Bitly is a URL shortener.
Take those mile long links and pop it into Bit.ly and out pops a much shorter version of your url.
The service is free to use and no login required to shorten a URL.
If you want to track your shortened URLs, then you need an account – which is free.
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Bitly is the world’s leading link management platform, powering billions of clicks each month across both web and mobile.
Once you sign-up and login, you can paste your long URL as before but now you have the option of customizing the bit.ly domain name to bitly.com or j.mp.
You also now have the ability to use a custom /link instead of a random one. For example you can change http://bit.ly/1Rq6tON to http://j.mp/revto.
Bitly can even be customized to a shorter version of your URL – a branded shorter version!
For example http://reviews.pe (BYO domain name).
You can also track clicks, see referrers, and how many other Bitlys link to the URL. in the backend dashboard.
You can even keep an eye on what your friends are sharing.
Well, if they use bitly, whenever they save a public Bitlink, it shows up in the dashboard!
There is no real support or help files.
Editor’s note: This information was taken directly from the company’s page
bitly helps you collect, organize, shorten and share links. They are currently reinventing how people discover and share content on the web.
bitly is available via their website, browser extensions, mobile web, and numerous third-party tools integrated with their open public API. All links shared via bitly allow users to view complete, real-time traffic and analytics data.
bitly also powers more than 10,000 custom short URLs and offers an enterprise analytics service that helps web publishers and brands grow their social media traffic.
|Pricing:||FREE, but they do have an Enterprise plan that is paid. Enterprise will be customized, so you will need to contact them for pricing.|
|Monitor & Engage:||Their free analytics provides you with referrer, country and clicks from each link.|
|Profiles Managed:||Bit.ly is a link URL shortening service which can be used on any platform.|
|Reporting:||Pretty robust for a free tool.|
|Ease of Use:||Super simple to setup your first short link.|
RELATED: Save shortlinks into your Bitly account
Being able to see in real-time how many of your links are being clicked on and read or forwarded allows you the ability to keep your marketing and output relevant and keep your audience interested.
If you have posted content and there are no clicks, then you may want to reassess the content you are putting out.
Remember engagement is key, if that’s not happening, its time to do something different.
Great free tool! We use it at rev|to regularly!
To get started today check it out here: http://bit.ly/sSLJQp