This issue notifications mean that a URL contains at least one external anchor link with an empty href attribute.
What Does “Link With An Empty Href Attribute” Mean?
The href attribute is an attribute of the anchor tag used to identify sections in a document. Href contains two components (and hashtag):
- A URL, which represents the actual link,
- interactive text that appears on the page (anchor text).
An empty attribute, or attribute containing only spaces, is a mistake if we optimize the site for search engines.
What triggers this issue?
This issue notification happens for any internal indexed URL containing at least one external link with no href attribute or only spaces.
This attribute must contain a value. Otherwise, an issue report will appear. The cause of the issue could be a technical glitch or human inattention.
How to check the issue?
You can use SEO site analysis tools to see if your site has anchor links with an empty href attribute. Wait for the scan to finish, and you’ll see all the highlighted links with a blank href in the report.
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Why is this important?
Although it is not a critical issue for further promotion in search engines, it is better to find a solution and fix it before causing other problems. This issue likely happened due to human inattention when the link had to be added by a web admin, but he forgot to do that.
Another reason for this issue is a problem in the source code, which added extra valid tags in places where they should not be.
You need to evaluate each instance of an empty href attribute separately. It will give you a chance to avoid the error in the future and fix it on a basic level without much effort with a special plugin or alternate template.
How to fix the issue?
Start SEO analysis in one of the tools and trace all the pages with the missing href attributes in the report. Reload analysis if there are not these issues. Gather all the pages from the report and fix each of the links manually.
Depending on the specific case, you can change multiple pages at once if the problematic link is used in the HTML template for numerous pages in your resource.
It is not a high-priority potential weakness to fix on your website. However, crawlers do flag it so that you pay attention to such pages. If possible, it is better to avoid empty attributes because it can affect the ranking of your resource in search engines.