Some of you will know that I re-jigged this website back in July and that that has turned out to be a bad, bad thing. Visitation and earnings from the site are now way down on what they should be, and that means less exposure for the Saab enthusiast community and less revenue for me to invest back into doing interesting things for you to read about.
One of the reasons for the collapse is that the change in content management systems led to a whole bunch of broken links. I’ve managed to track down and fix many of them thanks to Google Webmaster tools, but there’s still more out there.
What I’m looking to do now is find and fix internal links within the website’s own pages. This will also find broken URL’s that Google hasn’t picked up yet.
How can you help?
If you’ve got a spare hour or so, then pick a month from the Archives and go through it. What you’ll need to do is scan each post during that month for internal links and check those links. You should be able to check the link just by hovering your mouse on the link. If it shows the link as leading to a trollhattansaab.net address, then it’s an internal link.
Right-click and open the link in a new window and that will tell you if the link’s leading to a live page or a 404 (inactive) page.
If you could note the URL’s that led to 404s in a document and then send it to me, it’ll give me a list of links to restructure.
To give you an idea of the workload, I did January 2006 in about 30 minutes this afternoon and found around 10 links that need to be fixed. I’ll set aside all of 2007 and do that myself, but if you’d like to help out then it’d be really appreciated.
Just leave the month you’re looking at in comments so that people know that month is taken, and then once you’ve compiled your list, send it to me with the month noted in a text document (firstname.lastname@example.org).
No obligations for anyone, but all help would be really appreciated as doing this all by myself is a pretty time consuming affair. hopefully fixing these internal links (which may also be referred to externally) will help to restore the site to its former glory.
PLEASE NOTE – I’ll do all of 2007 and have already done January 2006.