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: Activate broken link monitoring

On the left side of your screen, select ‘Broken links’ in the menu.

You then get an overview of all the URLs that you are monitoring.

By default, broken link monitoring is not enabled, so you have to activate it. Just click on the item with the website to enter the settings.

In the Broken Links Setting, enable broken link monitoring:

If you go to the monitor overview, you will notice that the broken link icon shows ‘new’ instead of ‘n/a’. Semonto will now start scanning the domain for broken links. It may take a while the first time. No need to wait: you will receive the results by e-mail.

Step 3: 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 Semonto, go to the monitor overview and click on the link icon to get the results:

Step 4: How to fix broken links

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. Right now, you cannot request a quicker retest in between scheduled tests, but this is something that we are working on. We will inform you as soon as this is possible.

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.