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2001 has brought a rash of site closures which take up the editors time. So if you wonder why your site takes more time to be listed [it sits in unreviewed] consider that when theglobe folds at 9:00AM EST today it will leave almost 600 listings in ODP and who knows how many in other directories.
To handle this for my site I have written a mickey mouse link checker that checks all the links in my database.
Does anyone know of a good (& free) link checker that will spider your site and check all your external links ?
So ODP editors also have to try to track down broken links? It is a lot of job for me, but I succeed roughly 60% of the time.
Speaking of ODP there is a good selection of link checkers for many platforms here.
>>Many editors do not simply delete these.
Good point Mike. Just to change tack slightly, one of the main reasons I like google so much is the cache which prevents exactly this type of problem.