Services like Twitter has initiated the concept of URL shortener and now a days, we keep hearing about new URL shortening services. I have been using many of them, and many of them work great.
Especially, when you are sharing anything on Twitter, it’s better to use any of below mentioned URL Shortener Websites, so that your tweet will be less than 140 characters and can be retweetable by others. Most of the popular Websites and web services are coming up with their custom shorteners. For example:
- Google URL shortening link is Goo.gl.
- Facebook URL Shortener: Fb.me
My Personal list of favorite URL Shorteners:
Goo.gl, a URL shortener by the biggest search engine, Google. This is the best URL shortener according to me. Just enter the link which you want to be shortened, it will take some seconds and the link will display.
If you create the links while you are logged in into your Google account, you can build up a history of your short URLs. You can even see the details of the short URL such as how many times the short URL has been clicked, the referrer of the click, the profile of the visitor(Country, Browser, OS). So, Goo.gl is a must try.
This one is for those who are looking for a URL shortener which also pays them. In 2016, Shorte.st is one of the most popular money making URL shortener out there. They also have a mass shrinker which let you shrink 20 URl’s in one go. If you are a WordPress blogger, you can also utilize their WordPress plugin to make money. Though, I would suggest you not to use it for your personal profile. Such ad based Link Shrinker are not seen as a good practice on social media sites.
3) Godaddy URL Shortener:
This one is exclusive for Godaddy users & if you are one of those 14 million users who have a domain or hosting with Godaddy, you should be able to access the Godaddy URL shrinker. This shrinker lets you create shortened URL with two different domain extension including x.co. I’m an existing Godaddy user & I love using it once in a while. The reason being, Godaddy is a trusted brand & I don’t have to worry about the dead link or cookie stuffing kind of thing.
Another great feature of Godaddy URL Shortener is; you can create branded URL shortener & this feature is completely free.
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Bit.ly is one of the best URL shortening sites. It was my favorite before Goo.gl came. It also offers to track and keep details of your links(if you have an account) which is, of course, the plus point. After you click the Shorten button, a link displays below in a few seconds. You can see the details by clicking the “Info Page+” option. The details have the number of recent tweets and shares about the link. You can also see the traffic of the link, the referrers, and the location.
Though I don’t recommend using Bit.ly for those who are into affiliate marketing. As according to Bit.ly FAQ, they add affiliate cookies into URL shortend by free users. So you won’t be getting for shortened affiliate link via Bit.ly.
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iOS & Android app to shorten URL:
In the year 2016 it’s no brainer that there is no point limiting us to desktop only. A lot of action happens on mobile & I personally use few tools on my iOS to shorten the URL. Here I’m sharing few smartphone app & Chrome addons which let you shorten URL within seconds.
This one is pretty easy to use, as you need to copy any URL that you wish to shorten. Open the app on your iOS device & it will automatically shorten the URL. Pretty cool huh!
- Chrome add-on for Goo.gl URL shortener ( Free addon for Chrome)
- Goo.gl Url shortener app for Android
Those were the 5 sites I suggest you to use for shortening your URLs. Which site do you use? Which site is your favorite? Do comment.