How to detect broken images on the website
What is a broken image
Search systems also do not approve of this kind of links. Having detected many broken graphics and links, robots will consider the resource abandoned and decrease its positions in the results.
How to detect broken images on your website
You may get a detailed report on broken links and graphics by using "Site Audit" option in Serpstat. Nonexistent link check can also be carried out by desktop programs: Xenu, Netpeak Spider. To get the required report, you need to simply type in website address in any of these services and click the button:
The searching process will take several minutes, and then you will be issued a total list of null links included in the resource. There will be a "not found" or "error 404" note opposite the links that do not function. In case the site includes only several pages, you can easily notice broken graphics by carrying out a manual inspection.
For WordPress sites, there is a special plugin for identifying null links and images - Broken Link Checker. Add it in the administration panel and detect all nonexistent links found on the website.
Main reasons why broken images appear
How to manage broken images
- correction of file names and formats;
- identifying the right path leading to the image;
- indicating relevant extension;
- restoring server access;
- carrying out backup to the previous site version.
The last variant can be used in case you have access to hosting provider settings. To backup the site to its previous state, you should address the support team. If the reason for image absence is due to the wrong path to the catalog, then you can reload the image folder onto the server using a file manager and indicate the right path.
Having noticed broken graphics on the website, check them out one by one in your browser. Mouse over the required image, right-click and select "Explore element".
This is how it is displayed in Google:
Image restoration is time-consuming as it requires defining the root reason of download failure and managing it. It can be a wrong path to the image location, server unavailability, site relocation, format, or extension irrelevance.
To upgrade project ranging, it is essential to regularly detect and correct all nonexistent links on the site, including images. Otherwise, search bots will consider the resource nonfunctioning and decrease its positions in search results.
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