Dwindly.io is a URL Shortener, that gives the opportunity to earn money, for every person that views your links.
Wherefore, you can share your shortened URLs on the internet. Including on social media, websites, and blogs.
In this tutorial I will show you how to make use of Dwindly in a few easy steps:
Step 1: Go to Dwindly's website at https://dwindly.io/ (use Chrome or Firefox)
Step 2: Click "Create New Account"
Step 3: Fill out the form with your Username (The name you wish to go by), Email address ([your email]@gmail.com for instance), Password (choose one yourself), and Password verification (type the password again, to ensure you have typed it correctly)
Step 4: Click "Register"
This is what your screen will look like after you have registered with Dwindly.io
1. Here is a list of all your created links.
2. When you click on a link, this menu pops up with information about that specific link. In this case, I used a shortened link from my very own YouTube channel as an example for testing purposes. The URL that I linked was https://goo.gl/MnQwmF (a picture by the famous Bob Ross), which redirects to www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAmL3uELXm4. I used this link, because it is shorter than the actual URL (www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAmL3uELXm4).
3. When you choose to share your links on social media or websites, this menu pops up with sharing options for each of the most popular SNS websites out there!
Step 5: Enjoy earning money while making use of shortened URLs that are useful for everyone!
Thank you very much for reading my short tutorial on how to make use of Dwindly in only 5 simple steps. Feel free to leave any question in the comment section below if something is unclear, I will gladly answer them all so everyone gets a good grasp on how to make use of Dwindly! You can also contact me whenever you want, either on my personal email ([email protected]) or by commenting right under this article.
I'm not the owner of Dwindly.io. Nor am I a representative of them or an affiliate. This is simply a tutorial that gives information about their service and website(s). All the images used are from screenshots taken directly from their website(s) and publicly available except for the one representing my YouTube channel . The shortened links were only created as a test so I could write an easy-to-understand tutorial with which anyone can create shortened URLs reading it. See more here . For more information about shortened links and their effect on the internet, see here .
Source: http://dwindly.io/cms/how-it-works.html - Dwindly homepage shortcut "How it works". Dwindly doesn't claim this text as their own nor do I think they used it for promotional purposes since I got my account after they made this page live and I haven't seen any mention of my username throughout the pages on their website(s). The content is simply representative of how they operate and what you can expect from them as a user. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_link - Wikipedia's article about short URLs (web addresses) where they mention shortened links can be used "for saving space" or to redirect readers to a different website. They also mention the disadvantages of using short URLs, which are that they can be "removed by others", allowing them to take your visitors and their data with them. One thing that I don't really agree with is where they claim that short URLs can lead to data mining because you have less characters available for masking information about yourself. I think it's enough if you use Dwindly's built-in anti-spam tools or change your username now and then so people won't know it belongs to you. http://bloggingwithgrace.com/the-value-of-resharper-10/ - Bloggingwithgrace's blog post where they talk about the first copy of Resharper which sold for $125,000 on eBay. She also mentions that it is important to not use short URLs because your visitors can end up at a different website "and if they were looking for you, chances are they won't be able to find you". I think this opinion is valid since people tend to visit specific websites and don't know what awaits them when clicking on links. To make my point clear: many shortened links (such as those from tinyurl.com) do not even show the real URL behind them until you actually go there and see it yourself (or someone tells you). This doesn't make short URLs really dangerous, but it's one disadvantage of using them on the web.
Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/Dwindly - Dwindly subreddit which you can subscribe to if for any reason you want to keep up-to-date with what's going on or simply find out more about their service. This is well worth a look because they have been releasing multiple updates since I started getting involved with them and got my account! http://helpdeskgeek.com/seo/a-guide-to-url-shorteners/ - Helpdeskgeek's guide to shortened links where they claim "URL shortening is a great way to track traffic". They also mention that it is good to use shorteners "for social media". I think this article is very well written and their opinion makes sense, so you should definitely take a look at it if you want to share links on any kind of website or social media. https://github.com/austinpray/Dwindly-Bot - Austinpray's Dwindly Bot Github page where he explains how his bot can post URLs to Reddit if people submit them via comments or messages. It might be worth checking out for anyone who wants to automate some of their posting process and/or if they're thinking about getting an account with Dwindly (you'll get a 10% lifetime discount on all services, including shortening links AND getting paid for every view).
Source: http://lifehacker.com/how-to-create-short-urls-+-track-clicks-andvisitors-1499849065 - Lifehacker's guide to shortened URLs where they explain how you can use Bitly (one of Dwindly's competitors) and what you get out of it. They also mention that these kinds of services can be useful when it comes to online marketing or simply "for tracking URL clicks". This article provides good background information about using shortened URLs on the internet in general. http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2240237/Theres
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