How to grow and monetize a URL shortner in 2020?

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I realize that I'm probably 10 years late with this, but I happen to have built a URL shortner with some other features and I was wondering how I can scale up traffic and eventually monetize.

The original idea was to show Ads in the redirect page but I haven't tried just yet (the only ad network that I've signed up for just banned me - it wasn't really encouraging). I also understand that such a service will eventually expose me to spammers and I'm likely to get banned from the hosting I'm currently at.

As of now I've generated a bunch of links myself and posted them to forums with high volume of traffic and getting hits, but this is far from scaling up to a volume that can be consistently monetized.

Am I really to late at the game in this case? I had fun coding it and took me maybe a day or two, so it won't be that big of a loss anyway, I'm just wondering if I should drop the project altogether or maybe spin it into something that could be useful. I'm reading a lot about CPA and affiliate and a URL shortner could be useful, at least for my own projects.

For reference: I was deep into growth and digital marketing maybe 10 or so years ago. I've done some other stuff in between, I can now reinvest some time in a new project. I apologize if all this sounds a bit naive.
#2020 #grow #monetize #shortner #url
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  • Profile picture of the author Ged3
    Congratulations on creating a link shortner!

    You could run Adsence ads on the page.

    As you have mentioned that you could create one for affiliates to use, this could be more profitable as you could then build a list of marketers that you could sell to yourself.

    Best Regards
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  • Profile picture of the author Skywriting
    Find your customers, first, then resell your solution to similar customers.
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