Broken link meaning in English

Broken link

What is a broken link?

A broken link is a link found on a webpage or elsewhere on a website or app that is either malformed or pointing to a URL that is not working correctly.

If a user or search engine bot were to click/visit the link to visit the destination it would lead to a 404 page, timeout, or other type of error page in the browser.

What causes a broken link?

Some of the typical causes of broken links include:

  • A resource being deleted
  • A resource changing URL
  • A resource being moved to another location
  • Redirects not being set up or executing incorrectly
  • A website being offline or in maintenance
  • Typo in the URL
  • Domain expiry


Synonyms for 'broken link' include:

  • Dead link
  • Broken hyperlink
  • 404 link

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