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Disappearing and Impossible-to-add Links

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    Ghost32posted 7 years ago

    Curious.  My science fiction chapters in The Seeder series have suddenly developed Linkophobia.  The problem is especially acute in the Table of Contents, where I list each chapter (Hub) in chronological order and provide a link to the page.

    FIVE of those links (to 5 separate chapters) are now broken...and refuse to be repaired.  No matter which way I try it--by clicking on the Hub I want from the Insert menu or by copying and pasting the URL into the upper address bar in the link popup--the result is the same:  NOTHING.

    Oh, the URL will show very briefly, but then it winks right out to refreshing, white blankness.

    Any clues?

    1. amalloy profile image77
      amalloyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I glanced through your table of contents - didn't try following the links (there are so many!), but the URLs they point to all look valid, except for chapter 4. Chapter 4 links to #mce_temp_url# or some such, and mce is the tool that creates a popup window for you to enter a URL for your link. So probably you can fix that one just by editing the URL again; can you point me at a link or two that you're having trouble with so I can try to see what's going on?

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    Ghost32posted 7 years ago

    Interesting.  Two days, no replies.  Hm.  Connected, somehow, to the high number of chapters cross-connected to the Table of Contents?  (47 to date.)  Blew a fuse on the HP programming?  (If I did, I could work around it--but would likely need to admit the nature of the problem to readers.  And I'd not care to do THAT if it meant possibly turning away potential new Hubbers who saw it as an HP shortcoming.) 

    Hey, the silence is deafening! 

    And the busted link problem is growing faster in JUST THAT SYSTEM ("The Seeder" sci fi series/book).  More every day. 


    1. recommend1 profile image68
      recommend1posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Google are doing what they said they would and changing their algorithms - this directly impacts linking first.  Hubpages would appear to be working overtime on their linking structure and outbound linking etc.

      I would hazard a guess that your issue is to do with this - and will get repaired as it is in-house linking - unless each link is HTML then maybe it shows 'excessive' linking ?   Just guessing here but would tie in with the excitement over on the 'should I get a day job' thread smile

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    Ghost32posted 7 years ago

    Thanks; that does sound like a real possibility.  And it's not HTML--just the usual URL in-house linking.

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    Ghost32posted 7 years ago

    Thanks, but all seems to be well now--except for, as you say, Chapter #4, which I've fixed.

    When I originally posted the problem, it was IMPOSSIBLE to fix it.  Chapter Four was the first of many links that had evaporated into thin air.  What I'm guessing is that Admin saw the question, investigated, and fixed it all up for me.  There are a half dozen of the chapters pointing BACK TO the Table of Contents that have broken-link flags, and I'll see if those can now be repaired as soon as I have time.

    So:  Thanks for your help, AND thanks to Admin for YOUR help as well.  Much appreciated.