How to set up a custom URL shortener with bit.ly

How to set up a custom URL shortener with bit.ly

12.Aug.2021

I'm going to show you how to set up your
own custom URL shortener and if you
don't know why should you use a URL
shortener well three reasons in my
opinion is so you can track it short
links you can build your brand and then
it's just so cool when it is free I use
bit ly and now there are many ones out
there if we do a search you can see that
there are many shortening services out
there but I'm gonna show you what so
first of all I'm gonna search for your
domain you can use this domain ur 
are you and I use GoDaddy to register
then we're gonna log into bit ly then
we're going to change a record and I'll
explain that is even if you don't really
care to know and then I'm gonna submit
the changes and then really use it so
those four steps so let's go ahead and
let's go look at some URL shorteners
okay I just did a search for Google for
URL shorteners and you see there's many
services out there even why should you
use them so what I'm going to do I'll
chose bit del why I just like that and I
have an account with them so let's see
for instance I have this long URL here
see that if I were to sit down and copy
and paste that in the email it just
well just get too long and cumbersome so
I'm just gonna paste it in there and
with that there it goes it automatically
shortens it to chip des dot US and my
custom URL code so let's get out of my
account and let's set up a new one so
what I'm going to do first we can always
go to domain err and see domain alright
so there we go
once we go to the domain ur so I'm going
to go to PA you GRA
dot us that's a friend of mine Paul
Graham and then I'm gonna go Patrick
Graham actually let's go to Patrick his
brother Pat Graham got us so we like
that click on that and I can register it
here at GoDaddy there's a referral link
I guess so I'm just gonna go to GoDaddy
and then once I gotta go Daddy
I'm gonna go to the dot us
so we're gonna go to Phe GRA us and then
there we go
Pat who we have it for 399 so we'll add
it to our cart and after we have it to
our cart I'm going to show you to go
ahead and do the a record I'll be right
back alright so now I have the domain
Pat GRA dot u s in my possession and
once I have that domain I'm gonna go
down into DNS manager I'm going to hit
launch and once I hit launch and if you
don't know how to get to your DNS
management GoDaddy that's a whole nother
tutorial we won't go or that I'm today
so I'm gonna go here and I'm going to
edit the a record and basically this is
the where it points to where the domain
name resolves to so we're just going to
change that from that number to this or
copy and paste and how do I know how do
I know this number because bit ly I gave
it to me so then we're gonna just click
here saves own file and my short it's
gonna give me a message that takes up to
sometimes 48 hours and one hour usually
I just it takes about one hour to do
alright so now that we have that we're
going to now that we have that we're
going to log into a bit ly account
alright now I am logged into the bit
that ly account here with mr. grams
right here account so what I'm going to
do I want to go under settings and I
want to click here and then once I go
into settings I'm gonna add custom short
domain it says what is this it tells you
what a short domain is and everything I
explained that video so now we're going
to add custom short domain and then I'm
going to enter the custom short domain
so what I will use we use P 80gr a dot
US and then we'll hit add and remember I
told you the domain name should point to
this this is where I got this
information from this URL this IP
address so alright so what I'm going to
do is just hit add
and then once it's going to do this I'm
going to verify it this lets verify and
I'm gonna check back in a few minutes to
make sure it is verified all right let
us check to see if this is verified
let's check back and there it is and it
is verified this domain takes the place
a bit that ly when you create short
links and if I delete Pat gray GRA that
us it will no longer work since the
domain cannot be met so there it is so
when I go into settings you see I have
the choice of Pat dot us so now if I
want to go here and hit an analyze some
links so let's go to Patrick site the
croissant shop and let's go here we'll
go to BlogTalkRadio and then if i want
it to go let's go right here
inappropriate inappropriate dress for
church you see that long URL right there
so we'll go there and then we will hit
that we'll just cook that out and then
we'll hit pace and there it is right
there Pat that us and then it tracks it
and then I can just short any length I
have or I call my mobile phone or some
other options so that is a tutorial how
to get a custom URL with bit ly so you
can have it I just suggest using dot us
just because it's easy and just putting
your first initials of your name or
something like that so again it's great
for PR reasons and it's great for
tracking and then I can look at the info
page here have them tracking this I can
see all of the things right here with
Facebook lights the comments the clips
once I send send all of this out so
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