Support » Plugin: Broken Link Checker » Chronic incorrect broken link warnings

  • Resolved steve1950


    I’m responding to Patrick F’s request that I open a new topic for my problem.

    I’m getting endless false broken link warnings from Broken Link Checker. I go through the exercise of checking each link, and it’s always fine. I think out of many dozens of BL warnings, I had only one that referenced an actual broken link.

    Not exactly sure what the problem is, though Patrick did mention to me that “…the plugin uses the server IP to ping the links, [and] sometimes the IP is blocked on the link destination causing the false positive.” Since I’m a relative newb, I’ve probably done something myself to cause the problem, but I’ve no idea how to correct it.

    Looking forward to finding a solution.


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  • Plugin Support Patrick – WPMU DEV Support


    Hi @steve1950

    I hope you are doing well.

    Thank you for opening the ticket.

    Can you please send an example of a link that it is returning as broken, and if possible a screenshot of the details for example:

    Best Regards
    Patrick Freitas

    Thread Starter steve1950


    Hey, Patrick.

    Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond to you. Just before the New Year, I had a system drive crash resulting from destruction of the NTFS file system (courtesy of some really bad advice from an app maker who figured it would be safe to install an Android emulator on a BitLocker-protected drive).

    It did not go well.

    However, a new drive is now in place and I’m back up and running. With respect to the broken links issue, I haven’t received further broken link warnings since our last exchange, but I know they’ll be coming. That’s been the pattern: a period with no warnings, followed by one with repeated warnings (all false positives) over a number of days.

    I did try an experiment. I installed another plugin that, among other things, identifies broken links. Right out of the box, it identified 112 broken links — again, all were false positives. So, whatever is going on relates to something I’ve obviously done incorrectly in configuring the site.

    I’ll get back to you with screen shots the next time Broken Links Checker starts with the warnings again.

    Thanks for your help.

    Kind regards (and Happy New Year!),


    Thread Starter steve1950


    Hello again, Patrick.

    I reactivated Broken Link Checker and immediately received a warning that the site had 124 broken links — again, false positives based on a random sampling I did.

    Most of the links are to Pixabay users’ work, and to generally — clearly, valid links. Here’s a sample link that is not to Pixabay:


    I tested the link before copying it here, and it works normally. I’ll now deactivate the plugin again temporarily so that site visitors don’t see a myriad of links with lines through them.

    I also have some screenshots for you, including one resembling the sample at the link you provided to me. What I don’t see here is a means of attaching the screenshots for you…

    If you send me either a link at which I can upload the screenshots or an email address to which I can send them as attachments, I’ll pass them along.

    Thanks, Patrick. I’ll look forward to hearing from you about all this.

    Kind regards,


    Plugin Support Dimitris – WPMU DEV Support


    Could you please send me an email to using this template:

    Subject: “Attn: Dimitris

    Message: link back to this thread for reference

    Keep in mind the subject line, as it ensures that it gets assigned to me.

    Thank you,

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