Best alternatives to Google’s goo.gl URL shortener
At the end of March this year, Google announced its plans for shutting down the goo.gl URL shortening service. Those who have never used the service before won’t be able to create new short links starting from April 13, 2018, while existing users can continue to use all features until March 30, 2019. The service will be discontinued on that day, but all the links created will still work.
The Ow.ly link shortener is free of charge, but you will need to create a Hootsuite account to use it. The service lets you shorten links, measure traffic, and much more, although it doesn’t have all the features offered by paid plans.
This tool is different than the others mentioned in this post. It lets you shorten URLs and make money with them through advertising — those who click on your shortened links will be shown an ad before getting redirected to a website.
How much money can you make? According to the company, you’ll bring in $4.1 for every 1,000 views if you’re from the US. If you live somewhere else, check out the payout rates here.
Bitly is one of the most popular and powerful URL shorteners out there. Just paste a link into the text box on Bitly’s home page, click the “Shorten” button, and you’re good to go.
To take things to the next level, you can create a free account that lets you customize your shortened URLs, track click rates, and more. Keep in mind there are a few limitations, as you can only create 500 branded links and 10,000 non-branded links per month. The company also offers paid plans that get rid of these limitations and provide more in-depth reports.
This is a simple URL shortener you can use for free — there are no paid plans available. Just visit TinyURL’s website, paste the link into the text box, and the tool will do the rest. All links start with tinyurl.com/, but you can customize what comes after.
The tool has a drawback, which is that it doesn’t have any other features aside from shortening links. That means you can’t do stuff like track links, see reports, or do A/B testing. But it does offer a quick way to shorten URLs of the websites you visit that lets you avoid the whole copy/paste thing. You can add TinyURL to your browser’s toolbar and create a link of the website you’re on by clicking it. Sure, a Chrome extension would be a better option, but this works just as well.
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