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Make Any Dead URL Work Again | DeadURL.com
Have you ever gotten frustrated during a web search because you suddenly hit a dead end with a link that didn't work?

Never again!

DeadURL.com allows you to find exactly what you're looking for with any broken link -- even links to websites that have been removed forever!

Just type your dead url in the box below, and you can visit backup locations for your missing web page...

Enter A Dead URL:
http://www.example.com

How You Benefit - You Save Time

One click can take you from a broken link's error page to a working backup.

If you've ever gotten stuck at a broken link, you know how time-consuming it can be to try to find what you were looking for elsewhere. It's a pain when one site recommends another web page with a positive description of what you're supposed to find there, and you think "This is it!", what you're looking for is right around the corner, and then -- BAM! Dead end. That can be discouraging, and if you have no luck in continuing the search, all that effort goes wasted.

With DeadURL.com, there no longer needs to be a struggle to find old or lost information. In many cases, DeadURL.com gives you nearly instant access to a backup of a url that would previously have been considered useless. Dead ends are blasted through. This speeds up your web browsing, shortening the time it takes to find information. Your productivity reaches a new level.

DeadURL.com works with any http:// url, even download links. If a file can no longer be downloaded from a site, an archived version may still be out there...

How To Use DeadURL.com

Easy! Just type deadurl.com/ in front of a link that doesn't work, and hit Enter.

You'll be taken directly to a page featuring the latest backup links for that dead url. You can even add your own!

How This Is Possible

Any time a web page gets put online, there are usually a few copies that get made on other sites. Sometimes there are lots. These backups allow anyone to visit a page that used to be found at a currently broken url.

Two main sites that offer working backup copies for most web pages are Google, with their caching of web pages, and the Internet Archive. The Archive aims to keep copies of every web page not kept secret by its individual owner. That's most web pages, and that allows us to see and use old versions of any page, whether the current version works or not.

There are also mirror sites, which keep copies of individual pages and entire sites. There are lots of mirror sites out there built specifically to preserve certain sites and pages, and if you find a dead url for one of those places, a mirror site can provide the backup.

DeadURL.com gathers as many backup links as possible for each dead url, via Google cache, Archive.org, and user submissions. Every time a user previews a backup for a dead url, they influence that link's score. The best backup links get the highest scores, and you can set your preference to automatically forward you from http://deadurl.com/SOME-DEAD-LINK to a preview of the best backup for that dead url, or straight to the best backup itself.

Add A Link To Your Toolbar

Want a faster and easier way to handle your dead urls? Then this is for you. Just right click the link below, and add it to your favorites bar or your bookmark toolbar.

DeadURL!

This link uses javascript, and may prompt your browser to ask you if you're sure you want to add it.

When you hit a dead url in your address bar, just click your new DeadURL! link, and you'll immediately be taken to a page of backups for the dead url.

Ways To Use DeadURL.com

There are lots of reasons for a url to be considered dead:
  • The web site is down
  • The web page was moved
  • The url is a download link that doesn't work
  • The web page was updated, and is missing old content
  • The site or page is blocked
  • The domain name was misspelled
  • The url was entered incorrectly in some other way
  • The page is fake, pretending to be from a legitimate site
Any time you visit a page of backups at DeadURL.com, you can add your own helpful links to speed up future visits. If you reach a page where others have been, you may discover that someone has already added the perfect link to get you where you want to go.

Here's an example:

Johnny types the url for a restaurant into his browser, but accidentally leaves a typo before hitting Enter. No one ever developed that typo site, so his browser shows the standard "Cannot display the webpage" message. Deciding to investigate (the quick and easy way), Johnny clicks the DeadURL! link on his toolbar. He is taken to a page of backup links for the typo url. Suddenly spotting the typo, he types the correct address into DeadURL's "Add a URL" box on that page, and submits it. After previewing the correct url, Johnny is taken to his final destination.

Two hours later and miles away, Jenny types the same typo url, sees a "Cannot display" message, and types deadurl.com/ in front of the url. She is taken to the same backup links page Johnny visited, and immediately notices the correctly spelled url he added. She clicks it, and is on her way.

Your Preferences

Our goal is to find the single most useful backup for any given dead url. Some urls may end up having multiple relevant backups, and that's great. Each backup link is ranked by visitors on how helpful it is in providing access to a page from a dead url.

Normally, typing deadurl.com/ in front of a broken url (or clicking the DeadURL! toolbar link) will take you to a page listing all the backups for the dead url (Option A). But you also have two other options:

  • Option B - Skip the backups page, and immediately preview the best link.

  • Option C - Skip the backups and preview pages, and go straight to the top backup url.
With Options B and C, a top link's score and flag status can affect how your preference is carried out. A top link with a score of 0 will send you to a preview of that url (instead of forwarding to an unproven backup). A top link that has been flagged or given a negative score will send you to the backups page.

Your preference is executed on your first visit to http://deadurl.com/SOME-DEAD-LINK. Returning to that address before closing your browser will allow you to peruse the backup links for the dead url.

When you type deadurl.com/ in front of a broken link (or click the DeadURL! button), what would you prefer:

A) See The Backup Links (default)
B) Preview The Best Backup
C) Forward To The Best Backup

Cookies must be enabled in your browser for your preference setting to work.

What To Expect

If you type deadurl.com/ in front of a broken link in your address bar, or click the DeadURL! toolbar link, what happens next depends on your preference setting and the backup links for your current dead url. If a lot of people have already evaluated many of the backup links, and a clear winner has emerged, then the most expedient scenario should occur. If you have Option A, you'll see the list of backup links. Option B will take you to a preview of the best backup, and Option C will skip everything and forward you straight to the actual location of the best backup.

If you have discovered a new dead url, then you'll be the first to see the list of backups, or preview the primary one.

Brand New Dead URLs vs. Option C

Your being first means no one else has had a chance to influence the backup link scores, so there won't be a top link to forward to, making Option C default to preview mode. Option C is the fastest option, but in this scenario it can't send you forward, because its intended path has yet to be made clear.

Maximum performance with DeadURL Option C occurs with broken links evaluated by prior visitors. You benefit from their input. When no input exists, default mode kicks in, and getting your opinion of a backup link is a priority. Being first, you're in a position to make visits to that page easier for others, and yourself the next time.

First Visits Can Be Slower

The first time anyone visits http://deadurl.com/SOME-DEAD-LINK is when initial backup link scanning for that dead url takes place. Future visits are usually much faster. So if it seems like http://deadurl.com/SOME-DEAD-LINK is taking a while to react, you may just be experiencing the effects of being the first visitor to that url.

Link To Us

Please add a link to DeadURL.com on your web page! Or if you want, you can add the form to bring a dead url back to life:

Problems?

If you discover a glitch or something that doesn't work right, please email us about it at bug report at deadurl.com. Please be as thorough as possible in describing what you were doing and what went wrong, so that we can better handle the issue. This is a one-way email address, so please don't anticipate a reply. Your input is greatly appreciated!

Get In Touch

If you've discovered a problem with the site, please see the section above. For all other inquiries, email us at info at deadurl.com.

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