Get your company a custom short URL (similar to bit.ly)

Discussion in 'Digital Marketing' started by kirkmbrown2001, May 17, 2012.

  1. kirkmbrown2001

    kirkmbrown2001 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 265

    Hey everyone!

    Have you ever seen short urls like this: http://bit.ly/K4sXR7
    Short urls are essentially a shorter website address that redirects you to a longer website address.
    Have you used them or wondered why you would use a short url rather than a long url?

    Uses:
    • Twitter and other social networks that limit characters
    • QR code are often shortened by a URL shortener in order to reduce the printed area of the code or allow printing at lower density to improve scanning reliability
    • URL shortening sites provide detailed information on the clicks the link receives

    There are free url shortening sites.
    Examples of those sites are:
    bit.ly
    tinyurl.com
    shorturl.com

    If you use twitter alot and want to have a custom short url. It is easy to do and CHEAP!

    I recently just did exactly that. I went to GoDaddy.com, purchased a short domain name (kirkslc.me). It only costs me $7.99/yr for the domain name. Went to bit.ly. Signed up for a free account. Linked my domain name with bit.ly and presto, you now have you own custom short url that you can use on twitter or anwhere else where there are character limitations. Now I can redirect people to my website with this short url: http://kirkslc.me/K4sXR7

    If you need further help linking your short url with bit.ly, click here
     

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