How to Find old URLs?
With each day the total among of new websites are appearing on the Internet but along with them Web offers users to find old URLs and familiarize with their content. In order not to lose access to old URLs after a failed site migration Micael King, Director of Inbound Marketing at iAcquire, has offered 8 ways of URLs identification.
With the help of one of the tactics users may find old URLs with the help of Wayback Machine. It works in a very easy manner, all what is needed it to put the site URL and domain in the system and Wayback will show what has been found according to that data. As soon as the result is given users may simply carry out URLs on the site using Scraper. Basically another way is to pull failed URLs out is to use Find and Replace tool which will help to economize time.
One of the most frequent mistakes made by users is the rare update of XML sitemaps. For those ones who are not using it at all the following scheme will help a lot. The first step is actually to download XML sitemap and open it in Excel document. From this moment the whole access to tables will be available. All what is necessary to be done is to take information from the first column and with the help of Screaming Frog add information on the text file. Soon after that system will depict whether pointed URLs can be found. Users may take any URL which has a 404 marker which means that those URLs may be redirected.
But for the tools already mentioned users may also choose Open Site Explorer, Majestic, Ahrefs, Webmaster Tools which will help to identify whether the URL is unique and will help to find the old failed ones. With the help of Google Webmaster Tools it has become easier to check 404s and redirect them into the new URLs. With the help of historic analytics users may find URLs which are still available. With the help of Screaming Frog tool one may verify whether URL belongs to 404 or 200 marker. 200s are the safest ones and can be easily taken for the new URL design.
One more tool is CMS Change Log which helps to apply changes in WordPress. It will find old URLs and help to remap them without any difficulty.
The social media URLs’ identification is also quite important. Facebook recommendations tool is the one which will help users on identification of old URLs. Social media a priori supposes shared data and content, so in order to find all shared data Facebook demo for widget will help to search among shared URLs. It helps to verify the most popular URLs, which users will be able to further remap.
Topsy tool is very similar to the previous one in its functionality. It is most applied to Twitter, if people have already shared some URLs tools will help to identify them.
Of course, the given list of the tools which help to find old URLs is not complete. Now developers are offering a wide range of other applications which are helping to make personal URLs unique.