Is it OK to leave a broken link on a hub?

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  1. Rochelle Frank profile image95
    Rochelle Frankposted 5 years ago

    I have a YouTube video at the bottom of a hub which used to be viewable, but now is not. However, the introductory still picture still shows up and it is very pertinent to the subject. It is of a piece of art that was auctioned at a record breaking price.
    The question is: is it all right to leave the link even though it is broken? I think the still shot (which continues to be viewable) still adds a lot to the hub.

    1. AMFredenburg profile image77
      AMFredenburgposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      If I were you I'd try to find another still shot and replace it rather than leaving a broken link. It doesn't really reflect well on your work to have broken links.

      1. livewithrichard profile image84
        livewithrichardposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I agree... the still shot may be fine but your readers are expecting a video.  Besides, Google does not favor broken links as it disrupts the index.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image97
          Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          +1

    2. jabelufiroz profile image68
      jabelufirozposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I think it affects the user. They are clicking on something and ending up in a 404 error page is not good.

      1. Rochelle Frank profile image95
        Rochelle Frankposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Not an error page, but private content. The initial shot still shows.

    3. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
      Christy Kirwanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Rochelle Frank,

      It's definitely a good idea to remove broken links from your Hub, as they can get your Hub moderated for being substandard.

      1. Rochelle Frank profile image95
        Rochelle Frankposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks. I removed it. Normally I do it immediately. This one just seemed different.

      2. watergeek profile image97
        watergeekposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        What does one do with broken links that are labeled as such, but are not broken? I tested one for the second time in 2 weeks just now, and it took me directly to the linked article.
        Here is the URL: http://watergeek.hubpages.com/hub/Contr … t-Services

        1. Rochelle Frank profile image95
          Rochelle Frankposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          That's a good question.
          I have one that's marked copied--even though the copy has been taken down.

        2. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
          Christy Kirwanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Hey watergeek,

          This probably means the link was fixed since the last time it was checked. If you've confirmed that the link still works, your account info should update soon.

          1. watergeek profile image97
            watergeekposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Nope. I first checked it on 6/03, but it was ok. I went ahead and edited a couple other things. It was still showing broken yesterday, though, so I checked it again and it still works.

            1. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
              Christy Kirwanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              Which link are you having problems with on the Hub?

              1. watergeek profile image97
                watergeekposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                At the bottom under "For More Information" the first link is highlighted as potentially broken. It's entitled "Save Water and Money With a Landscape Survey."

                1. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
                  Christy Kirwanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  Thanks for letting me know! I'll look into it and get back to you.

                2. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
                  Christy Kirwanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  Our engineers are working on it. It should be fixed soon. smile

                  1. watergeek profile image97
                    watergeekposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                    Thanks, Christy. It's fixed now.

  2. Rochelle Frank profile image95
    Rochelle Frankposted 5 years ago

    From the two answers so far, I'm thinking I should remove it, though I will need to do some textual revision also.  I did find a still shot of the work online, but it is under copyright. I suppose if someone pays $17 million for a Picasso, they don't want everyone copying it.

    1. AMFredenburg profile image77
      AMFredenburgposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Maybe you can write to the people who own the copyright and get permission to include it on your Hub in exchange for a link to their site. I've written to a few people for permission, and have had good luck.

      1. Rochelle Frank profile image95
        Rochelle Frankposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        That's a thought, but I doubt if Sothebys, the Guggenheim Museum, or the Estate of Pablo Picasso  would be interested in a puny link.
        I appreciate the advice, but I will probably work it out another way.

        1. livewithrichard profile image84
          livewithrichardposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Try http://www.wikipaintings.org/  Images are normally copyrighted but they fall under Fair Use as being historically relevant, easily obtainable on the internet, and of low resolution which makes them unsuitable for commercial use.

          1. Rochelle Frank profile image95
            Rochelle Frankposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            The one I want is not there, sad  but THANKS for the great link... may be able to use it in the future.

  3. rebekahELLE profile image85
    rebekahELLEposted 5 years ago

    I would definitely get rid of the broken video link, especially to a private video.  Your viewers won't appreciate it.  I try to get rid of broken links as soon as I'm aware of them.  I periodically check my videos to make sure they're still linked ok.

    1. Ceres Schwarz profile image22
      Ceres Schwarzposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      How often do you think we should check the videos in our hubs, like weekly or monthly or something? Also, do you do this by trying to watch the video in your hubs or do you just use the "broken links" link in "my account"?

      Whenever I use the "broken links" link, I always get "No broken links found at this time." so I guess that means my hubs have no broken links?

      1. Rochelle Frank profile image95
        Rochelle Frankposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Apparently no broken links have been detected.
        I don't think it's worth the time and effort to go check every one, if it hasn't been brought to your attention. 
        Mine (which I have now removed) was there for months and it seemed to have no adverse effect on the hubscore or number of views.

        1. Ceres Schwarz profile image22
          Ceres Schwarzposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Okay thanks. Yeah, I guess it really would take much time and effort to go through each and every hub just to check for broken links especially for those writers who have written a lot of hubs already. So, is checking using the "broken links" link an effective method of checking if you really have broken links or not?

  4. Rochelle Frank profile image95
    Rochelle Frankposted 5 years ago

    OK, thanks to you all-- I know you are probably right and I'll take care of it --as much as I hate to lose the image altogether.

  5. peachpurple profile image82
    peachpurpleposted 5 years ago

    i have a hub that has broken link. Haven't fix it yet. However, i did noticed that the hub was not featured when the broken link is unfixed. Is it true?

    1. Rochelle Frank profile image95
      Rochelle Frankposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      This particular one has a high hubscore -- about 86, is featured and gets a few views each day.
      I'm still a little on the fence about changing it, but I probably will.

      1. PHILLYDREAMER profile image82
        PHILLYDREAMERposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        See if there's a duplicate video you can use.  If it was removed, it might have been a copy of someones else video.

        1. Rochelle Frank profile image95
          Rochelle Frankposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          I'll check that. I'm about 95% convinced to cut it, but still holding a slight hope. Thanks for the suggestion.

  6. barbat79 profile image74
    barbat79posted 5 years ago

    I agree that a broken link should be removed.  I believe that is one of the quality assessment tools to id broken links, besides, wouldn't you rather offer a reader a full read instead of the potential frustration of not being able to view the video? 
    The reader would hold you, the author accountable for that.

  7. mary615 profile image93
    mary615posted 5 years ago

    I had the same problem with a video once.  I really liked that video, but I replaced it rather than leave it as a broken link.  That was a first for me.  I never knew the reason.
    I guess I assumed that if a video was on YouTube, it would be OK to use.  Maybe mine had a copy write issue.

 
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