I was searching the WordPress plugins for a plugin to help protect against virus links and I discovered one that checks your blog for broken links. It seemed like a good idea since this blog has been around a while and has a lot of blog comments. I had already noticed a few broken links and fixed them as I found them.

I installed and activated the Broken Link Checker plugin but I got sidetracked and didn’t notice in the Dashboard how many links were broken but today I got the email notification telling me I had 48 broken links. WOW!! That’s a LOT of broken links.

I’m glad I stumbled across Broken Link Checker plugin. A bunch of broken links on your web site or blog isn’t good for your search engine rankings. If you have a lot of broken links it looks like you aren’t keeping up with things on your blog. Search engines are programmed to take things like that into consideration when ranking web sites. They are looking for quality sites. The higher number of broken links lowers the quality of your site in their eyes.

I really appreciate that this plugin sends an email when my site has broken links. It is set to check every 72 hours but you can change that.

Most of the broken links were in comments that were made on posts. Sad to say, many people don’t take their business seriously enough to stick with it and they let their domains go. This is far too common in our industry. This is also why I am glad to have found this plugin. I thought you would appreciate knowing about it if you haven’t been using it already. 😉

Click here to download Broken Link Checker or search in your WordPress Plugins Dashboard.

Social Media TribesHave you heard of Social Media Tribes? Social Media Tribes is a way to get more exposure to your blog posts. You help other people get more exposure to their blogs by commenting and sharing their posts and they do the same for you. It’s a community of sharing and helping each other.

I just recently started using Tribes and I must admit, I find it a bit confusing. Well, thanks to Beth Hewitt, I am better understanding how it all works.

If you are a little confused as I was, read their helpful tutorials on Social Media Tribes at the link below:

Here are 5 Social Media Tribes for free content syndication:

Blogging is an inexpensive easy way to get your information out to people. If you have a replicated web site with your network marketing company, blogging is even more important. You can link to your replicated site in your blog.

There are several free blog tools available. One is www.blogger.com With Blogger, you easily set up and be blogging in no time.

Blog about things you are experiencing with your company and products, things you learn that could help your team build their business and company news, news articles that apply to your business or product.

Blogs that offer information that people can use and benefit from will be most successful. Offer help that people will be able to use.

Be consistent and regular about posting things to your blog. One benefit of blogging is building rapport and credibility. As people get to know you, they will want to get involved in whatever company you are with.

Subscribe to things your upline publish so you can get ideas of things to post in your own blogs. Get permission to repost things they have published. When you quote someone, be sure to give them credit or link to them.

Read the article, 101 reasons for your small business to have a blog, by Brian Brown: