The other day I found a mail from Google in my inbox. The people (?) at Google were complaining about a gazillion of broken links in my weblog entries and asked nicely if I were inclined to do something about this.
Of course, all those broken links didn’t come as a surprise since this weblog is now almost 16 years old and many websites I once linked to have simply disappeared or have changed their location on the web. Even internal links were buggered after I moved the blog from Radio Userland over to WordPress.
So, what to do? A WordPress plugin came in handy –
The Broken Link Checker.
It scanned my whole site, and after three days came back with … a lot of broken links. I now had the options of editing and relinking the broken URLs, link to the Waybackmachine or to simply trash the old posts.
In many cases I just made use of the “Trash” button. There were so many one-liner posts, only consisting of a link to long forgotten websites that it made no sense relinking to archive.org, which would only confuse matters even further; also, archive.org can be rather slow at times.
In quite a few cases I was able to either edit the URL or relink the content.
But still – it’s a dilemma. Is trashing old posts good or bad? I’m still not sure, but I’ll carry on regardless – mind you, the plugin is still scanning and still throws up bad links once a week.
Anyway, the Google Bots should be happy now. As should be the readers – there’s nothing more annoying than clicking on a link which ends up
in a grey nowhere zone.
So, no more 404s!
Ein schönes, neues Blog über Bücher und Comics – Svipp.
Hier bei Svipp schreiben wir als private Allesleser über Romane und Kinderbücher, über Graphic Novels und Geschichtswerke, über Fantasy, Komisches und anderes mehr.
With all this social media stuff like twitter, instagram and whatnot going on I almost forgot about about my flickr stream. Still a wonderful way to present photos. And mine comes with images like this one, which I think isn’t too bad:
Drüben auf dem tumblr gibt’s einen neuen Sunday Roast Podcast.
My illustration for Nebular #59.