Now you have all the basics covered, let’s take a closer look at how to set up and create custom branded short links using Rebrandly.
Step 1: Setup a Custom Domain Name
To start, head to their website and click “Sign Up Now.”
Then select the free plan and create an account. You’ll need to confirm your email address before you can access the dashboard.
Next, click “Add a branded domain.”
If you don’t already have a website with your own URL, Rebrandly will help you to set one up.
Just type in desired domain names to see if they’re available. When you find one you like, just follow Rebrandly’s instructions.
Many domain registrars take a few days to register a new domain, but Rebrandly is fast. They allow you to purchase a new domain name, connect it, and within just 15 minutes share links using the URL.
If you already have a website and a domain name that you want to use, there are a few extra steps you need to take.
First, click “Setup DNS.”
Then, type in your website domain name.
Next, Rebrandly will ask you if your domain name is “spare ” – this means it’s not being used for your blog or website.
If your domain name is spare, simply follow these instructions.
If you’re using your domain name already, you’ll need to create a new subdomain name by adding a prefix, such as “go.”
Once you’ve done this, you’ll need to log in to your domain registrar dashboard – this will be whoever you bought your domain from (i.e. Godaddy, Hostgator, Register, Bluehost, etc).
Then, you’ll need to configure your DNS records, to add your new subdomain, and connect it with Rebrandly.
Unfortunately, registering an existing domain can take up to 24 hours. Rebrandly will email you when it’s done so that you can add your domain to your Rebrandly workspaces.
If you need any help along the way, simply follow these instructions.
Step 2: Create a Custom Branded URL
Once you’ve set up your domain name, it’s easy to create a new short link. Just click “New Link” and paste in the link you want to shorten.
On the left, you can use the “Branded domain” drop-down menu to select your custom domain, or just use the rebrand.ly domain for now.
You can also customize the URL slash-tag to avoid a jumble of random letters and numbers.
Then, click “Create link.”
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