Hello Hubbers, I have a quick announcement this afternoon. In order to promote quality content on HubPages and ensure the best reader experience possible, we’re changing the way broken links will be handled in Hubs.
When Hubs contain broken links, those links will now display with a line through them, and when clicked on, a warning will appear notifying the reader that the link is no longer functioning.
We’ve decided to implement these changes in accordance with Google’s Webmaster Guidelines which state that quality sites should have few broken links. Along with providing more transparency to readers, the new broken link warnings will have the added benefit of making broken links invisible to Google.
Hubbers will still receive a warning when links become broken, and as always, it’s a good idea to fix or delete any broken links asap.
Here’s what the new broken link warning will look like in Hubs:
These warnings will only apply to broken links that appear within the body of the Hub. Links in comments will not be affected.