This problem has happened here before and for other people too. It is annoying because unless you check that the videos play or not you can trust the HubPages alert and delete perfectly workable videos as I have done in the past until I realised that the alerts are not always right!
I'm having this problem too, but a while ago someone made a helpful forum post about a quick way to get rid of “broken” links that aren’t really broken. I can’t remember who it was, but their advice was very useful, because I didn’t know how to do this myself! If you go to “My Account”, then to “Broken Links”, the problem links will be listed. Then if you click the “retest” box beside a link a message comes up that says the link is good and the problem is solved. If the message says that the link is bad then you know that you have to edit the hub. Even if you have a lot of broken links that aren’t really broken, it’s quick to click the retest button on each one.
Thank you so much AliciaC! This solved my problem completely. I had tried everything from removing the links and inserting new video modules but nothing seemed to work. The retesting part worked like a charm.
Thanks for this info--I'll go try it now. I just wrote to TEAM..a second e-mail in as many days about the same issue...on two different hubs.
In both instances, the supposed 'problem' was with video clips, which, when clicked, loaded and played just fine, thank you very much! And no, there was no inordinate delay in loading/playing--it was nearly instantaneous--within 2 or 3 seconds. Have people become that damned impatient???
Regardless of the fact that the fix may turn out to be simple, that's not the point!
The point is, why should we have to deal with this? Shouldn't HP be finding and fixing the glitch that is causing bogus broken link warnings????!!!!
P.S. I just went to do that test/reset, and it did fix the issue, but the links were not "broken," but the message at the 'broken links' menu said, in each case, "forbidden." WTH???!!! They reset fine, so obviously I did not select 'bad' or 'forbidden' videos in the first place... This is a very annoying glitch that needs fixing NOW. If they had been 'forbidden,' that should have come up right away upon trying to insert the link in the capsule.
As I have pointed out it is also finding bad links that are not even there because the hubs they referred to have been deleted! I too find this very time wasting! I had one today about a tropical fish and had included four videos, all of which HubPages reckoned were not working, and all of which played just fine!
Same problem here. Any of my hubs which have videos included are showing up that the links are not working, even though there is nothing wrong with them.
TBH Bard,I wouldn't worry about it too much for now. Public readers can still view the videos and they cannot tell that there are issues when you are 'logged in' to Hubpages so from a readers perspective all of our hubs should still be working properly regardless.
Also, Google's crawlers do not log in to HP when indexing your pages so it shouldn't make any different to SEO or anything like that either.
Me too, all. I had to "repair" broken links today. A few were because of unpublished "sleepers." If they were in the links to some of these hubs, they'd be broken. You are right, Bard of Ely, the videos were working. I think the problem is the site could not connect to them.
My guess is that because this site supports many Hubbers, it will have many servers and computer server hubs...perhaps the one they use that connects to video links in our hubs could not register them somehow. If that is the case, hope it's fixed now.
I hope this isn't taken as a violation of the "Do not start threads for the sole purpose of promotion or posting links." but this hub is flagged as having two broken links, but they are alive and well:
Just thought I'd mention how I got the "broken links" to go away. As I mentioned, the URLs were good and, when I looked at the hub it was fine, but despite resetting them in the Video widget, they were still reported as broken (I had two "broken" links).
I added two brand new Video widgets, filled them out like the others and deleted the original Video widgets. Problem solved.
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