We just made a small update to the site. The biggest change is the addition of the broken link report. It will show you broken links in your text and link capsules.
We'll be trying to test all links about once a week, and re-test broken links every 24 hours or so. A link could be broken when we test it but then back up and working later, so you shouldn't rely only on our testing; consider it advisory, and be sure to retest the link yourself.
As usual, let us know if you see anything unusual (with the link report, or elsewhere).
Hi Paul. Please forgive me, all of this is very new to me. What is a broken link and is this a problem I have on my hub page? How do I find it and how do I fix it. I started writing about three years ago and a friend told me about hub pages and suggested I post some of my work. That's about where I am now. Do I understand the rest of this? No! Am I a quick study? Again I'm sorry, Any help I can get will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Custodian Joe, Go to your account page and on the right hand side scroll down to "Broken Links" and click on. It will bring you to the Broken Links Report. If it says "no bad links found at this time" you have nothing to worry about. If you do have a broken link that will show up on this report and you would click on and fix the link or replace it with another which was the case for me since the original link was no longer active. Hope this helps.
Thank you, HubPages, for another great feature. I had three broken links that I've now fixed. Personally, I hate to disappoint people who come to my hubs only to find something amiss. I know it bothers me when a link doesn't work, so I'm pleased to be assured that mine are in proper working order. I worry about my videos working, but it is very time consuming to check through hubs to find out whether the they work or not. It'll be another great step forward for HubPages when broken video links are reported. Thanks, again.
I have a broken link and fixed it three times and here it is again and it still hasn't saved the new site: The Importance Of Spaying and Neutering Your Animal Companion http://www.alleycat.org/index.html Error: 404 Not Found checked 5 hours ago
I had two broken links and the first one saved and changed the link successfully. Just this second one didn't save or change the link. Should I delete the link and re-enter it with the new link?
Thank you Larry. Now there seems to be a change. It says "A potentially broken link has been detected in this hub. It is highlighted in yellow below. You can correct the link by editing the containing capsule." But there is no highlighted link anywhere!
I sent in a bug report about getting reports of broken links that then don't show on the actual hub when you go look too and Maddie got back to me, but the situation keeps happening. Out of a little over 100 hubs, I see it two to three times a day, most often a different hub each time. What I keep seeing is this weird "it's broken but then not there" syndrome seems to be related specifically to RSS capsules. And not only that, the link that's often reported as broken can then not be found on the hub when you go look for it, the RSS feed will actually be showing other links.
And if I hit edit and then just save the hub without actually doing anything, if I go re-run the broken link report, nothing's there. It's like the hubs are crying wolf for no actual reason.
That helps Relache, I think we know what is going on. At present we only update the list of links on an article when it is edited, and periodically there after (but not often enough to keep up to date with quickly changing RSS feeds). We're working on a solution, but it may be a little while. Essentially, we need to recognize each time an RSS feed updates and recalculate the links for "bad links" purposes ...
It's been a while since you introduced the broken links report. And I just want to tell you how pleased I am with it. You've reported three broken links on my Hubs over the last few months, I've corrected each of them, and I'm very happy that I don't have to scout out my own Hubs one by one to test the links. This is a great feature. Bravo to you all!