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, 2017 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. Nov 16, 2017 at 15:32
  • @StephenOstermiller Wow! That is news to me. Cheers!!
    – closetnoc
    Nov 16, 2017 at 16:14
  • @closetnoc Google has also confirmed that PDF links pass PageRank: seroundtable.com/google-pdf-links-pagerank-20573.html Nov 16, 2017 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, 2017 at 17:09


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