End Dead Links on the Internet with Svonk

October 20, 2009 at 6:10 am Leave a comment

A persistent problem on the Internet these days is website links that no longer work. Studies have shown that 1 in 200 links disappear every week from the Web and 50% are gone after 10 years. Major websites like Wikipedia report that 10% of their external links are broken in some way.

            Svonk.com is a new kind of service that prevents dead links and “link rot” by acting as an intermediate storage for links. By typing svonk.com/ in front of a link, it is archived at Svonk.com and will always be available in its original form, even though the original link has changed or does not exist anymore. Also, Svonk includes a URL Shortener Service, svk.bz, that has the added advantage of archiving the shortened links.

            Svonk is useful for everyone who publishes on the Web, and the service ensures that external links will always be available as intended by the publisher. Svonk archives any kind of Web resource, including Web pages, images, videos and sounds. Users can browse the svonk.com archive and use the built-in time machine to see archived links change over time. Developers can access most svonk.com features by using the Svonk RESTful API.

            “Svonk is the first service of its kind – we call it a Stable Link Service. No other Web service allows for archiving of links on demand in such an easy manner,” said Svonk.com founder Inge Henriksen. “We hope that website owners will find Svonk’s archiving services invaluable as a permanent backup when changing content management systems. By using Svonk they can ensure that their old links are still available after their CMS upgrade or migration.”

            Most Svonk features are free to use; only advertisement removal and the archiving of entire websites are paid services. Otherwise, Svonk uses Web advertising as its revenue source. Svonk is currently in an open beta stage to fine-tune Svonk to the needs of its users in terms of usability and scalability.



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