“Your link doesn’t work,” she texted, “It happens to me all the time.”
While I sure it didn’t happen to her all the time, it did seem to happen to her a lot. When this particular friend stops by my blog (which isn’t often), she seems to be drawn to all of my non-working links.
As soon as I got to a computer, I sat down and tested all of my links, and I’ll be darned if she wasn’t right. I hate when that happens. I had a link that didn’t work. And just for kicks, I clicked through the other links to make sure they didn’t 404 me.
I’m not sure if the link ever worked or if the url changed or if I entered it wrong or if it was a combination of all of those. I just know that it didn’t work. And while it was sorta irksome that this particular friend always–and I mean always–found the unlinked link, I worried about those readers who clicked it, went no where and then Xed right out of my blog for good.
So I now make sure that I check all visible links once a week. It’s a little bit time consuming, but I’d rather *I* get the 404 than my friend text me that she’d been 404’d … again.
Heather Davis is administrator of Oklahoma Women Blogger and is known in the tri-state area as Doofenschmirtz. No. That’s not right–she’s known as Minivan Momma. Her first book, TMI Mom: Oversharing My Life, a collection of humorous essays will be released April 1.