What is URL shorteners?
URL shorteners are online services to help change a messy and lengthy URL into a shortened URL, usually with less than 20 characters. With the advent and prosperity of social networks such as Facebook and twitter, URL shortening services gain more and more footing online. Twitter uses all shortened URLs in its Tweets due to its 140 characters restriction. Friendfeed aslo automatically converts links into tiny URLs. StumbleUpon offers its own URL shortener su.pr for users to syndicate content with one easy click.
How does “shorten URL” work?
Let’s shorten one of my webpage URL which originally looks like this:
I choose AdF.ly URL shortener, the URL turns into:
You can click both links to see if they land on the same page.
Which URL do you prefer to use when you share this page with your social groups?
List of URL shorteners for promoting your online business
I dug into the internet to grab this list of tiny URL services available online at the time of constructing this post. It is by no means complete, but I believe it includes the most used services online. After you’ve checked my related post and still found any active services that are not listed here, please send me an email or leave a comment below. Some of the services listed here only offer shrinking URLs, while many others provide comprehensive tracking ability to the short URLs to help online business owners collect and analyze data. Explore the list to find out which one is best for your online business.
If you are more interested in using URL shorteners and earn money at the same time, visit my other post about URL shorteners: “How to make money? – Short URLs and Earn Cash“.