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Broken Links what are they Anyway?

Broken Links what are they Anyway?

A broken link is both a thing, and an event. So what do I mean by that?

Also known as Link-Rot. In simple terms what that means is a link no longer works.

What usually happens is that you’ll click on a link to an article or a website page and the computer will return a 404 Error message that says Page not found or server not found.

There can be different reason for this occurrence. It can be something as simple as the server you are trying to get to is down for maintenance, or some other reason.

There are many reasons why you can get this message; however, functionally what they mean is that you can’t get to that content.


Essentially what link-rot is, is when that webpage is no longer available and this can happen because the author of that page is no longer putting out content.

They may have moved on to different business are no longer paying to have their website hosted on a server somewhere.

Website hosting is a big business and anyone who is placing content on the World Wide Web needs to have it reside on a computer platform somewhere. For that ability they normally need to pay. This is unless they provide their own server and run it themselves. Many people do this and run their servers from home.

The Many reasons for broken links’

As you can see by now there really are many reasons for why you’re getting that 404 message.

Here’s a list of Microsoft returned 404 Messages:

Microsoft’s IIS 7.0, IIS 7.5, and IIS 8.0 servers define the following HTTP sub status codes to indicate a more specific cause of a 404 error:


404.0 – Not found.

404.1 – Site Not Found.

404.2 – ISAPI or CGI restriction.

404.3 – MIME type restriction.

404.4 – No handler configured.

404.5 – Denied by request filtering configuration.

404.6 – Verb denied.

404.7 – File extension denied.

404.8 – Hidden namespace.

404.9 – File attribute hidden.

404.10 – Request header too long.

404.11 – Request contains double escape sequence.

404.12 – Request contains high-bit characters.

404.13 – Content length too large.

404.14 – Request URL too long.

404.15 – Query string too long.

404.16 – DAV request sent to the static file handler.

404.17 – Dynamic content mapped to the static file handler via a wildcard MIME mapping.

404.18 – Query string sequence denied.

404.19 – Denied by filtering rule.

404.20 – Too Many URL Segments.

There are tools that can be used to track these messages to see if you will be able to still get the content.

Google has a tool: And it’s probably the best way to discover 404 errors is by using Google Search Console, Google Analytics or crawling software.

So I hope this helps you to better understand why you might be getting that dreaded 404 error message.

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The Profit Pal App Team,


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