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Flagged For Broken Links That Are Working

  1. Jean Bakula profile image96
    Jean Bakulaposted 5 years ago

    I have a Hub, "How To Be Your Own Astrologer." I have two links at the bottom, and checked them, they are both working, although the hub is flagged. I did not even use a computer generated horoscope to explain how to prepare one, I used a picture of my own hand written and researched chart. The explanation of how a layman could do this took me hours to write, as to learn as a beginning Astrologer it was necessary to attend two semesters of classes. I am beginning to feel that I am being singled out. Once again, two links was in the limit. Are you flagging people that have one paragraph written and have 20 links and 30 Amazon products? I have written quality hubs of my own content, and if I keep getting harassed for what I see as no reason, will move them all somewhere else. I also got flagged for putting one link at the top left next to a picture on 3 out of my 50 hubs, and then was told I had to remove then. Then the administration backpedaled, and said I could have put them to the right of the picture. What difference does it make if the link is on the left or right of the picture? The hubs lose their meaning if the reader cannot get the info to look for their correct Astrology sign, to use to further explore what's in the hub. I am frustrated and getting angry.

    1. lrohner profile image84
      lrohnerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Broken links are automatically detected by HP's system -- not a live person. I've had broken links flagged on a few occasions that were actually working properly by the time I checked them.

      I suspect what happens is that when the HP system does it round of checks, the website being linked to might be down for a short period. I actually have one link on one hub that this happens to quite frequently.

      Just go to My Account > Broken Links. Click the "Retest" button next to the link and it will try to see if it can make a connection. If it does, the flag goes away. If it doesn't, it's probably not a link you want on your hub anyway.

      When smaller companies use poor hosting services, sporadic down time is often a consequence. I finally chose to just remove the link from my hub that this kept  happening to and found another site with the same info.

      1. Jean Bakula profile image96
        Jean Bakulaposted 5 years ago in reply to this


        1. Jean Bakula profile image96
          Jean Bakulaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          OK tried again. It seems that it was something I linked to for Hubkarma. The black triangle went away. If the link causes problems again I will try to find another. It's very hard to find Astrology info that does not try to make people buy horoscopes at ridiculous prices. They are all computer generated, even the explanations of your personality and how it works are not given by a "real person."

    2. IzzyM profile image85
      IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Ahh..that sounds like you are getting caught up in the new rules where you are not allowed to put anything except either a photo or a text capsule at the very top.
      Links etc will float right if positioned a certain way and that's ok.

      Anyway, seeing you are an astrologer, didn't you see this all coming? big_smile

      1. Jean Bakula profile image96
        Jean Bakulaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Hi Izzy,
        I actually haven't practiced Astrology for years, just built up some hubs with it. I read tarot, take metaphysics classes, and am working on getting my tarot book published. I usually start a hub with the layout that uses text and a picture at the top. So I'm still confused. Where do I "float" the link? I am psychic, but alas not about computers!  I don't use many links, but can't supply info the readers need for the astrology hubs without one. I did get the link to work, but will keep an eye on it. I did feel pissy though, I rarely use links and had to move the 3 I had. Then I was told they could be on top but on the right? Beyond my realm of comprehension. I just put them furthur down in the text. I think the new rules could have been better explained. But Ironher was very helpful! Congrats on your great score!

        1. IzzyM profile image85
          IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Hi the "you should have seen it coming thing" was a joke, as I think you realised smile

          But in all seriousness, it sounds to me like you may have started a hub with a link at the top which isn't allowed anymore. This a very new ruling - only in the last few days.

          Your top text capsule is probably your introduction, right? If you had put a photo above your first text capsule and clicked the right arrow on the capsule box, the photo would 'float right', become smaller, and sit in that perfect right hand corner so that the text wrapped around it.
          And that's OK but we don't really want that because that top right hand corner is a prime ad spot, but then again if you are not here to make money it doesn't matter.

          That prime ad will just get moved further down if you have a picture there.
          If you have a link or an ad (amazon/ebay) or even a youtube video that you want at the top of your hub, well you can float it right the same as a picture so that your intro word wraps it, but you can't have those things up there any other way. Does that make sense?
          EDIT oh and my score goes up and down all the time!! Thanks all the same smile

          1. Jean Bakula profile image96
            Jean Bakulaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            I knew you were kidding about the "seen it coming thing smile" I was just beginning to strategize more because I did hope to make some money, but I just put the links in a few days before the rules changed. I don't like the way the words wrap around the picture, but understand what you mean now. I like to use the text first for an intro, but had just moved pictures around so I could put the links higher. It was all just bad timing. I fixed them all, and appreciate your help!

  2. lrohner profile image84
    lrohnerposted 5 years ago

    Jean - that "Error 404" you were getting means the website you linked to was down at that particular time. Like I said, if the site doesn't have decent hosting, it could be an ongoing problem. And if HP is getting that error, chances are your readers are getting it intermittently as well. If it continues, you really should try to find a new site with info.

    1. Jean Bakula profile image96
      Jean Bakulaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      OK, Thank You for the help. I will keep a closer watch on the link, and look for some others.