[thelist] Checking Link Relevance

VanSchoick, Jonathan Jonathan.VanSchoick at ibx.com
Fri Mar 21 14:37:09 CST 2003

Handling 404 errors is one thing. The easiest way would be to periodically
run a link checking program (I like linklint [www.linklint.org]) and then
just check the error results.

Relevency though...ah, that's a problem. It requires more then an automated
process. First, I'm sure you have a published policy that essentially says
you're not responsible for other site's content. Second, you'd need to have
a human being periodically check those links or you might want to go the way
of expiration. It's interesting problem that I don't think is easily solved.


-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Haenel [mailto:mail at webmarketingworx.com]
We're talking about a lot of links. Our news director first suggested
expiring links so they disappear after a time, but as a site manager I don't
think that this is the best solution. One of the primary principles that the
resource of the web is founded on is of course, linking.

Anyone on thelist had to deal with this one before? If so, how do you handle
old links, both for validity and relevancy?


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