Do you check older posts for broken links?
I suspect not.
When you’ve written and published a blog post, received comments and feedback, it’s all over ‘red rover,’ for that blog post.
Its moment in the WordPress reader limelight has passed, and it’s such a shame that its cyber-life is all but over. Time moves on and over years, the links or embedded content in older WordPress posts may become broken as the url’s are inevitably modified.
Blogs and their posts do require maintenance and maintenance requires time and effort. How can we maintain older posts by ensuring no links or images have broken?
For me, with nearly 1300 published posts, it ‘s impossible to maintain each and every one of my old posts.
I need help.
Collaboration Between Bloggers
The answer is an ingenious concept from PeNdantry.com called Random Raiders. It’s a way of working together to help bloggers maintain old content and in the process read some interesting content that may not otherwise be readily visible.
Random Blog Post Raids
Here is how Random Blog Posts Raids works:
Indicate your interest in taking part and then PeNdantry or another participating blogger will use a, ‘?random’ post linking tool, to visit a post or page on your site.
This is an excellent tool we can all use which means if you add, ?random after a blog domain name it will take you to a random post on that WordPress site.
For my blog I would enter the following URL into the search bar: https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/?random
and for PeNdantry’s blog I would enter:
If the page reads OK, all is well. However, if there’s something wrong with the page (link rot, broken images or missing embedded videos, typos, out-of-date content, that kind of thing), the visiting blogger will leave a comment on that page, (or try to get in touch some other way) to advise of the error.PeNdantry (adapted)
If that blogger then chooses to return the favour and visit a ?random page on your blog and let you know they’ve visited, (by way of comment or message), that blogger in turn, can continue to collaborate by returning for another random raid on another older post!
Colin describes it as a reciprocal arrangement: much like, “I scratch your back and you’ll scratch mine.” I love this community concept – bloggers helping each other.
Look here for more clarification:
Visit the Random Raiders Crew Page to have your site added to the list of participants. It is growing.