Best URL Shorteners #Tiny URL

Best URL Shorteners #Tiny URL

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URL shorteners are a dime a dozen. In fact, there’s an entire Wikipedia page dedicated to “URL shortening services.” But not all URL shorteners are created equal. Some use your bitly-esque links without linking back to you or your site, and others offer a slew of features for a nominal fee.

 

TinyURL is free and offers customized URLs for the pages you link from. To create your own Tiny URL just type in www.tinyurl.com/create/ before any regular URL and click “Make TinyURL.” You can then copy that tiny version of the original link into blogs, emails, or other social media outlets with ease since it only contains five characters (you get up to 20 characters if you pay).

 

Shorte.st might be another option worth looking into, especially if you’re a social media addict. The site’s homepage displays popular links from Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and more. To create your own shortened link for one of the sites listed just click “Create” next to the link name on the homepage. You can also choose whether or not other people can edit or delete your short URLs should they want to.

Redu has its own URL creation tool which is built right in. It works similarly to TinyURL where all you have to do is visit www.redu.com/create prior to the original url then copy whatever it creates for you. The site also displays the number of clicks your links have received so far.

 

u.nu has a similar setup but without any customization options. After pasting in your original URL, u.nu will give you the shortened link which you can then share with anyone on Twitter, Facebook, or by email ([email protected]).

 

If TinyURL isn’t what you’re looking for and Redu seems like too much work, why not try Hide My Ass! Pro VPN? The service is free but offers paid upgrades if needed. It also features top-notch security and loads of customizable features like fast connection speeds, specific server locations to connect to, and more. Free VPN might not be the biggest deal for everyday browsing, but if you need it to access blocked content on social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, or YouTube then this could be just what you’re looking for!

 

If you don’t mind paying a nominal fee then check out VHX. VHX lets users share video content via simple URLs which they can link from blogs, emails, social media outlets, etc. The buyable version of VHX comes with some extras such as custom branding colors that match your website, customized email templates that meet your brand guidelines and more. For $9 a month its definitely worth checking out if you have a wealth of video content on your page to share.

 

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