The process of migrating my personal blog from Blogger to a WordPress platform using OpenShift 2 to power it has been an amazing learning process. One of the biggest SEO issues facing any blogger is broken links. The greater the number of posts, the greater the chances.
I have found that broken links fall into a couple of categories for me:
- Site no longer exists.
- Site was upgraded with no effort to protect permlinks.
- Articles, images, etc have been removed over time (archived)
This requires a blogger to update his posts to make sure that they are relevant in the future. I found an online tool called Free Broken Link Checker1 that was instrumental in me updating this blog and my other Java Evangelist John Yeary2 to keep my visitors happy.
I am happy to say that as of today that I have no broken links. This does not mean that it won’t happen in the future for the reasons noted above, but it is a good start.