Broken Link and link does work, outside of Hubpages?

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  1. Michael Willis profile image74
    Michael Willisposted 9 years ago

    I have the Broken Link symbol and I went to the hub to check it out. In Edit mode the message 2 possible broken links detected.

    I go through all links since nothing was "highlighted in yellow" on page. One link tested bad, so I deleted it. Since it is an important link, I pasted the exact link from the hub into address bar and opened the site.

    I tried to add it again to the hub and hit test---comes back "bad link."
    Has anyone had this to happen before? Hp say link is bad, but in reality the link is Good!

    And still have the bad link symbol on account page.

    1. Michael Willis profile image74
      Michael Willisposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I went back and added the link, clicked on it and it worked. But Hub still calls it a bad link. Hmmm, link is affiliated with ESPN, so I know it is a reputable link. But still no idea why the message says 2 broken links when everything is working.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image94
        Marisa Wrightposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Sometimes the broken link checker throws up false results.

        I have a similar thing with the little green bug - which indicates a link to a phishing site.  I don't have any links to external sites on my Hub, so I concluded it must be a link in a commenter's name. 

        I've now gone through and deleted all the comments that had a website link in the commenter's name, so there isn't one external link left on the Hub.  But the little green bug won't go away!

        1. Michael Willis profile image74
          Michael Willisposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks Marisa. Guess it is a glitch. lol I thought is was weird that it would say bad links and then No link highlighted.  Maybe the symbol will go away soon also.

  2. lrohner profile image75
    lrohnerposted 9 years ago

    I had the same thing happen, Michael. After a few months, the broken link symbol (finally) went away. smile

    1. Michael Willis profile image74
      Michael Willisposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Months? Wow. lol I hope not that long.  As long as it doesn't affect my standing with SEO, I guess I can live with that.

  3. larryfreeman profile image83
    larryfreemanposted 9 years ago

    Hi Michael,

    We have a page that can be used to "retest" links and to "ignore" links.

    You can find it here:

    If you click on "retest", you can see if the page is good or not.  If you still want to include the link, you can hit "ignore" to remove the warnings.


    1. Michael Willis profile image74
      Michael Willisposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Larry. That link was helpful. The retest kept saying the link was bad, but I could hit the all the links on my page and they went to where they were linked to. So, I just hit the "ignore" and the symbol went away.

  4. sunforged profile image66
    sunforgedposted 9 years ago

    I get the broken links symbol for youtube videos quite often - I used to check the videos to make sure they were still up, since they always were, i just started ignoring the symbols often they would just go away.

    1. Michael Willis profile image74
      Michael Willisposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I hit the ignore on the broken link page and the symbol went away. it is weird that it showed up and I couldn't even find it on my hub. And then I checked all links and they were just fine. 
      At least I got rid of the broken link symbol.


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