Friday’s SEO Site of the Week

This week, we’ll profile one of SEO’s hidden gems. This isn’t a site as much as it’s a program. A free program. Free as in Free Beer program. That happens to be one of the most useful little free programs ever.

Xenu’s Link Sleuth.

You wouldn’t know it from looking at the project page linked to above. Wow. This page looks like it was made in Mrs. Marcola’s Second Grade HTML Fun Day class. Might have been. But if you snicker and bail the minute you see this page, you’ll miss out. Because what Link Sleuth is, is nothing less than your own personal pet spider.

Interested yet? Maybe it will help if I list a few things a personal pet spider might be good for….

Xenu’s Link Sleuth will

  • check your entire site for broken pages
  • check your entire site for broken links
  • show you exactly how a search spider treats your navigation
  • points out duplicated content
  • points out duplicated page titles
  • looks for local “orphan” files
  • check a nearly unlimited number of links
  • do all of this very, very fast.

Now, to be fair, this is an old, old free program that has not been updated in a long, long time. There may well be better free spiders out there, I haven’t looked for a while. And there are probably much better link checkers available, if you want to spend money on them.

I’m personally very fond of “free.”

I’ll give it several beers.

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