Customize a shortened bit.ly link

Customize a shortened bit.ly link

13.Sep.2021

One thing I love about Bit.ly’s link shortening service is the ability to name short URLs. This means we can turn a link like this:

http://bit.ly/1erS8yV 

into something more informative, like this:

http://bit.ly/Nametag-Rocks

Which leads people to an article about how to create nametags with PowerShell script! Awesome!

The downside is that it only works on shortened links created through bit.ly, so you won’t see the custom name appear on other services that use bit.ly to shorten their links (like Twitter). See our short Twitter URL best practices article for more info on using bit.ly with Twitter.

The best workaround for this is to use a service like Custom Shortlink, which lets you customize any short URL to your heart’s content. Even better, you can choose exactly where the link will take people when they click it, so if I wanted this article to go to http://aka.ms/nametag-rocks instead of bit.ly, I could just point that at an HTML file somewhere that contains my custom copy!

And yes, bit.ly has some restrictions on how many characters you can use for your custom name (and other things), but there are no immediate plans for expanding the available space within the existing URLs. That said, we’re always looking out for feedback on what our users want, so if you’d like to see more room in your URLs, tell us about it on Twitter!

 

Customizing a shortened bit.ly link can be a fantastic way to give people a little bit of context for where they’ll go when they click that tiny link. You can even use custom shortlinks like Custom Shortlink to let people know exactly where the link is going to take them before they click!

One thing I love about Bit.ly’s link shortening service is the ability to name short URLs. This means we can turn a link like this:

http://bit.ly/1erS8yV

into something more informative, like this:

http://bit.ly/Nametag-Rocks

Which leads people to an article about how to create nametags with PowerShell script! Awesome! The downside is that it only works on shortened links created through bit.ly, so you won’t see the custom name appear on other services that use bit.ly to shorten their links (like Twitter). See our short Twitter URL best practices article for more info on using bit.ly with Twitter. The best workaround for this is to use a service like Custom Shortlink, which lets you customize any short URL to your heart’s content. Even better, you can choose exactly where the link will take people when they click it, so if I wanted this article to go to http://aka.ms/nametag-rocks instead of bit.ly, I could just point that at an HTML file somewhere that contains my custom copy! And yes, bit.ly has some restrictions on how many characters you can use for your custom name (and other things), but there are no immediate plans for expanding the available space within the existing URLs. That said, we’re always looking out for feedback on what our users want, so if you’d like to see more room in your URLs, tell us about it on Twitter!

 

 

 

Customizing a shortened bit.ly link can be a fantastic way to give people a little bit of context for where they’ll go when they click that tiny link. You can even use custom shortlinks like Custom Shortlink to let people know exactly where the link is going to take them before they click! One thing I love about Bit.ly’s link shortening service is the ability to name short URLs. This means we can turn a link like this:

 

http://bit.ly/1erS8yV

into something more informative, like this:

http://bit.ly/Nametag-Rocks

Which leads people to an article about how to create nametags with PowerShell script! Awesome! The downside is that it only works on shortened links created through bit.ly, so you won’t see the custom name appear on other services that use bit.ly to shorten their links (like Twitter). See our short Twitter URL best practices article for more info on using bit.ly with Twitter. The best workaround for this is to use a service like Custom Shortlink, which lets you customize any short URL to your heart’s content. Even better, you can choose exactly where the link will take people when they click it, so if I wanted this article to go to http://aka.ms/nametag-rocks instead of bit.ly, I could just point that at an HTML file somewhere that contains my custom copy! And yes, bit.ly has some restrictions on how many characters you can use for your custom name (and other things), but there are no immediate plans for expanding the available space within the existing URLs. That said, we’re always looking out for feedback on what our users want, so if you’d like to see more room in your URLs, tell us about it on Twitter!

 

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