and troubleshooting steps.