Best URL shortener for automatically creating short links#matchurl

13.Sep.2021

One of the most important things you can do when you're on social media is to create shareable content that's easy for people to find and share with friends, family, or even brands that are relevant. 

 

While posting the original URL of the webpage you want people to visit works well enough in some situations, it doesn't work so great in others. Take Instagram for example: while it does have a Share button right below your photo, if someone wants more information about your product they'll have to "Visit Website" before they can learn more details about how/why/when/where it works (or read user reviews).

 

One way around this is to save shortened links each time you upload anything (like photos or products) and then automatically share those links to your followers.

 

This saves both time and headache as you don't have to manually create the shortened link every time (especially if you regularly upload dozens or even hundreds of products or photos). Here's how to use Zapier's URL shortener for this function.

 

Start by setting up a Zap, which is like automated workflows that regularly trigger based on rule sets you set up (a "trigger", like photo-uploading in Instagram; and an "action" like creating a shortened link with Zapier's URL Shortener)>

 

First we'll start with the "Trigger" step: pick the app where your content lives so you can create a new action using Zapier. In this example, the app is Instagram.

 

When you pick your app type, you can either choose to trigger on any activity in that app (for instance: every time you upload a new photo) or whenever an action of a specific kind occurs (every time you add a photo with hashtags).

 

If the latter option sounds more like what you want to do, it can be helpful to give Zapier more context and select "Media" as the Trigger App Type since that's exactly what we're trying to do here. We want to trigger when photos are added so we can automatically create shortened links without having to go back and forth between apps.

 

Now that we've chosen our trigger (Instagram photos), it's time to set up what we want to happen (the "Action"). We can choose between two different apps for this step: Google Sheets or URL Shortener.

 

If you'd like to save your shortened links directly into another app, Google Sheets is the best option. Just select it as your Action App and then name your spreadsheet so you know which links are where.

 

On the other hand, if you just want to shorten links without saving them anywhere else, URL Shortener will be perfect for that job. Select it as your Action App and give each link a label by typing out something unique in parenthesis before Zapier saves the link. For example, if every time I upload a photo on Instagram I also create an account on a custom web app, I would name the shortened link something like "wesanno.com/newcustomer" so the link to my new customer information page is easily saved and accessible in future posts.

 

Now that you've set up how your content will automatically get posted with Zapier's URL Shortener (or how you'll save it into another app), let's look at how you can modify this workflow for any social media channel. For example, if you use Facebook rather than Instagram, all you need to do is repeat these steps but pick Facebook as your Trigger App instead of Instagram.

 

You can even trigger on multiple apps without adding more steps by linking one Zap to the other in the More drop-down menu. So every time you upload an Instagram photo, it will trigger the creation of a shortened link in Google Sheets; and when you create new Facebook posts, they'll also get saved into that same spreadsheet.

 

One last thing to remember: if your plan is to regularly save shortened links for certain types of content (like product uploads) but not others (like random photos), you can make your Zap even more specific by adding multiple triggers and actions. That way, only the Zaps you actually want will run and nothing else!

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Here's how it works:

 

- Pick the app where your content lives so you can create a new action using Zapier. In this example, we'll use Instagram as our Trigger App because that's where we want to automatically shorten links without having to go back and forth between apps; and we'll also choose URL Shortener as our Action App because we just want to shorten links without saving them elsewhere.

On the other hand, if you just want to shorten links without saving them anywhere else, URL Shortener will be perfect for that job. Select it as your Action App and give each link a label by typing out something unique in parenthesis before Zapier saves the link. For example, if every time I upload a photo on Instagram I also create an account on a custom web app, I would name the shortened link something like "wesanno.com/newcustomer" so the link to my new customer information page is easily saved and accessible in future posts.

Now that you've set up how your content will automatically get posted with Zapier's URL Shortener (or how you'll save it into another app), let's look at how you can modify this workflow for any social media channel. For example, if you use Facebook rather than Instagram, all need to do is repeat these steps but pick Facebook as your Trigger App instead of Instagram.

You can even trigger on multiple apps without adding more steps by linking one Zap to the other in the More drop-down menu. So every time you upload an Instagram photo, it will trigger the creation of a shortened link in Google Sheets; and when you create new Facebook posts, they'll also get saved into that same spreadsheet.

One last thing to remember: if your plan is to regularly save shortened links for certain types of content (like product uploads) but not others (like random photos), you can make your Zap even more specific by adding multiple triggers and actions. That way, only the Zaps you actually want will run and else! Now that you know

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