Broken links cause lost leads.

Why?

  • User experience is hindered — frustrated customers usually don't come back if the landing page doesn't load.
  • Flow of link equity is hindered, negatively impacting SEO rankings.

How does this improvement work?

If you see this improvement, we weren't able to load one of the destination URLs in your account.

We'll show you the error we encountered and where this URL is being used in your account. If applicable, we'll also give you a measure of the spend going through the broken link.

To fix this problem, we recommend you fix the URL (if necessary, contact a server administrator). Otherwise, temporarily pause the ad group affected by the broken link. If the improvement flags a broken sitelink, remove or replace that sitelink. 

If you're confident the URL is working correctly, feel free to dismiss this task.

Technical notes:

  • Our link-checking technology isn't perfect. It's possible that a URL looks fine to our crawler, but doesn't load correctly for real users (for example, if the page content is garbled). This is fairly rare, but to keep in mind.
  • Similarly, it's possible that our crawler flags a page as broken when it actually works fine. This is usually because your web server is blocking our crawler. If you check the page manually and you're sure it works, dismiss the task. 
  • We only check your AdWords destination URLs, not your entire website.
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