Keep Track Of Dead Video Embeds using The Broken Link Checker Plugin

YouTube message -  video is no longer availableI use the WordPress plugin “Broken Link Checker” to stay on top of broken links. Broken links on our blogs are bad for SEO and the Broken Link Checker plugin makes it a simple matter to keep up with those 404s.

So, have you ever gone back to an old post where you had a YouTube video embedded just to realize the video was no longer available? I have and it always leaves me wondering how long that post has been showing a dead video. It turns out the Broken Link Checker for WordPress plugin can check those videos as well.

How To – Simple Step By Step Instructions

  1. Once installed and activated, go to “Link Checker” under your settings tab.
  2. Then click the “Which Links To Check” tab.
  3. Check the two YouTube video boxes (Embedded YouTube videos & Embedded YouTube videos – old embed code).
  4. Then click Save and you’re all set.

Broken Link Checker Options

Now you should be notified whenever a video was pulled from YouTube or the permissions changed making it no longer available for embeds, as well as those broken links.

What Do You Do?

Are you using a broken link plugin or service? Which one? Do you think broken links are still important for SEO? HEY, what would you like to see in a Quick Blogging Tip Thursday? Any questions you’d like to see addressed next week?

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20 Comments (click here to leave a comment)

  1. I think broken links are still important for SEO but also for the user experience, I hate when I’m looking for something and I think I found it only to find a broken link that had the content I was looking for.
    Great share I will test this plugin and look for broken links on my blogs…


  2. Twitter: Ileane
    Hi Brian, thanks for the tip! I really need to pay more attention to broken links on my blog. I removed the Broken Link checker plugin over a year ago because it stopped working on my blog. Now that I’m on a dedicated server I need to give it a try again.

    90% of the videos I embed are my own, but I bet there are some old ones there that need to be removed.
    Ileane recently posted..Why You Should Start a Second Blog on BloggerMy Profile


    • Twitter: HotBlogTips
      I had a couple of people say it did’t work for them Ileane and it’s worked perfectly for me. I’ve been using a dedicated server for years and it didn’t even dawn on me that could be helping. I’d be interested in knowing if it worked for you now that you have a dedicated server. Very interesting. :)

  3. Interesting, I’ve been looking for a link checker just last week and viola your blog pops out thanks for sharing this, I’ll definitely be able to use this kind of information.


  4. Twitter: thrifty_niftyUK
    Hi, I didn’t even think to get a plugin to detect broken links even though it has been something which I have been concerned about. I was going to check each link myself so thank you for this as it has saved me a lot of time as I have now installed this plugin and all is fine.

    Regards.

    Gemma
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