Using Short URLs
This seems to be something new, well sort of, growing in popularity for the past year or so. Short URLs are pretty cool. You can take something like http://thisisareallylonganddrawnoutboringtoreadwishitwasoverwebsiteaddress.com <<not a real website
And shorten it to http://tinyurl.com/73y2s74 . Pretty cool right? There are a lot of different websites that you can get a Short URL from. Most are free and with some of the sites you can track whether or not people click on it, when it was clicked on and sometimes, the IP address or at least a general location to where the click occurred.
Here’s my issue with Short URLs. It is a good idea to have a following of people that you are sending your links out to. Maybe you have list of people that you regularly send out emails to a few times a week. Or you have a following on Facebook or Twitter that trust you and don’t mind clicking on a link from you. With all the hackers and virus’ out there, people are getting more and more cautious about clicking on Short URLs. Do you blame them, that URL can lead them anywhere.
Long and short, I stopped using Short URLs some time ago and my click rates have increased. If you insist on using a Short URL, I would suggest something that most people know like http://TinyUrl.com. As you can see from my example above, your website address is considerable shortened with a short series of numbers at the end of the address.
What I recommend to do is pay $10 and get a domain name for a year. That will certainly hide your long website address and make it just about whatever you want. Here is an article I wrote on purchasing a domain, pretty cool. http://stevekrivda.com/what-is-a-domain.
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