Broken Link Finder in Google SERP?

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Does anyone know of any extensions or software that shows the number of broken links a URL in a Google search result has?

I know there are extensions like Check My Links that will check the page once you click through to that result. But I think it would be helpful if you could see this info directly in the SERP for all the results.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Originally Posted by cody109 View Post

    Does anyone know of any extensions or software that shows the number of broken links a URL in a Google search result has?

    I know there are extensions like Check My Links that will check the page once you click through to that result. But I think it would be helpful if you could see this info directly in the SERP for all the results.


    You could use Xenu Link Sleuth to check If the URL is broken or domain is down.

    You'll still have to manually add the seed URLs to get started.

    The app is old but still works. You can change the depth of crawl and filter out some variables to help speed up the crawl rate. This can be a bandwidth hog so tweak the settings and don't run while watching Netflix, lol.
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    • Profile picture of the author cody109
      That tool doesn't quite accomplish what I'd like. I tried it out. If I enter in a list of URLs it mainly comes back with just a large list of all the links in all of the URLs (broken or not). Maybe there is something I'm missing (I did try messing with the settings a bit though).

      I'm mainly looking for an easier way for broken link prospecting. I thought having some tool that showed which results, in a SERP, had broken links, it would help speed up the process.
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      • Profile picture of the author yukon
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        Originally Posted by cody109 View Post

        That tool doesn't quite accomplish what I'd like. I tried it out. If I enter in a list of URLs it mainly comes back with just a large list of all the links in all of the URLs (broken or not). Maybe there is something I'm missing (I did try messing with the settings a bit though).


        All you had to do was click the column header and it would sort the links (no host, not found, etc...).
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    It sounds like you are looking for a pretty resource intensive tool, You want it to scan the search results for any given phrase and then check each site, one by one, looking for broken links.

    I've never heard of such a tool. Maybe you should hire a programmer to build it and then sell subscriptions to use the tool!
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    • Profile picture of the author cody109
      Definitely something to think about
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    BTW, scanning Google SERPs without proxies would be very slow because you would need to throttle the speed in order to avoid Google temporarily blocking your IP.
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    • Profile picture of the author cody109
      You mean if there were a tool like this?

      One way I find broken links is to a Google search of a related keyword and then visits those search results to analyze each page using an extension like Check My Links or LinkMiner.

      It's just really time-consuming doing it this way.
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      • Profile picture of the author yukon
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        Originally Posted by cody109 View Post

        You mean if there were a tool like this?

        One way I find broken links is to a Google search of a related keyword and then visits those search results to analyze each page using an extension like Check My Links or LinkMiner.

        It's just really time-consuming doing it this way.


        Why are you checking Google SERPs for broken links, what's the goal?
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        • Profile picture of the author paulgl
          Originally Posted by yukon View Post

          Why are you checking Google SERPs for broken links, what's the goal?
          The goal would be futile. I often wonder why people worry about this.

          If you have deleted a page that google still tries to find, shame on you if you did not do it right.

          People are prone to typos, you can never correct that.

          And unless you know the typo or error that was put in......well, you are chasing unicorns.

          Gleaning info from analytics may or not be helpful in this regard.

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  • Profile picture of the author cody109
    It's for link building purposes. I'm looking for related content/web pages that have broken links on it and that could possibly replace that broken link with my similar (and hopefully better) content.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      Originally Posted by cody109 View Post

      It's for link building purposes. I'm looking for related content/web pages that have broken links on it and that could possibly replace that broken link with my similar (and hopefully better) content.
      You mean you are going to contact people with your spam? Good luck with that!

      This is even more unicorn spotting.

      Not only do you not know the web page with the url, you don't know the url, and you don't know who the broken link belongs to.

      Man you people have waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay much time on your hands.

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