How to Check Your Website for Broken Links With Semonto

In this manual, we show you how you can check your website for broken links using our monitoring tool Semonto.

Screenshot of the broken link checker in Semonto

When you create, update or rename something on your website, you can accidentally break the link to that resource. This broken link will then cause an HTTP 404 error, which is very frustrating for your web visitor. It can harm your online reputation and your search engine ranking. Broken link monitoring can avoid these errors. You receive a notification whenever a broken link is detected. In this article, we walk you through the different steps.

Step 1: Create a monitor

  • First, you need to let Semonto know which URL you are going to check. This is called creating a monitor.
  • Go to the Semonto dashboard directly or via the login button on the homepage.
  • Select ‘Monitor’ and then ‘Create Monitor’.
  • Enter the URL you would like to monitor. Make sure that you do not forget to add the https:// at the beginning.
  • Click ‘Create Monitor’.

Step 2: Interpret the results

Once Semonto has finished scanning your website for broken links, you will receive an e-mail. In this mail, we will tell you how many broken links we found, and where you can find and repair them:

You will then get a list of all the broken links we found, as well as the location and the reason for the malfunction. You can access the broken links straight from the mail, or you can log into Semonto and consult the dashboard.

In the dashboard, you will see an overview of the identified broken links and the websites on which they were found. Click on the URL for which you want to see the broken links. A more detailed view will appear. This view will show you exactly which links are broken, whether they are related to an internal or external source and how impactful this broken link is for the performance of your website.

Internal versus external broken links

To fix external links, you need to reach out to the person managing the external website or delete the reference altogether. Internal links, however, are links that you can quickly fix yourself. It makes sense to get started with those. That is why we added a filter.

Critical versus non-critical broken links

Major
Major broken links get a red tag because they damage the user experience. Usually, the requested resource cannot be found, resulting in an HTTP 404 message.

Minor
Minor broken links get an orange tag. They are still noticeable for your visitor but less severe. For example, it could be an image that is not being displayed.

Notice
Some broken links are temporary (caused by a server glitch, for example) or out of your control (like a link to a non-existent font in a CSS-file). Some might not even be problematic: our broken link checker could get an 'access denied'-message, while you can access the resource because you have the necessary permissions or password. These types of broken links get a grey tag.

Step 3: How to fix broken links

If you are not the one responsible for fixing broken links on your website, you can download the results in Excel, CSV or JSON format and forward them to your developer, marketeer or web agency.

Not sure why the links are broken or how you can fix them? These are the most common causes:

  • 404 Not Found - A typo in the URL – Check your spelling
  • 404 Not Found - The resource has been deleted or moved – Check the location
  • 403 Forbidden - Access is denied – Check whether you are referring to a publicly available source.
  • Check our list of most frequent error messages if you need more information.

FAQ

Does Semonto check all the URLs on my website for broken links?

Yes, Semonto checks both the internal URLs (within your website) and the external URLS (to other websites). There is however a limit on the number of URLs that can be checked within your account. This limit is linked to your subscription. If you have exceeded the number of allowed URLs, a message will appear on your dashboard. You can then easily upgrade your account to a subscription that better fits your needs.

Can I download a report of all the broken links Semonto has found?

Yes, you can download the list of broken links as an Excel, CVS or JSON file to share the reporting with your team or to edit or save the data.

How often does Semonto check my website for broken links?

Semonto automatically performs the broken link check several times a week. Do you want do a quick retest to see if you have successfully fixed all broken links? Then simply click “Scan again” to perform a real-time check.

Let us know if you need any help!

Read more about broken links on our feature page. Do not hesitate to reach out if you need any help getting started. We are more than happy to assist you.