public shortener url in a own domain

by nanotec 11 replies
Hello. Is it a good idea to setup a public shortener url in a own domain? It is posible to make money with this? Can i have problems with hosting provider for that? is Yourls the best free script?

Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author C Henry
    Not exactly sure what you mean, can you clarify?
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    I wouldn't think this would be that great for making money, you would need to work hard to get the word out about it and get people to use your service
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  • Profile picture of the author capriliz
    Are you looking for a way to cloak affiliate links? If you handle this within your own site, you do not have to depend on another site to maintain your links.
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  • Profile picture of the author onSubie
    Originally Posted by nanotec View Post

    Hello. Is it a good idea to setup a public shortener url in a own domain? It is posible to make money with this? Can i have problems with hosting provider for that? is Yourls the best free script?

    Thanks!
    You would need servers to handle the traffic.

    You would need to store/support the links basically indefinitely.

    You would need to maintain server redundancy for outages and security from things like DDOS attacks.

    What would you do if the FBI showed up at your door because you were redirecting links to illegal material?

    How would you monetize?

    I don't think it is a good idea unless you really know what you are doing.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheWriteOne
      Originally Posted by onSubie View Post

      You would need servers to handle the traffic.

      You would need to store/support the links basically indefinitely.

      You would need to maintain server redundancy for outages and security from things like DDOS attacks.

      What would you do if the FBI showed up at your door because you were redirecting links to illegal material?

      How would you monetize?

      I don't think it is a good idea unless you really know what you are doing.
      I think he is not completely sure as to what he is doing. So it is definitely not a good idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author nanotec
    Hello. Thanks for the responses. I have a pretty and short .sx domain, at first i thought to develop a multisite wordpress network with subdomains with this domain, however, it is very heavy and difficult. Now i think that a good idea to install a script for url shortener only registered users, and with ads on main page to earn money. I have seen a cheap script for "Premiun Url Shortener" but now, after your responses, i have many doubts.
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  • Profile picture of the author onSubie
    There are whitelabel URL shortening services that let you use your own domain.

    I am guessing that they would take care of most technical issues. Not sure about legal liability but if they run the service I am sure that is covered in the ToS.

    I haven't used them or checked out details to see if they would do what you want.

    There pricing seems to be about $1/user so probably not viable for rebranding a public service at that rate.

    ShortSwitch - White Labeled Short URL Service
    https://iwantmyname.com/services/url-shortener/

    Just Google: Whitelabel URL Shortener and you will find articles about setting up your own and available services.
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  • Profile picture of the author MoneyDan
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    Originally Posted by nanotec View Post

    Hello. Is it a good idea to setup a public shortener url in a own domain? It is posible to make money with this? Can i have problems with hosting provider for that? is Yourls the best free script?

    Thanks!
    I feel this would be a waste of time. There are several resources such as Bitly that are well known and reputable.
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  • Profile picture of the author VA2011
    Not really. I see big brands using their custom URL shortener to redirect their own content and make it easier to link their articles (e.g.: the Rolling Stone magazine uses http://rol.st, BBC uses bbc.in), but I don't think that is a great source of income.
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    • Profile picture of the author onSubie
      Originally Posted by VA2011 View Post

      Not really. I see big brands using their custom URL shortener to redirect their own content and make it easier to link their articles (e.g.: the Rolling Stone magazine uses http://rol.st, BBC uses bbc.in), but I don't think that is a great source of income.
      Yes. The whitelabel sources I linked to are for this purpose. Not viable for a public redirect service.
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      • Profile picture of the author nanotec
        Hello. Actually it would be a url shortener service only for registered users, and thematic urls. My short domain is for "culture urls" and it would be more specific than others as bit.ly. Whitelabel sources is only for personal use. My other option is to create a blogs networks on subdomains, but i think a "specific" service for url shortener could be a great idea. The major problem of this is to control spam, waste, illegal and undesired urls using the service, for this it would be only for registered users.
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