So I know that Google frowns upon broken links on web pages.

But how does Google feel about broken links inside PDFs on my website?

What I'm trying to figure out is if my site's ranking will be penalised if Google spiders my PDFs and finds broken links inside them.


  • Pagerank in regard to search does not take into account PDFs. Why? Because they did not originally exist when Pagerank was conceived. Pagerank rank pages as in HTML pages. Not resources. So no. No worries. – closetnoc Nov 16 '17 at 4:37
  • @closetnoc Links in PDFs do pass PageRank. I recall a scandal where somebody was distributing a discount catalog in PDF format to educational institutions. Many of the edus would put it on their website so their staff could download it and order from it. The PDF was stuffed with anchor rich links that caused the products to rank #1 until Google penalized them. – Stephen Ostermiller Nov 16 '17 at 15:32
  • @StephenOstermiller Wow! That is news to me. Cheers!! – closetnoc Nov 16 '17 at 16:14
  • @closetnoc Google has also confirmed that PDF links pass PageRank: seroundtable.com/google-pdf-links-pagerank-20573.html – Stephen Ostermiller Nov 16 '17 at 16:51
  • @StephenOstermiller Humbled. Something I missed. I left my comment so yours make sense. If you want, you can remove them all. Cheers!! – closetnoc Nov 16 '17 at 17:09

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