What is a URL shortener? No 1 Url shortner

What is a URL shortener? No 1 Url shortner

05.Oct.2021

A URL shortener is a tool that creates a short, unique URL that will redirect to the specific website of your choosing.

Basically: they make a URL shorter and simpler.

Your new, shorter URL will typically include the shortener site’s address, plus a combination of random letters. You can then use this shortened version in place of the longer one to share with others via email or social media. 

URL shorteners are commonly used for sharing links on Twitter since messages are limited to 140 characters per post. However, many websites now have their own built-in link shortening tools - making third party services less necessary.

The idea behind creating these different URLs is so you will be able to track what users do when they visit the link. For example, one of the most popular URL shorteners - Bitly - tracks which links are clicked and on what part of a site they’re clicked.

This information can then be used to gauge effectiveness and decide whether to continue using a specific channel for distributing your content elsewhere on the web.

There are also websites that allow you to shorten URLs and track conversions, such as Leadpages or ClickMeter.

In addition, if you sign up with a URL shortener service like TinyURL, you can edit the long URL yourself if it's ever been shortened incorrectly or needs updating. You can learn more about how this works in this step-by-step guide from Inbound Now .

Long URL: https://www.inboundnow.com/how-to-edit-a-tinyurl

Shortened URL: http://tinyurl.com/ybyp9l6v

 

1) What is a URL shortener?

A URL shortener is a tool that creates a short, unique URL that will redirect to the specific website of your choosing. Basically: they make a URL shorter and simpler. Your new, shorter URL will typically include the shortener site’s address, plus a combination of random letters. You can then use this shortened version in place of the longer one to share with others via email or social media.

URL shorteners are commonly used for sharing links on Twitter since messages are limited to 140 characters per post. However, many websites now have their own built-in link shortening tools - making third party services less necessary.

The idea behind creating these different URLs is so you will be able to track what users do when they visit the link. For example, one of the most popular URL shorteners - Bitly - tracks which links are clicked and on what part of a site they’re clicked. This information can then be used to gauge effectiveness and decide whether to continue using a specific channel for distributing your content elsewhere on the web.

There are also websites that allow you to shorten URLs and track conversions, such as Leadpages or ClickMeter. In addition, you sign up with a URL shortener service like TinyURL, you can edit the long URL yourself if it's ever been shortened incorrectly or needs updating. You can learn more about how this works in this step-by-step guide from Inbound Now .

2) Where to use a shortened URL?

Long URLs are often hard to share and remember. A lot of times, people will try to get around that by using bitly or other URL shorteners which then redirects that link into another link that is easier to read or remember.

People also use them for URLs on social media like Twitter because the character count is limited (140 characters), so sometimes people shorten their links with tools like bitly instead of trying type out all those complicated letters, symbols, and numbers.

For example, if you wanted to share this article on Twitter using the long URL, it would look something like this: https://www.business2community.com/marketing/what-is-a-url-shortener-01093867

Sharing the shortened version instead via bitly would look more like this: https://bitly.com/1zf4Okv which takes up 9 characters less space in your tweet!

3) Can I use a URL shortener service without an account?

Some tools like bitly do not require an account or signup to use their tool - they are free for everyone to use at any time! Others though will require you to sign-up and create an account with them.

These services will typically give you a bitly, TinyURL, or other custom link that you can then put into your social posts or anywhere else on the web where you need a short link. For example:

http://bitly.com/1zf4Okv is shortened by bitly and can be used in any sharing or post - it is automatically generated without having to sign up for an account! --Jenny Jones

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