Two of my articles on PetHelpful are showing as having broken links. In the first instance, when I look at the article, the link is a picture. This link http://www.sxc.hu/photo/679862 is showing as broken but is in fact clearly showing as a black cat drinking so I think this may be a 'glitch'?
In the second article, this external 'further reading' reference link http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm … mp;aid=609 is showing as broken, but works perfectly.
I don't know how to get rid of the 'broken link' notification.
Thank you, Alison
Yeah, I've had this problem on one of my articles for years, the link they say is broken never was broken. I brought it to their attention probably a couple years ago, it's still showing as a broken link. It hasn't affected anything so I let it go, but would love to not see that little symbol next to that article.
And, yes, I've edited the article, etc. Doesn't change anything.
This happens sometimes because HubPages checks every so often. It is possible that the server of that other site was down just at the moment when HubPages tried to access the link. Therefore the “broken link” status is turned on.
You can turn it off by editing your hub. Remove the link and then place it back in. You can easily do that by copying the link, clicking the unlink icon, then clicking the link icon and pasting the saved link back in. That will definitely correct the erroneous status.
Thanks Glenn - I will do that for the external link - what would I do in the case of the photo previously uploaded to HubPages (black cat picture)?
It's been a while, but can't you just retest the broken link? When it comes up good this time the indicator should turn off.
@Glen; I've tried that--editing the hub--also removing and re-setting the link, and it has never worked for me.
I too have a broken link warning on one of my fiction tales and there's no such broken link to be found. Hopefully a glitch HP will correct.
I have experienced this issue more times than I care to recall! It is, indeed, very frustrating.
I believe there is (at least, there used to be) an icon to click "Ignore," in the section under 'broken links' on your account page. (Not in the hub; just on the 'broken links' tab in the 'my account' section.)
Yes, I just checked; you can still click "ignore," if you have checked, and the link is good. In fact, I had just such a bogus warning just now when I checked. The retest button came back with 'link bad,' but when I clicked on it, it worked just fine. I did what I've done before, and what has been suggested here; delete the link, then put it back.
Gee--it still came up as bad, but on every test I did, it works fine. So, I hit the 'ignore' button!
Raspberry to HP for these issues!
Update: I wonder if this happens if HP doesn't "like" the link?
I noticed that the particular link was at least semi-commercial in nature, even though it was educational, the sponsor is an online merchant of pet products.
I decided to test this theory, and set the link to 'no follow' due to being 'affiliate; paid, etc.' and POOF! Away went the broken link warning!
That might be the case part of the time, but in my case the link goes to an academic journal. So it seems there's some kind of glitch.
Actually, the site I link to is part of the Department of Health and Human Services of the US government, a specific agency under the department that does biomedical research. This is why the broken link thing has always been kind of funny to me; the link is functional and it goes to a non-commercial, very reputable site.
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