Over 50% of cited links in Supreme Court opinions no longer point to the intended page and one in five articles suffers from reference rot. Citing previous research in the peer-reviewed literature using persistent links such as digital object identifiers (DOIs) is usually an effective way of pointing to a source. But if your scholarship depends on citing or footnoting web sites, or anything without a persistent link, there is a good chance these links will not work, or the content will have disappeared or changed, 5 or 10 or 20 years from now.
Scholarship depends on a solid foundation of evidence, one that won't erode as time passes. Ensure that your future readers can see the same evidence you see.