Shortening a URL is a great way to share your links with social networks and an email list.
There are several sites that offer URL shortening, including:
Lets talk about goo.gl and bitly.com first since adf.ly is a little diffent.
Google runs goo.gl, simply go to this site and enter in a long URL that you would like shortened, and click ‘shorten url’.
If you have a Google account you are able to sign and keep track of all the links you have shortened, and return to use them again.
Shortening URLs with bitly
Bitly.com does the same thing but in order to save your URLs and come back to them, you will need to create an account. The difference here is their tracking system.
They show statistics on the links you have shortened, showing you when someone clicked and which short links get clicked the most.
Shortening URLs with Adfly
Now for Adfly, this also shortens links and if you sign in you able to see the links you shortened. The difference are ads, they have a five second window where the people who click your link spend on an ad or website.
They then have the option to skip into the desired content, after those five seconds. We are able to sign up as a publisher or an advertiser to take full advantage of the adfly system.
With the publisher option, we create the shortened URLs and every time someone clicks those links we make a small commission. Adfly also has a referral program that will bring in some extra income as well.
Under the advertiser option, we are able to put our site into they Adfly system to be shown for at least five seconds to the viewers of the shortened URLs. This costs about one US dollar for every thousand views via Adfly.
There is a minimum purchase of $5, so this will get you 5,000 visitors. It is a very effective way of bringing people to your site but the visits and views are extremely low quality.
Some people will sign up for the services you are offering when you see it in adfly but because these are not targeted to anyone specific there is a lot of ‘junk traffic’.
If you are looking to pay for visits to your site, use Facebook ads or Google’s Adwords program. This will give you a much higher conversion rate.
If you have any questions about shortening URLs please ask me in the comment section below, and I will be more than happy to help!