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How broken links are checked

  1. ronbergeron profile image85
    ronbergeronposted 2 years ago

    I'm seeing a message saying that I have a broken link in one of my Hubs. When I click on the "broken" link, it correctly brings me to the page the link points to. That tells me that it's not really broken.

    In the Hub itself, the link appears with a line through the whole thing crossing it out. When I click on it, it brings me back to the same Hub rather than to what the link is supposed to go do. Maybe that's normal behavior for a link considered to be broken.

    How do I get the system to understand that the link is actually correct so it's no longer crossed out in the Hub? It's been like this for several days.

    The Hub is:

    http://ronbergeron.hubpages.com/hub/Hom … -Valuables


    1. Don Bobbitt profile image93
      Don Bobbittposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      This is not uncommon, really.
      I get this occasionally and when I check the link works.
      And, at times, the warning actually goes away a few days later, on its own.
      I'm not sure if this is a response to a Google warning, or if it is an HP thing.
      When one of these persists for a week or more, I just delete the link and try to find another, pertinent one with the same information.
      Good Luck,

    2. Matthew Meyer profile image75
      Matthew Meyerposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      There are a few things to consider for broken links.
      A URL may resolve to a page and load in your browser, but if the server returns a code that the URL has been moved or is not valid then that will show as broken.

      So for this URL
      http://www.youtube.com/results?search_q … +&sm=1

      If you check it using a site like this.

      You can see that YouTube's server is returning a code:
      Status: HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently

      In such a case, you can use the "ignore" button on the broken links page here.

      In this case it might make sense to find a specific video and include it in a video capsule.

      In some cases web servers return a different code to sites it sees as automated and in some cases our servers are blocked when we check a URL. So those instances can result in a false positive for a broken link as well.

      1. ronbergeron profile image85
        ronbergeronposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Good information. Thanks for the details.

  2. Dakk profile image84
    Dakkposted 2 years ago

    I also get this once in a while. Despite checking and verifying that a link or another isn't broken, some keep getting flagged as broken. I tried just deleting then remaking the supposedly broken link, and then the warning apparently went away. I have no clue on why it solved the issue, but do try it!

  3. ronbergeron profile image85
    ronbergeronposted 2 years ago

    As suggested, I'll delete the link and add a new, similar one if this doesn't clear up in the next couple of days.

    Thanks for the replies.

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