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Unread 6th Oct 2010, 06:43 PM   #1
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hi,

there are tons of short url generators out there like
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what's the best one...and im assuming those links last forever right?

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This information is outdated, but it's a place to start.

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I used those in the past but currently I'm using ping.fm for social networking. It will shorten your URL once you broadcast your message or post.
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Each of them work - but I have no idea why any one of them should be considered to be better than others. They last, they are accurate and they are efficient AFAIK - but double-check, just in case I am wrong.

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stay away from bit.ly as it is facing being shutdown soon due to the takeover of the .ly domain by the Libyan Governmen.

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stay away from bit.ly as it is facing being shutdown soon due to the takeover of the .ly domain by the Libyan Governmen.
Was shocked by that this morning, wow. Going to try Google's service instead. Big G!
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I think google has once again taken this crown. You get to link your short urls made with googles short url tool to your analytics account from what I hear. Which gives the short url that much more value to you since you no longer have to spend the time going through other sites just to see how a url is doing. The google url shotener has alot of the same features as all the others as well. But for me since I do alot of work with in google it makes it alot easier. However I personally self host all my urls even those I want to make shorter. This way I can keep track of them better and change them easily if need be.

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Yups, better go with http://goo.gl/

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Yes try the google shorturl service, they offer pretty neat stats to every short url. But be aware that those stats are public!
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bit.ly for me!
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stay away from bit.ly as it is facing being shutdown soon due to the takeover of the .ly domain by the Libyan Governmen.
Thanks for that - all my links are on there. Guess I'd better figure something out

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I did prefer bitly ,however with the info posted here, i change my mind , tiny url is good but i will try ping

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I am using tinyurl from a long time and it works good
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Was shocked by that this morning, wow. Going to try Google's service instead. Big G!
any source re .ly closedown?

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I am using tinyurl from a long time and it works good
How about last year when it suddenly went into bankruptcy and stopped trading and all the links briefly disappeared before it was luckily rescued in a corporate buyout, Diyakapoor - was that good for your business?

A really good alternative to bit.ly is not to be dependent on the continued existence, goodwill, availability and changeable terms of service of any unnecessary third-party services for shortening url's, but instead to be fully in control of your own business and its traffic.

On the subject of ".ly" domains, I read this yesterday on Ben Metcalfe's blog: The .ly domain space to be considered unsafe | :Ben Metcalfe Blog

The whole thing is just yet another warning to stop using these silly url-shorteners.

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id go with Google, you know Google isn't going anywhere anytime soon lol

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A really good alternative to bit.ly is not to be dependent on the continued existence, goodwill, availability and changeable terms of service of any unnecessary third-party services for shortening url's, but instead to be fully in control of your own business and its traffic.
Glad I read all the posts before responding.... Alexa said it best.

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First, even before the Libyan government thing with bit.ly I have another reason for not using them. I was using bit.ly for links to my blog about posts that were critical about a certain marketer.

I discovered that all it takes is someone saying that the bit.ly link is spam (for any reason, no proof) and bit.ly puts up a WARNING page that looks like you're risking your computer's safety if you click the link.

After several emails back and forth with bit.ly they said they've whitelisted my blog's domain, but what a hassle!

Now that Google has a url shortener and they provide metrics, and TechCrunch ran tests that proved it's the fastest, why go anywhere else?

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I found a new free url shortner that also keeps track of all the traffic for you as well.

Anyone can pm me for the link as I'm not allowed to put it on here.

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I use budurl..it also has pretty good tracking for a small monthly fee.

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I started using stumble upons SU.PR and I love it...it bookmarks too.
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Thanks for the news on the .ly stuff.
Did not know about that till now.

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None. There are lots of reasons to not use them.

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I've tried using miniurl before...to try some sites to make your url's short and its fast and less hassle.
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I have a couple of 4 digit domain names of my own I use. Of course this comes from someone who refuses to use Google tracking of any type. The tools in my c-panel and the results in Pay Pal give me plenty of tracking ability without the need to share it with G.


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Do you have your own website?

If so you can either do a redirect (so yoursite.com/shorturl goes to LONGAFFILIATEURLAHHHHH)

If you're using Wordpress you can use a plugin like Pretty Link (free), or there are a number of other plugins that do that same thing.

P.S. These links last forever as long as you have your site and the plugin/redirect file :-p
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I use bit.lt, but I am going to look into the google thing. I bought my own short domain golocal.bz and I use that with bit.ly.

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curenntly uisng bit.ly. With the latest info on bit.ly, will have to figure out
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I like Gog.li very good short url service with Password and Security
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I use bitly because of the tracking stats, but recently learned that they have appeared on a spam list.

Have also used tiny url, which doesn't have the tracking but as far as I know doesn't appear on any spam lists.

The thing about the spam list is it can change at any time as these services normally end up there because of unethical marketers spamming people using these services and not a reflection on the services themselves.

Using redirects from your own domains is also a great option, which you can easily do from your cpanel in your hosting account

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The best url shortener is to make your own on your own domain. Just install the yourls script. The benefit of hosting your own url shortener is you are not restricted to their rules.

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I use Su.pr - Drive More Traffic with Your Short URLs! and is.gd - a URL shortener. Mmmm, tasty URLs!
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I didn't know you could install your own script to do that. Thanks for the info.
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